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02-26-2013, 02:53 PM
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NHL standing could end up with a top ranked division winner Chicago playing lower ranked wildcard from pacific team such as L.A. while Pacific top seeded Vancouver plays the higher ranked wildcard from Nashville while the 2nd seeded and 3rd seeded divisional opponents get easier travel. This is a flawed format even 4 teams from each conference made it. If you apply this with 5 teams from a division and 3 other teams from other division then it would make sense. I would have the top seed division whose division of 3 teams made the playoffs makes the choice for the travel purpose, 1 v 3 or wildcard team.

I would rather Vancouver vs LA over Nashville or Chicago vs Nashville over LA if it ever happens

If LA wins its series against Chicago, then LA would still have to play against a central team such as St. Louis or Dallas for round 2.

IF Nashville wins its series against Vancouver then Nashville would play against a team from San Jose.

This causes too much travel for both teams. Again, this is a flawed playoff format.

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