NHL schedule IF they start up again this year.

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  1. Peter

    Peter Registered User

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    If the league really does start up on March 1 with a 30 game schedule there are some interesting thoughts of how this shorten year would pan out.

    I would advocate the following:

    1) 30 game conference only play
    2) every NHL team makes playoffs this year
    3) top teams in each division gets first round bye
    4) the rest play best of three games
    5) 2nd round seeded from 1-8 and is best of 5
    6) final rounds are best of 7
    7) playoff revenue shared 60/40 in owners favor

    Thoughts?
     
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    How would you decide your order of selection in the 2005 Entry Draft?

    If you go by the standings in a short season where everyone makes the playoffs, I would tell my coach to play the backups and rookies in the short regular season, and wouldn't mind at all going into the playoffs seeded last with fresh veterans for the playoff run...
     
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    I respect your dreams, but the fact is, there WILL NOT be any NHL this year! The only thing left to do, is for the Fat Lady (Bettman) to Sing, the season is over! The media is dragging this out, only to get ratings. Heck, no Hockey Central if they don't have the lock out to talk about.
     
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    I would say that the order for the 2005 draft would be based on how the teams finished in the playoffs. That way there would be a bit more incentive to try to win (and not throw in the towel for Crosby).
     
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    Why not just have a lottery for the draft because of all of this, or base it on last years rankings?
     
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    28 game, innerconfrence round robin
    • 2 points for a win, 1 for a tie or OTL
      Shootout after 5 minutes of 4 on 4 to determine a winner

    Top 8 seeds make the playoffs from each confrence
    • no division winners
      4 best of 7 playoff rounds

    Teams not making the playoffs are then from 1-14 based on round robin play, GF, GA
    Lottery is then drawn for those 14 teams and the first 14 draft spots taken accordingly
     
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    Peter, according to your system, after the first-round bye, there would be 9 left in each conference (3 division winners, plus 6 winners of the first round series). With 9 teams in each conference, there would be an odd team left out.

    Even if you made the playoffs intraconference, you would have 6 division winners, plus 12 teams getting through the first round. They would then play a second round, and once again, you'd be down to 9 teams after the second round is over. Once again, an odd team out.

    If the league had 28 teams, it could work out perfect mathematically, but having 30 teams makes it a bit more complicated.
     
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    I think the season should be 30 games conference only play
     
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    no ties -
     
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    I like 30 games, interconference play only. No division winners, and top 8 make the playoffs. I'd like to keep the Playoffs standard though, all rounds are best-of-seven.

    I don't like the first round being a best of five.
     
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    I agree with everything except for the shootout. I’m not totally opposed to it down the road, but if they played this season there would already be enough people moaning about the "sanctity" of a 28 game season without adding shootouts, which will throw all the purists into a tizzy.

    As long as they play a full Stanley Cup playoff tournament as it has been played, I don't see anything that would tainted about it. If they played 28 regular season games every team would know that each regular season game is that much more important before the season starts. If a team misses the playoffs they have no excuse. And once the playoff starts, as long as the Stanley Cup winner had to win four seven game series, there's no legitimate argument that they didn't earn the Cup. A shortened season wouldn't make winning 16 playoff games any easier... only one team will do it.
     
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    I like the idea of interconference play only, 28 games, (home and away vs. each team). No division winners, normal playoff (4 rounds, best of 7). Any draft lottery should not be heavily weighted so no one tanks to get Crosby. Basically the same thing that BCF suggested, without the shootout.

    EDIT: darkboy beet me to it.
     
  13. How can you have ties when games are decided by shootout? Next years draft has to be a lottery with every team involved. There is no incentive for teams not to tank on purpose to get Crosby.
     
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    Folks...

    "Interconference" = between the two conferences.

    "Intraconference" = within one specific conference.
     
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    if all 12 "purists" who refuse to go to an nhl just because of a shootout hold true on their promises, we can sell their tickets to the 100 new fans who want to see it, and will stay to the last moment of the game to see it. how may people are leaving early for parking lot when there is a shootout about to happen? all the more intense in a shortened schedule. aside from the people who post here, who actually is going to fight the shootout? no one.
     
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    I think they might have to make it best of 5, maybe even the second round.
     
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    Are you saying the geriatric ward down at the ACC might have a chance at it?
     
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    Thank you.
     
  19. SPARTAKUS*

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    I'll go along with that
    :yo:
     
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