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NHL divisional playoff format is drawing criticism

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04-21-2017, 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by NickWIHockey View Post
playoff expansion is likely. I'd rather it be a short series than a 1 game thing. i would also like if the NHL added a tiebreaker game if 2 teams are tied in points at the end of the season. WHA had that, and it works. So this year Toronto and Boston would have played a tiebreaker for the 3 seed in the Atlantic, with the loser getting a wildcard.
I'd be all for a tie-breaker if and only if it meant the loser is out. A tie-breaker to determine 2nd vs 3rd place or 3rd vs the wild-card is a waste and I doubt the teams would want it. However, if two teams are tied for the last wild card spot, or 3rd when both wild-cards are coming from the other division? Go for it.

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I would like to see a league wide format that would look like this

The top team in the league gets a 'bye' in the 1st round... you worked hard in the regular season and are the best team you can rest for the first round

The 15 and 16th teams , play a one game sudden death game. Hosted by 15th team

Whoever wins ... Plays the 2nd best record team...

1st 3 rounds format will be 2-3-2 (due to potential travel headaches)

Finals format 2-2-1-1-1

Why this works: all year long you mainly play your division rivals.. then again in the playoffs? Kind of tiresome. This way you create new rivalries year after year. And for the finals ...yes the Bruins can potentially meet the Habs and Canucks can meet the Kings. Why the hell not?

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