The new playoff format - specifically, the wildcard/crossover rule
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03-07-2013, 11:11 PM
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Completely agree with the bolded part. The rest, not so much.
First, it doesn't reduce the number of Division matchups, it simply has the potential to reduce maximum 1/4 of the matchups. And as for travel headaches, there's no way that they could be any where as severe as they currently are, because, with primarily Divisional matchups, the number of potential travel headaches will be significantly reduced.
Secondly, they can allow for the possibility of crossovers not continuing into the 2nd Round if they don't use a wildcard format and not permanently peg a wildcard team into another Division. Just use a top-8 format, with a minimum 3 teams per Division guaranteed a Playoff spot.
It potentially reduces the divisonal matchups. If you just have seedings based on division, you have 8 divisional matchups in the first round and 4 in the second. Thats guaranteed.
Again, yes travel headaches are reduced, but they could be all but eliminated without the wildcard. As it is now, Nashville could play Vancouver in the first round. And then Vancouver could play Chicago in the second. If you do all in division, there's no chance of that.
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