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02-27-2013, 12:11 AM
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Sunking278
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Originally Posted by MoreOrr View Post
I’m probably being a broken record with this, but seriously, now that we know what seems to be getting close to the final result for the 4 Divisions alignment, wouldn’t a 3-Conference structure with this scheduling matrix truly have been better? And as for the 84 games, hell there for a short while it seemed that they were going to consider an extra wildcard play-in round, so 84 games doesn’t seem to be a big stretch.

3 Conferences (only Minnesota gets screwed) alignment and scheduling matrix, 6 Divisions, 30 teams, 84 games
6 x 4
4 x 5
2 x 20
1st two Rounds are Conference Playoffs, within each 10 team/2-Division Conference, with only 1 crossover matchup in both Rounds. The 3rd Round is a Conference Elimination Round in which one of the 3 Conferences is eliminated.

Alignment:
West Central East
PACIFICMIDWESTATLANTIC
VancouverDallasNY Rangers
San JoseSt LouisNY Islanders
Los AngelesChicagoNew Jersey
AnaheimDetroitPhiladelphia
PhoenixColumbusPittsburgh
NORTHWESTSOUTHEASTNORTHEAST
EdmontonWashingtonBoston
CalgaryCarolinaMontreal
ColoradoNashvilleOttawa
WinnipegTampa BayToronto
MinnesotaFloridaBuffalo

And if you ask about expansion, I'll reply... What about Quebec City with this planned 4 Division alignment? Good luck getting Detroit and Columbus back in the West.
Not half bad, could definitely live with this alignment.

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