HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-25-2013, 12:06 PM
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That's all good and fine, and I agree. But some here, perhaps you as well, are arguing that it shouldn't matter if the 5th place team is even 10pts lower than the 4th, there should still be this wildcard play-in opportunity. So in one Conference you got a 5th place team 10pts lower, and in the other you've got a 5th and 6th tied both 1 point lower than the 4th spot. Where's the sense in that?
Take the Standings as they actually are after 82 games and go with that. But if the 4th and 5th in an 8-team Conference haven't played an equal home-and-home, and the 5th place team could overtake the 4th with a win in a 6th game between the two... Then wildcard game does perhaps increase the fairness, which relates to the PA's issue about imbalance.
The hellish thing for me in all these threads is in that every new situation that comes up, I find myself supporting the very thing that I was criticizing in the previous thread, because the new situation has presented something even worse and now I have to argue in favor of what was on the table previously. I feel like I've fallen into a blackhole.
I'm not a fan of the wild-card or play-in or whatever. Top 4 make it. The two eastern conferences have to beat out 4 teams instead of 3? Too bad. Secondly, I do not think it is going to be as bad as it happened in the 80s because now it is 16 out of 30 instead of 16 out of 21. In 88, Rangers (82) and Penguins (who finished 6th in the Patrick with 81) both had more points than the Whalers who finished 4th in the Adams with 77. They both finished with more than the Blues who were SECOND in the Norris with 76. Yes, you will have seasons where the 5th and 6th of one conference have more than the 4th in another, but I do not think it will be as ridiculous. Maybe 2 or 3 points, but I doubt you see a 5th place team with 6 more points than a 2nd place team.
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