This will be interesting. Can't say I am overly receptive to the new playoff format as I enjoy the current format, but i'm excited to see how it all works out.
__________________ "The ‘now’ is very good in Chicago. The ‘now’ back in the days when they were drafting first, second and third? It wasn’t very good. But the core of fans that stuck with them, if you asked them now, I betcha they’d say it was worth it.” - Kevin Cheveldayoff
East 1: New York Rangers, New York Islanders, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Carolina and Washington East II: Florida, Tampa, Montreal, Toronto, Buffalo, Ottawa and Boston. Central: Columbus, Detroit, Winnipeg, Nashville, Dallas, Minnesota, St. Louis and Chicago West: Phoenix, Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Jose, Vancouver, Colorado, Edmonton and Calgary
Sixteen teams will still make the playoffs, and the first two rounds of the playoffs will be within the conference.
I think it means we'll have 6 out of 41 home games (and road games) against Canadian teams (~15%). The other Canadian teams will be playing Canadian rivals about 10 times at home and 10 times on the road (~25% of the time). So we're going to be the one team that no one else in Canada, east or west, knows much about or has a rivalry with. Not that that necessarily matters, but it could hurt attempts to expand the fanbase into Saskatchewan or Newfoundland & Labrador, for example.
Just wanted to stop by and say that I(and most other Wild fans, for that matter) are pretty pumped that we're going to be in the same conference as you guys. We're pretty close geographically, so hopefully some sense of a rivalry can develop. Congrats on the team and good luck for the rest of the year!
Another Wild fan here come to say hi to you guys. I am psyched to be in a division with you guys. I live in Fargo-Moorhead so it will be cool to try to go see Jets-Wild games in both buildings in the future