Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/11/06 at 02:15 PM ET
Does anyone else find it ridiculous that of the eight first-round series this spring, only one—the New York Rangers versus the New Jersey Devils—was a divisional matchup? And now in the second round, again, just one—the Ottawa Senators against the Buffalo Sabres—is a battle born of regular-season hostilities. So of the initial 12 playoff series in the run to the first post-lockout Stanley Cup, the league has hung its hat on a whole bunch of contests that don’t have mass appeal or marquee value. In other words, the league itself has stamped “who cares?” on most of this postseason. ...If the league is intent on having divisional rivals play so many times in the regular season, then it has no choice but to make all of those meetings actually mean something. Take the top four teams in each division and have them meet in the first round and then reseed from there so the good teams still maintain home-ice advantage into round two and beyond.read on
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