In an attempt to address the issue of fairness, the NHL has proposed a new playoff system for next season’s realigned league.
—- The top three teams in the two eight-team “Eastern” conferences would make the playoffs, with two wildcard teams from the remaining 10 teams qualifying as well.
—- The top three teams in the two seven-team “Western” conferences would make the playoffs, with two wildcard teams from the remaining eight teams qualifying as well.
For playoffs, East or West, wild card team with fewest points gets seeded 4th vs division winner with highest points.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 26, 2013
Neither the NHLPA or the Board of Governors has signed off on the proposal, and whether the proposed system adequately addresses the fairness issue is debatable. After all, there will still be fewer teams for those in the seven-team conferences to beat out for a postseason spot.
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