HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-25-2013, 01:50 PM
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Prior to 1-8 conference seeding that started with 93-94 playoffs, this is exactly how it was in the NHL (Except instead of "conferences" they were "divisions"). And I bet if you go back and look at standings pre 93-94, you'll see this very issue come up. Point is, a "purist" would say that this is the way to go since it is exactly what the NHL did prior to 93-94.
It didn't start until 81-82 (or maybe 82-83). Before that, it was a 1-16 seeding league-wide. In the 70s, when 12 made the play-offs the 4 division winners got first round byes and were seeded 1-4.
'44-'67: 6 teams, 1 league, top 4 make playoffs
'68-'70: 12 teams, 2 conferences, top 4 per conference make playoffs, first two rounds in conference
'71-'74: 14/16 teams, 2 conferences, top 4 per conference make playoffs, first round in conference, second round cross over (East vs West)
'75-'79: 18/17 teams, 4 divisions in 2 conferences, division winners get byes plus next 8 league wide make playoffs, first round non-byes seeded 1-8, second round reseeded 1-8, third round reseeded 1-4
'80-'81: 21 teams, 4 divisions in 2 conferences, top 16 league wide make playoffs, first round seeded 1-16, second round reseeded 1-8, third round reseeded 1-4
'82-'93: 21-24 teams, 4 divisions in 2 conferences, top 4 in division make playoffs, first two rounds in division, third round in conference
'94-'98: 26 teams, 4 divisions in 2 conferences, top 8 in conference make playoffs, first 3 rounds in conference, reseed after each round.
'99-date: 27-30 teams, 6 divisions in 2 conferences, top 8 in conference make playoffs, first 3 rounds in conference, reseed after each round.
edit: after deducing that from hockeydb, then I find this page on NHL.com
Stanley Cup Playoffs
The NHL has changed its playoff format numerous times over the years. What follows is a history of the various playoff formats:
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