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Why limit the NHL playoffs to just the mediocre and above-average? | Hockey | ESTSN

Why limit the NHL playoffs to just the mediocre and above-average?

Sunday, March 30th, 2008   (10 years, 6 months ago)

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What could possibly be done to render the 82 games of the NHL regular season even more meaningless? How about adding some more teams to the playoffs?

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Ross McKeon of Yahoo Sports apparently feels it’s unfair for so many teams to be excluded just because they aren’t able to reach the level of mediocrity necessary to make the NHL playoffs.

The NHL has 30 team, and 16 of them make the playoffs. This means, by definition, that at least 2 of these teams are at best average.

“Shouldn’t a Toronto Maple Leafs team that goes 41-33-8 in 2005-06 be in the playoffs?”

He’s got a point - if you have to win more games than you lose just to make the playoffs then we’re going to exclude a lot of teams that are almost average! Is that how we want sports to be? Do we really want teams to have to win games just to make the playoffs?

McKean, who has apparently followed hockey long enough to recall the old 90-and-you’re-in rule, points out that in 2006 “Out west, Vancouver (42-32-8) and Los Angeles (42-35-5) had 92 and 89 points, respectively, and failed to qualify.”

These teams won 2 more games than they lost and they still didn’t make the playoffs! What is the matter with NHL management?

Fortunately McKeon has a solution:

“So maybe it could go something like this: Ten teams from each conference qualify for the postseason, but the six teams with the most regular-season points in each conference draw an opening-round bye. Opening-round conference matchups would pair the No. 7 vs. No. 10 and No. 8 vs. No. 9 in best-of-five “qualifying-round” series.”

This goes on for another 9 paragraphs.

Here’s an idea Ross - what if you pretend the first 82 games these teams play against each other is the first round of the playoffs…

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Comments on “Why limit the NHL playoffs to just the mediocre and above-average?”

  1. j2i2m22
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    Hahaha, I love it. That is the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard of… the post-season is fine the way it is… why does everyone seem to want to tinker it?

  2. Momus
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    I tried to read the entire article but my head exploded.

    This guy’s plan is awesome - if there’s one thing I love it’s watching hockey in the middle of July.

  3. spike
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    My thoughts from my blog on this:

    http://www.tuscolatoday.com/weblogs/tuscola-county-sports/2008/apr/06/word-about-nhl-playoffs/

    “Did they miss the fact that the third number in the W-L-OTL line is Overtime LOSSES? Add those losses to the ‘L’ catagory and Edmonton (41-32-9) finished with 41 losses for a .500 record and the Hawks (40-34-8) were under .500.”

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