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02-26-2013, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Rupertslander View Post
TSN is reporting on how the playoffs will work in the new alignment:

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=416857

It sounds similar to my suggestion, except that the League apparently wants to guarantee three playoff spots per conference where I'd prefer to guarantee no more than two. Nevertheless, they could do much worse.
Three is good. The more guaranteed spots the better, because each conference is playing the same schedule whereas it is less equitable to compare point totals between teams from different conferences with vastly different schedules.

While I had also been a fan of a 5 team max from each conference, I suppose it couldn't hurt if 6 or 7 got in all from one conference (that 8th team would probably have like 1 conference win).

The important facts of a mixed playoff system where not all conferences have 4 teams is that you can no longer have post-season conference champions. You can have Stanley Cup semifinals and you can have winners of the Clarence Campbell and Prince of Wales Trophies, but the "Atlantic Conference Champion" will be a regular season award.

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