the play-in can take a week at the most (first week of April) and hopefully the cup can be raised by the end of May at the latest.
in the 20-team format, why do you assume that teams won’t be killing each other for the #9 and #10 positions? to simply reduce this down to true, ‘authentic’ hockey fans and ‘inauthentic’ hockey fans and outsiders and ‘americans’ like Bettman is way too simplistic.]]>
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If the playoffs were to end today and the 20-team playoff was a reality, in the East it would look like:
10. NJ – with Montreal taking on NJ and Toronto taking on NYI. lets say the habs and Toronto win their best-of-three, then they play NYR and Ottawa respectively.
most people will probably dislike this 20-team format because it makes the nhl playoffs too easy to make, etc. etc. i DO dislike the 1-2 divisional seeding idea (just like i dislike the 1-2-3 seeding system right now). i think the top 6 best records – regardless of divisional placing should count and that’s it. also, i know that the only reasons why the governors are considering this is for additional profits.
however, i think this 20-team idea is a good idea for 3 reasons:
1) think of the excitement it will create. think about the past few seasons in which we’ve seen perfectly strong above .500 teams like Edmonton and Buffalo and LA not make the playoffs because of the 16-seed system. now they have a shot. and anything can happen in a best-of-three. and lets not forget that its still going to be hard on a 10th place team to win the best-of-three, then have to take on the first place team for their ‘reward.’
2) as a result of the OTL system, the records are going to look even better for those teams in the 9th, 10th seedings. for example, look at NJ and NYI. the devils have a 14-12-4 record – above .500 right? well, technically they lost 16 games against 14 wins. the islanders are 15-13-2 and have actually won only half of their games. so there are going to be more teams with deceptively good looking records missing the playoffs.
i dunno. i think if people are willing to play with the shootout idea, then why is this so controversial?! i think we can bow to the pressures of those sports fans that ‘hate ties’ and always need a winner in a regular season contest, why not try this out.
i don’t care what non-NHL fans think about the league if this happened. just like i don’t think people should care if non-hockey fans might like the shootout.]]>