The new playoff format - specifically, the wildcard/crossover rule
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03-07-2013, 12:36 PM
Join Date: Dec 2004
Originally Posted by
Buck Aki Berg
The biggest problem with a crosover/wildcard/whatever is that it presupposes that a fifth-place team in one division that has a better record than a fourth-place team in the opposite division would still have that better record if they were in that division.
Suppose New Jersey finishes fifth in their division, and has a better record than Boston, who finishes fourth in theirs - their records can't be stacked against one another because Boston has played 40-45 games against their division, while New Jersey has only played 15-20 games against Boston's division.
But that argument can be made no matter what the format. You can currently argue that if a team finishing in the 7/8 spot in the East were to actually play more games vs. the West, that they wouldn't make the top 8 in the West.
Unless every team plays each other team the same number of times, this will always be an issue.
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