HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-25-2013, 02:11 PM
Join Date: Nov 2011
About this explanation I made:
7-teams - No wild card 4/7 = 57%
8-teams - wild card means the 4th and 5th play a short play-in. Maybe a 1-game, or a 3-game series.
The reasoning goes: 8-team conferences, not enough teams in the playoffs (is, greater chance to make the playoffs in the 7-team conferences). So, we have to increase the # of playoff teams in the big conferences. That's why the 5th team gets a chance. But, since it really is another round, it's not a full chance.
I think that is the reasoning, but I hate it. I have said often here that I think a 7/8/7/8 is better. The home/home with everyone and the rest in your group is fine to me. But, then, I would do a top-8.
That wild-card is ugly in my eyes. But, $$ in the eyes of the league and the PA.
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