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12-29-2003, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by dragonwyck
The main reason that it is the case is because the NHL left the divisional playoff format. When you played the same 2 or 3 teams for 10 straight years in the playoffs, you really HATE those teams.

This is exactly the reason I've been saying for a few years now that the league needs to return to a 4 division alignment (even though they'd be unbalanced) and return the playoff system to where the 1st two rounds are within the division.
The problem with that though is teams like say Calgary this season may end up with 94 points just say. In your scenario a team like Chicago with maybe 78 points would go on to play the Wings while Calgary finishing last in their Division misses.

The way the format is not is almost complete... just get rid of the division winners and rank the teams 1-8 based on points earned period. Play each confrence foe 5 times a season and the rest the Eastern teams.

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