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02-26-2013, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Icedog2735 View Post
Per the latest tweets by McKenzie it seems that for the last spots in each conference, the two "western" conferences will be grouped together and the two "eastern" conferences will be grouped together. This would avoid the issue of say Boston playing Vancouver in round one.
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Top 3 teams in each of two 8-team East conferences make the playoffs. Two wild cards from remaining 10 East teams also make the playoffs.
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Top 3 teams in each of two 7-team West conferences make playoffs. Two wild cards from remaining 8 West teams also make the playoffs.
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Playoff format remains old divisional style, 1 vs. 4, 2 vs. 3 though it remains to be seen how the wild cards are slotted for first-round.
https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie

This is much better than the league-wide scramble. Though, I still don't see why it needs to be applied to the Western teams, since they've already got the mathematically better chances of qualifying. And I still prefer the simple top-four qualifications. But I can live with it.

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