Blue Heaven Posted March 22, 2017 Share Posted March 22, 2017 https://www.yahoo.com/sports/news/stupid-nhl-divisional-playoff-format-drawing-criticism-062926029--nhl.html In a cruel twist of the NHL's divisional playoff format, say goodbye to one of the three best teams in the league in the first round. ''I don't think it was designed for this,'' Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. ''I don't think it was intended for this to happen.'' The Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins and Blue Jackets could finish 1-2-3 in points, but because they all play in the Metropolitan Division, the second- and third-place teams will face off in the first round. ''It's stupid. It's the stupidest thing ever,'' forward Daniel Winnik of the league-leading Capitals said. ''It doesn't work. It doesn't make sense.'' ''It's not a good system when your one wild-card team can cross over and they have kind of, if they perform, a clear path to get to the final,'' Washington GM Brian MacLellan said. ''I think the incentive should be the higher team gets the easier path.'' I agree, stupid f'n format even if the Rangers have the easier path. I would have liked to see 1-16 like in the 70s/early 80's but understand the owners/league want to limit/save on travel, so just go back to 1-8 then. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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