HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-26-2013, 12:42 PM
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This Could still possibly be true, patnyr. Though it seems that the PA doesn't want any 5th place teams missing the Playoffs if they have better records than 4th place teams in other Conferences.
Problem is, this system greatly increases the travel (and more importantly, the time-zone differences) if it is applied to the Western Conference teams. Last year would have seen Division winner STL being punished by traveling across timezones to visit LAK. Their weakest in-division team was CHI, with 101 pts. The year prior might have had PHO @ NSH; then maybe CLG @ CHI in 2009-2010; and ANA @ CHI in 2008-2009. So much for winning the division, eh?
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