HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-26-2013, 09:48 AM
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I would like to go back to Enigma Publius' idea here, and play with the numbers some more, because the whole thing is starting to make a little more sense to me.
I believe the idea was a wild card in the 8-team conferences only.
So, PAC and CENT - 4/7 = 57% qualify.
In the EAST, let's call them EAST and ATL. Top 3 in each conference auto-qualify. The wild cards are the next 2 best of the 4th and 5th place finishers. Your playoff bracket would have 1 crossover. It doesn't matter which series it is for this description.
So, in the EAST/ATL we have 8/16 qualifying, but that is tempered out a bit, because high 5 can get in there, so it's maybe like 9/16 = 56%. So, we are close to equal.
Now, however, there are one thing that makes sense about this:
It answers the question: Why are both 8-team conferences in the ETZ? Because this crossover is a terrible idea if it includes anyone from the CTZ, MTZ, or PTZ.
I say this because this realignment is not about PHX, although we want to guess it is. The NHL wouldn't be telling the PA anything about that.
So, this answers a bigger question, too. And, it seems more like something put together with some thought.
Because there are 16 teams in the eastern time zone and 16 divided by 2 equals 8.
Seriously doubt they are considering whether Phoenix moves or if they expand. They will cross that bridge when they come to it.
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