HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-26-2013, 11:46 AM
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Having the Wildcard teams in the West is stupid. Say the Wilcard teams are both from the "central" division and the top 3 teams in the West are Vancouver, San Jose, Anaheim. San Jose and Anaheim while potentially playing a tougher opponent have a much nicer travel schedule for the 1st round, while the Canucks who lets say finished ahead of them will have to go 2 timezones over in their 1st rd series. If you are going to go with divisional playoffs, don't mess with it and add this stupid wildcard rule.
The only thing I could see to make this reasonably fair would be to give the first seed of the division that gets the crossover team a choice between playing their third seed or the wild card team, although that isn't exactly fair to the 3rd seed either.
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