It’s Time to Change the NHL Playoff Format

May 21st, 2011 by Bobby Brooks Leave a reply »
Are you one of those fans that like the NHL the way it is?  If so, this article might not be for you.  The reality is, if there is a way to improve on something, why not go ahead and do it?

As it stands now, the top eight teams from each conference make the playoffs.  Each division winner is seeded one through three based on point totals with the remaining five teams seeded accordingly.

The only problem?  The matchups get stale.

Yes, watching Boston vs. Montreal and Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh makes for great television, but what if we could see them in the Stanley Cup finals?

There are a number of ideas swirling around about how to change up the format.

Some people want a homogeneous NHL that would do away with the conferences and seeds one through 16.    Others want to stop granting division winners top spots when other deserving teams have more points.  

The problem with these options is that it takes away a lot of the appeal of the current setup.   It won't matter how novel a new idea is, a large faction of fans will still want to see their ...

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