They want to guarantee every team who is qualifiying for the Playoffs to have at least two games at home. Sold-out or good filled arenas give clubs a big financial boost.
Zecke, I think PrePlayoffs in best-of-five mode would be devastating. Look at the attendance numbers in those games. Clubs produce red numbers in these games, so that would be a real bad decision in my opinion. I think the Pre-Playoff concept isn't working here and it should be considered to get rid of it.
I would love to see best-of-seven in all Playoff series. Next year there are four regular season games less, perhaps they can work it out.
The reason the first round is best-of-seven is simply to get all those fans from 4 teams that are gonna be knocked out in the first round one more chance to buy tickets for their club's games. It's about money.
From a sporting aspect, it would be best to have the first round be best-of-five.
i'd prefer a best of 5 in pre-POs, quarters and semis and a best of 7 in the finals.
best of 7 in all rounds doesn't work because there's not enough time left before the WC.
and no reason to be bitter. i must admit that lions really surprised me and (i hope no one reads this) enjoyed me. very good hockey and a lot of passion.
The only reason to be bitter is game three. Not because of the goal waved off in OT... In this game they had the biggest opportunity to win and they did not convert 4 or 5 quality chances and many PP opportunities.
GERMANY - SKATERS
1 FLAAKE JEROME KOLN
2 STURM SOREN KOLN
3 NOWAK MARKO DUSSELDORF JR.
4 RIEFERS PHILIP KREFELD JR.
5 RITTER TONI MANNHEIM JR.
6 AKDAG SINAN KREFELD
7 GEIGER PATRICK EISBAREN BERLIN
8 BRUECKNER BENEDIKT MANNHEIM JR.
9 RUPPRICH STEVEN EISBAREN JR.
10 HUEBSCHER ANDRE KREFELD JR.
11 WEISS DANIEL EISBAREN JR. C L
12 TEGKAJEV ARTHUR DUSSELDORF JR.
GERMANY - GOALTENDERS
1 ENGELBRECHT MAXIMILIAN LANDSHUT CANN. JR.
2 ALBRECHT SEBASTIAN EISBAREN JR.
You are right.
I should stop lump all husky fans together. Maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel.
I should not care any longer about being threatened and beaten up in the past.
I should look forward to four easy wins.