Posted Thursday, March 01, 2012 01:17 PM
Top Ranked NHL Teams Should Pick Their Playoff Opponents
Imagine finishing first overall in the NHL and getting to choose your opponent for the playoffs. It’s a business built around winning, so shouldn’t winners get to choose who they want to play? The league should take the top 16 teams at the end of the regular season from all 30 teams and assign them a ranking from 1-16 based on total points accumulated in the regular season. The General Manager from the number one ranked team could get to choose any opponent ranked from 2-16. Odds are he would choose the number 16 ranked team or one ranked near the bottom. The idea would be for the GM (General Manager) to choose a team he thinks his team has the best chance of defeating in a best of 7 series. The GM from the next highest ranked team remaining would be next to pick his opponent. The GM would then choose if he wants to play the standard 2-2-1-1-1 playoff format or my favourite: the 2-3-2 format.
The 2-3-2 format is all about home ice advantage in my mind. Most people look at the 3 consecutive home games the underdog gets to play (2 games if the series ends in 4), and feels that’s too much of an advantage. I look at it completely differently. Most series’ go an average of 6 games. This means a team is either trailing or leading 3 games to 2. If you have home ice advantage and are up 3 games to 2, don... [More]