The new playoff format - specifically, the wildcard/crossover rule
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03-03-2013, 06:49 PM
Join Date: Jul 2012
The other option for realignment is do away with conferences and go with 5 6 team divisions.
For the playoffs the top 2 in each division (10) earn a spot in the playoffs with a bye.
The next 12 face off have a short play in round of best of 3 or best of 5 series. the winning 6 advance to a final 16.
D1: VAN, CGY, EDM, SJ, LA, ANA
D2: PHX, COL, DAL, STL, CHI, MIN
D3: NAS, CBS, WAS, CAR, FL, TB
D4: WPG, DET, TOR, BUF, OTT, MON
D5: PIT, PHL, NJ, NYR, NYI, BOS
D1: VAN, PHX, COL, SJ, LA, ANA
D2: CGY, EDM, CHI, STL, MIN, WPG
D3: NYR, NYI, NJ, BOS, MON, OTT
D4: NAS, FLA, TB, WAS, CAR, DAL
D5: BUF, PIT, CBS, OTT, DET, TOR
Go with 10 3 team divisions. Each conference Division winners advance then the next 6 wild card teams have a play in round for final 8.
OR....just set up 8 divisions of 4 or 3 teams designating SEA as an expansion and QC as an expansion with PHX possibly moving to TOR
1: (SEA), VAN, CGY, EDM
2: LA, SJ, ANA, COL
3: PHX(*), DAL, STL, NAS
4: WPG, MIN, CHI, DET
5: TB, FL, WAS, CAR
6: CBS, PIT, PHL, NJ
7: BUF, TOR, OTT, NYI
8: MON, BOS, NYR, (QC)
If PHX moves to TOR2...
1,2,7,8 dont change....
3: DAL, NAS, FL, TB
4: WPG, MIN, CHI, STL
5: WAS, CAR, PHL, NJ
6: CBS, PIT, DET, TOR2
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