HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-25-2013, 12:19 PM
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Which means the easiest way to fix the eastern two conferences would be to do a play-in of the worst fourth-place team against the best fifth-place team. It aligns the numbers as MNN suggests. That also means having a "cross-over" doesn't kill the starting times of the eastern teams, either.
Heck, I'd be fine with having the eastern two conferences qualifying for the playoffs like a single conference, if the matrix would look something like:
28 games = 2 games per 14 western conference teams
24 games = 3 games against other eastern "conference"
30 games = 4 games against in-conference (4 per team, two teams are five)
Then stack the playoffs accordingly.
Tell me that doesn't make every game in the eastern two conferences mean something.
Yes, a crossover between the two Eastern Conferences wouldn't create any kind of TZ issue. But still though, why the wildcard play-in? Just do the crossover and have done with it. If the 5th place team in the one Conference wins the game, there's going to be a crossover regardless.
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