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02-27-2013, 11:58 AM
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NHL new format discussion

With the next season starts a new NHL format, most likely with 4 divisions and 2 conferences. The playoffs would be divisional first. 2x7 teams in west and 2x8 teams in east.

McKenzie yesterday on twitter (nothing is approved yet):

Top 3 teams in each of two 8-team East conferences make the playoffs. Two wild cards from remaining 10 East teams also make the playoffs.
Top 3 teams in each of two 7-team West conferences make playoffs. Two wild cards from remaining 8 West teams also make the playoffs.
Playoff format remains old divisional style, 1 vs. 4, 2 vs. 3 though it remains to be seen how the wild cards are slotted for first-round.
I assume schedule matrix stays same as Dec/2011 proposal. Clubs in 7-team conf play 6x 6 in conf (36), and home-and-away with other 23 (46).
8-team conferences also play home-and-away with 22 out of conf teams (44) but play either 5 or 6 games vs. conference rivals (38).

Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa, Toronto in one (East) conference.
Carolina, Columbus, New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington in another (East) conference.
Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis, Winnipeg in one (West) conference.
Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose, Vancouver in the other (West) conference.
What do you think?

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