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02-27-2013, 12:35 PM
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It seems a simple solution would be a CFL-style crossover where the 5th seeded team of Division X assumes the position of the 4th seed of Division Y and stays there for the remainder of the playoffs.

For example, under proposed realignment the East would have looked as follows (playoff teams are bolded, wild card teams are in italics)

NY Rangers - 109
Pittsburgh - 108
Philadelphia - 103
New Jersey - 102
Washington - 92

Carolina - 82
NY Islanders - 79
Columbus - 65

Detroit - 102
Boston - 102
Florida - 94

Ottawa - 92
Buffalo - 89
Tampa Bay - 84
Toronto - 80
Montreal - 78

My first thought was that Washington would take the 4th seed in the Central Division and play Detroit and then the winner of Boston/Florida if they advanced. On the other hand, New Jersey would play the NY Rangers.

As an aside, last year's Stanley Cup Final would have featured two Wild Card teams.

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