I really doubt the NHL would have Montreal and Toronto play on the same day so I will say Vancouver with that being the condition.
Another question would be which matchups come 1, 2, 3:
Toronto vs Carolina (their baby vs small draw)
Montreal vs Ottawa/Winnipeg (#2 draw vs another huge draw)
Vancouver vs Kings (would have said Chicago but I couldn't realistically justify that so rematch of last year)
iirc the sens/pens still had better ratings per game (CBC vs TSN - not including RDS obviously), though less games total.
not sure how the habs 'screwed' cbc.
More people get CBC than TSN and there may be those in Quebec who have a pecking order of CBC>RDS>TSN (or TSN>RDS>CBC) so the numbers can't be exactly translated. Also a series going 7 instead of 5 is a bigger deal than you are letting on.
Is it two series per night, or 2 out of the 8 going on, even if there are only 4 per night?
there are 8 series in the first round. CBC and TSN each get 4. Once the season is over, they pick in this order:
once the picks are finalized (plus taking into consideration what NBC does in the USA), the schedules are made, and the NHL tries to format it so that each network has games in both timeslots on most nights, and also have afternoon weekend games for NBC.
the RDS split is too much to overcome. Montreal vs a "good canadian draw" is better than ottawa/alberta/winnipeg, but montreal vs anyone is no match for english language ratings vs toronto or vancouver.
Honestly if Toronto steals Hughson from us I will cry.
So would we. Take him.
As for the poll, Leafs/Canucks get picked. As mentioned, Leafs/Habs are on the same slot and the Leafs would make more money. Unless the Habs/Leafs play alternate nights and the Habs play afternoon Saturday games.