Yea... It is 8 out of 16. You could say its 2 wild cards out of 10 teams, opposed to 2 out of 8 if you look at it like that.. Regardless, it's statistically gonna be harder to make the playoffs in the east then west, no way to lather that one up. Just how it is.
It's not though. It's 3 out of 8, in your own division. Then 2 wildcards out of 10 teams.
Yes... In the east... And it's 3 out of 7 and 2 out of 8... I don't understand the confusion. There's one less team fighting for 3 division spots and 2 less teams fighting for 2 wildcard spots.
(ASSUMING ALL TEAMS HAVENT PLAYED A GAME)
For West teams:
To clinch a top 3 seed in division - 42.8% chance
To clinch a wild card spot - 25% chance
To clinch a playoff spot - 57.1%
For East teams:
To clinch a top 3 seed in division - 30% chance
To clinch a wild card spot - 20% chance
To clinch a playoff spot - 50%
I understand you perfectly, all I'm saying is the way that this format is good is that if you are at least a competitive, playoff contender type team, this format actually benefits you. The only teams this hurts is weak teams and bubble teams. When we are a perennial playoff contender, we don't have to worry about competing against Pittsburgh, NY Rangers, Philly, New Jersey, and the Isles in a couple years. Whatever the Atlantic division teams are doing, doesn't affect us at all. Hopefully after we draft MacKinnon/Jones/Barkov/Drouin, and some of our other top prospects pan out, we can at least be the 3rd best out of 8 teams, most of which don't figure to be that impressive. Otherwise we're in trouble.