HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-26-2013, 08:31 PM
Join Date: Nov 2011
I can't believe it:
It's actually up on NHL.com.
All divisions as HNIC reported.
Names: ATLANTIC = the New York teams' division
CENTRAL = Montreal and Boston's division
MIDWEST = Minnesota's division
PACIFIC = Los Angeles' division
2 conferences, 4 divisions. Top 3 in each auto-qualify. Each conference gets 2 more.
Matrix = also as reported
To me: 2 problems.
1) There is still a 14/16 split, meaning the western teams have greater likelihood of qualifying for the playoffs. No big deal to me, but I thought the PA was dead against that.
2) Playing matrix still says that the 7-team divisions will play:
Out of conference = home/home = 32 games.
Out of division = 3 games = 21 games.
In division = all other games.
As we have calculated, that makes 82 games, sure, but it's impossible for the in division matrix to work out that way.
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