Re: Playoff format question????
posted at 3/27/2012 5:13 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Playoff format question????
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Playoff format question???? : I would support a balanced schedule. I would even support eliminating inter-conference play.
I know it's not a popular position on here, but it would go a long way to re-establishing rivalries...it would also cut down significantly on travel which I'm sure the players would like.
Posted by hangnail[/QUOTE]
How can you have a balanced schedule without inter-conference play?
It's bad enough right now, with teams outside of each conference only meeting once a year, eliminating IC play would make it worse.
For one thing, you wouldn't have a SC rematch game, like the Canucks-Boston epic in January.
I think the league should just go with 2 15-team divisions, with each team playing each division rival 3 times (alternate 2-1 home ice year to year), and each team in the other division twice (home & home). That produces a 72 game schedule (I think we'd all agree that the regular season is too long), and allows the Cup to be presented before June. It also guarantees that every team has at least one home game against every other team in the league (not so presently).
And while this will result in more travel, it will have the effect of levelling the playing field, at least a bit, in terms of travel disparity between east & west based teams. Currently, the west teams are logging 18,000 miles more (on average) per team than those in the Boston-Washington corridor. The other teams that have it pretty rough are the two FLA teams.