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03-14-2013, 03:41 PM
Holden Caulfield
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Originally Posted by Soble View Post
As usual nothing is perfect, and the NHL has opened itself up to “sportsmanlike dumping” – ie losing a game purposely to improve your chances at the ultimate goal (best playoff matchup on way to Stanley Cup)

ANA 103
CAL 102
EDM 85
LA 84

WPG 107
COL 98
DAL 96
MIN 94

Last game of the season, ANA plays CAL. Guess what? If ANA wins, they then face 94 pt MIN. If ANA loses, they face 85 pt EDM. Of course ANA will say they are trying to win, but this is not good for anybody and the fault lies with the rules.

PS. At least they were aware enough to realize West teams playing 29 division games (5 games vs 5 teams, 4 games vs 1 team) mathematically will not work out with an odd number of teams. Hence the “exception - one team from each division plays one less game inside Division and one more game inside Conference outside Division”.
Maybe. However you can use this exact same argument with the current format...

LAK 112
STL 111
CGY 92
DET 102
SJS 101
DAL 100
SJS plays last game against DAL...exact same thing...

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