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Oh No, Carey Price May Dominate

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Carey Price. That’s right, Carey Price.

For it is largely due to the remarkable reputation of the Montreal goaltender among his peers that much talk about the format of what appears to be a summer 24-team tournament has fixated on how unfair it would be to face Price in a best-of-three, multiple sources report.

We are told there is growing support for a best-of-five first round that would, to a degree, temper the impact of a hot goaltender in a short series. Price, who routinely tops players’ polls, is one of 10 netminders to have played in at least 60 postseason matches. He ranks eighth in save percentage (.914) and goals against average (2.53) with the fewest wins of the group while going 25-31. But perception in this case is reality.

The sides have not yet nailed down the specifics of testing, but we’re told that there will be frequent testing with rapid turnaround in the league’s hub cities.

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TreKronor's avatar

The thing that bothers me most about other leagues is how they’ll play 162 or 82 games, only to then have a best of 5 series in the first round (or the freaking wildcard game in MLB).  If you’re going to have a season that long, why even bother with a 1 or 5 game series? 

That has been the one thing I’ve appreciated about the NHL - 7 game series for each round.  A streaky goaltender or bad bounces can’t (completely) undermine a team in the first round.  I understand a 5 game series in this playoffs given the fact the season was shorter anyways, but a 3 game series?  What’s the freaking point.  Especially with players coming in who haven’t played or properly worked out the last 2 or 3 months.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/20/20 at 09:35 AM ET

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A streaky goaltender or bad bounces can’t (completely) undermine a team in the first round.

Painful memories of 2003 Giggy and 2006 Rolo suddenly come to mind gulp

Posted by RyanVM on 05/20/20 at 12:31 PM ET

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I think players of top teams would be more concerned about facing Price (or similar) in the second round if they had been on byes. That is why is may make sense to have the top teams playing instead of waiting.

 

Posted by evileye on 05/20/20 at 02:48 PM ET

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The thing that bothers me most about other leagues is how they’ll play 162 or 82 games, only to then have a best of 5 series in the first round (or the freaking wildcard game in MLB).  If you’re going to have a season that long, why even bother with a 1 or 5 game series? 

I don’t totally disagree however the current MLB format actually makes the regular season MORE important as it rewards more heavily the teams who finish with the best records. Forcing wild card (lower seed) teams to play a do-or-die 1 game play in puts them a precarious spot. I agree about just going to a best-of-seven afterwards, though.

I wouldn’t change anything about the long standing NHL playoff format, however. It’s hands down the greatest post season tournament in sports.

Posted by godblender on 05/20/20 at 03:59 PM ET

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Well better than nothing.  I think it will be entertaining with the 3 game series.  If everyone agrees with the format then play on, the fans can either watch or not.  Obviously you will not be playing at home so the homers can’t cheer anyways unless they put the game on a Church or Movie screen in the city, haha.  I’ve been watching games back into the 80’s and I’m ready for some fresh action.

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 05/20/20 at 04:10 PM ET

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I think being a Huge Goalie fan, a hot goalie will/might take a team farther in the hunt for the cup.  St Louis Blues played someone mostly unknown and he stood on his head and was a big part of their success.

Having 8 extras mostly from the AHL, there maybe/probably is a Goalie that can play his mind out.

Those extra 8 players are going to surprise some teams and fans.  Teams that have great depth have players that might be able to play at a high level in the NHL.

When all the BS is done this might be a very interesting Playoff

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 05/20/20 at 05:35 PM ET

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