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02-26-2013, 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Enigma Publius View Post
Who needs fairy tales when there are facts to be considered? Fact is, Colorado's travel is significantly less in the current proposal vs. the previous one from the NHL.

Old Proposal (in miles)
COL - SJS - 962
COL - PHO - 584
COL - ANA - 822
COL - LAK - 832
COL - VAN - 1103
COL - CAL - 895
COL - EDM - 1032
6032 - total distance one way
890 - average distance one way

Current Proposal
COL - WPG - 797
COL - MIN - 703
COL - CHI - 917
COL - STL - 792
COL - NSH - 730
COL - DAL - 664
4603 - total distance one way
767 - average distance one way

That's an improvement of over a hundred miles, one way. I'd say that matters.
Now compare Colorado in the Central with Detroit/Columbus in the Central. That 123 mile average difference is more than made up for.
Originally Posted by Enigma Publius View Post
Looking at the standings for five years (including this one), the most recent rumor (top three in EVERY conference qualify, the four remaining Wild Cards are distributed globally based on points) produces some disturbing results. Looking at this year's standings, the proposed Eastern division (for lack of a better moniker) would currently send six of its eight teams to the playoffs - resulting in, say, TB @ ANA. DET would likely be kicked into the Atlantic against NJD. In 2009-2010, the proposed Western Division would have sent six of its seven teams to the playoffs with the possible ANA @ WSH and CAL @ CHI opening round matchup.

Yikes! What a terrible, clumsy and unnecessarily complicated system!
Well, if you have cross-over series, there really is no longer any reason to have bracketed playoffs. If 6 teams qualify from 1 division, play 3 series between them. Sure you'll still have a cross-over series in Round 2, but you still would have had this had you added needless cross-overs in Round 1.

1 Montreal vs. 6 Tampa Bay (Northeast)
2 Ottawa vs. 5 Detroit (Northeast)
3 Boston vs. 4 Toronto (Northeast)
1 Chicago vs. 4 Dallas (Central)
2 Nashville vs. 3 St. Louis (Central)
1 Anaheim vs. 6 Carolina **cross-country series
2 Pittsburgh vs. 4 New Jersey (Atlantic)
3 Vancouver vs. 5 Los Angeles (Pacific)

3 divisional series and then:
Northeast team vs. Pitt/NJ (if Ana>Car) or Van/LA (if Car>Ana)
Anaheim is a high seed and likely to beat Carolina, so only a minimal chance of a cross-country series here.

In 2010-11, #6 Calgary finished 2 points behind #4 Montreal and #5 Buffalo in the wild-card race. When these teams are playing the same schedule and playing more games against one another, you will find the median of each of the 4 conferences closer to one another.

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