NHL Possibly Switching Postseason Format?

March 9th, 2010 by Frank Castaldi Leave a reply »
Monday's general managers meetings was primarily focused around headshots, mainly stemming from the most recent altercation between Matt Cooke and Marc Savard this past Sunday.

One topic caught my eye, however. A discussion was brought up to change the current structure for the playoffs.

Instead of having the division winners, and then the next top-five teams from each conference making the postseason, it was discussed to have the top-seven teams from each conference make the postseason.

The remaining eight teams from each conference would then play in a qualification round with single-game eliminations.

In other words, if the season ended today this is what the Eastern Conference would look like heading into the playoffs:

1. Washington

2. Pittsburgh

3. Buffalo

4. New Jersey

5. Ottawa

6. Philadelphia

7. Montreal

Those teams would be guaranteed a playoff position. But then, the eighth spot would be won by the remaining eight teams.

Boston, who currently sits in eighth place, would play Toronto. The Rangers would play the Islander ...

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