HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-25-2013, 09:21 PM
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Top 3 per conference, next best 4 will be the wildcards. I don't think it means more games. Preference given to staying in own conference, so I would imagine they would ship the seeds >4 out to other conferences. The only question is if you make the top seed play the crossover, or save them the travel and make it 1 v 3 and 2 v crossover. Maybe give the 1 seed the choice.
I dont think it works if they just say the next best 4. You could end up with something like San Jose playing in the Atlantic Conference and Anaheim in the Northeast Conference. Crazy travel.
Whole point is to limit travel and promote conference rivals. 4 vs 5 in conference in a play in makes the most sense. Just a matter of the format of the play in.
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