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12-29-2003, 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Biggest Canuck Fan
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.
That's because you're looking at 6 divisions. With 4 divisions of 7 or 8 teams you'd rarely get a bad team making the playoffs. You might get one or two different teams than you're getting right now, but if the concern is getting the teams with the most points in the playoffs then why don't we just get rid of the conferences and rank 1-16 and bracket them like the NCAA BB Tourney?

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.
If you're goal is to decrease rivalries even more, then this would be the plan to go with.