interesting article on ESPN that i came across today on the work of 24 or 28 game schedule. http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/columns/story?id=1968731 24 game schedule All within the division, three home and three away versus each opponent. Existing home dates can be the framework. By the way, the 45-day rolling cancellation policy is largely irrelevant because few acts of consequence can be booked on short notice. It would take some tweaking, since the Northeast Division's Boston, Buffalo, Montreal and Ottawa all had scheduled home games on Saturday, March 19. But it would be relatively easy for scheduling guru Steve Hatze Petros. It would be playoff-type hockey from the first drop of the puck. There would be a sense of urgency and even increased tension and competitiveness because of the familiarity among opponents in the seven-week schedule. Two teams from each division, plus the two third-place finishers with the most points by conference, make the playoff field. Inequity in divisional strength could lead to some "unfairness," but that's a small price to pay. That's the favorite here, but there are a couple of other realistic options. 28 game This follows the 1995 model, with a slight compression of the schedule, if necessary, and a home-and-home series against each conference opponent. Use the existing home dates as the starting point and adjust where necessary. No divisional standings. Top eight make the playoffs. Depending on the timing of a settlement, the plan might require a slight nudging back of the postseason I am not that against the 24 or 28 schedule as they could be like the NFL. Each game is critical. Each game means something. The fact that its against divisional rivals, you'd be seeing T.O vs Mon 4 times, Ottawa vs T.O 4 times, in a span of 2 weeks... or NyI vs NyR etc etc.. What do you think?