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Evening Line- Sam Carchidi

If a 24-team field (including play-in games) is adopted, here’s hoping it would not become a part of the NHL moving forward. Yes, it generates more revenue – especially when fans are allowed in buildings – and, yes, it creates more interest in cities where teams are hopelessly out of the normal playoff picture.

But it would make the 82-game regular season even more meaningless than usual.

-Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer where you can read more on this topic.

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Hippy Dave's avatar

I have always believed that 82 games is way too many for a regular season. I would much rather see an expanded playoff format that eats into the regular season. Let’s do this!

Just not this year.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 05/19/20 at 09:35 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Nice idea but will never happen, $$$$$

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 05/19/20 at 10:55 PM ET

The Meal's avatar

I would much rather see an expanded playoff format that eats into the regular season. Let’s do this!

Absolutely!  If (well, when) they do expand the post-season, I much prefer its at the expense of the length of the regular season.  And if you’re monkeying with the length of the regular season, that’s the perfect time to implement my 5-4-3-2-1-0 points per game system.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 05/20/20 at 08:25 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

I have always believed that 82 games is way too many for a regular season.

I want to agree with this but it seems like every year, even with about 6 games to go, there are 6 or 7 teams fighting for the last playoff spots.

Looking at the standings right now for this year, most teams have played 68 - 70 games and as it stands, there are probably 9 teams who have a shot at the 4 wildcard spots.  So while they could go down to something like a 68 game season, there’s going to undoubtedly be a handful of teams who are tied or within one point of the last couple spots.  It seems like it’s around game 80 that things start to separate a bit.

So do teams start to separate a bit around 80 because they know their time is up?  Or is it because it’s enough time for the cream to rise to the top and the best teams to separate from the pack?

Posted by TreKronor on 05/20/20 at 09:41 AM ET

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Posted by TreKronor on 05/20/20 at 09:41 AM ET

It’s bkz with an 82 game season, teams are mathematically eliminated later than if it was, say, a 68 game season. There are always a few teams that miss the playoffs by a few points, no matter the length of a season. Last year the Habs missed the playoffs by 2 points, and AZ by 4. With three or four more games they could have passed Columbus and Colorado, respectively.
And now they’re talking about starting next season in Dec, but they still want 82 games, which is a terrible idea. The players are already not thrilled about how much the 5-day idle week compacts the schedule, wait til there are 60 days to make up!
I’ve been for shortening the season to ~70 games for a long time. Next year might be the time to try it out, but I doubt the owners will buy in to that. I mean, they’ won’t shorten the nearly pointless preseason games bkz of the gate revenue. I don’t see them losing 12 reg season games.

 

Posted by Steeb on 05/20/20 at 12:42 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

there are probably 9 teams who have a shot at the 4 wildcard spots

Thing is, with Seattle joining the league and rounding out the number of teams to 32, wildcard spots could go away.  This smooths out the playing field a little bit and makes the length of the regular season slightly less important.

Nice idea but will never happen, $$$$$

I’m not advocating for less games overall, but taking the expanded number of teams eligible for the playoffs and creating an extra round of round-robin play to get from 24 to 16; possibly maybe exploring best-of-5 series later scenarios for at least the earlier rounds.  Just spitballing here but the idea is that fans would be likely to watch/attend more if their teams were in a playoff round over a regular season game, and with more teams in the playoffs, fans of more teams would be inclined to watch.

 

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 05/20/20 at 01:56 PM ET

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... though I guess if your team in that scenario were out of the playoffs, that would mean less money.  Though maybe that would light a fire under those owners’ asses (*cough* Buffalo, Montreal) who seem content to just put a “good enough” product on the ice to fill regular-season seats.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 05/20/20 at 01:58 PM ET

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