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03-08-2013, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by MNNumbers View Post
I appreciate the reply, LS, but that doesn't really address the bracketing. It just says "These are the 8 teams that will be in." It doesn't say how they will match up, which is what we are wondering.
The only real question about how the matchups will work is on the cross-over. So, for example, let's say this is the scenario:

Rangers 109
Pittsburgh 108
Philadelphia 103
New Jersey 102
Washington 92 (38 ROW)

Boston 102 (40 ROW)
Detroit 102 (39 ROW)
Florida 94
Ottawa 92 (35 ROW)

The matchups would be
Rangers vs Washington
Pittsburgh vs Philadelphia

Boston vs New Jersey
Detroit vs Florida

Ottawa would miss.

The only thing we don't know is what would happen if Washington had 91 points. In that scenario, do both Ottawa and New Jersey cross-over? Or if the top 4 in each division match the top 8 in the conference, the divisional matchups stay intact? I hope it's the latter, personally.

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