Simply put, which format is superior? I know we're all hockey fans first here, but put away your biases and evaluate things objectively. I do believe the NBA format is superior. I like that NBA teams had 8 games to prepare for the playoffs. To jump straight into playoff hockey is not right. Teams that were just out of a playoff spot still had a chance to play themselves in. But they did not gift bad teams like Montreal, Chicago, and NYR playoff spots just because. NBA did it right. What say you?