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02-27-2013, 09:21 AM
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tarheelhockey
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I know this is a little off the wall, but I'd like to take the April regular-season games and convert them into playoff games.

Something like this:

4 conferences x 8 teams each (post-expansion)

Conference winners get a bye for the play-in round

Play-in round consists of the NEXT 6 teams per conference, making a total of 28 teams in the playoff bracket and 4 out (those are your lottery teams).

Play-in is a seven-game series, H-A-H-A-H-A-H, against conference opponents.

After the play-in, re-seed and play a regular 16-team bracket. First two rounds against conference opponents, then a Final Four based on normal seeding.

It's slightly convoluted, but the basic idea is you're just replacing a few regular season games with playoff games. Only 4 teams would actually lose home dates, and those teams are probably drawing flies at that point anyway. The other 28 teams would technically shorten their regular-season schedule, but would get at least 2 more playoff home dates (bearing in mind that 12 of those teams would have 0 playoff games under the current system) and would significantly increase the number of "rivalry" games going forward.

Just a crazy thought I made up on the fly.

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