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 Posted: Sat Jul 20th, 2013 01:42 am
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CanadianHorseman



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Boy - the Playoff format this year is pretty damn confusing.

- 8 teams from each Conference will make the Playoffs so that hasn't changed but everything else certainly has.

- the top 3 teams from each Division will be seeded 1 to 3 based on their point totals

- the next 2 teams will be Wild Card teams and can come from either Division. The Wild Card team with the fewest points will automatically play the team with the highest points regardless of Division. Lets use the Eastern Conference as an example and I will just assign a point total to each team:

Atlantic Division
Boston Bruins - 100 points
Buffalo Sabres - 95 points
Detroit Red Wings - 90 points
Florida Panthers - 85 points
Montreal Canadiens - 80 points
Ottawa Senators - 75 points
Tampa Bay Lightning - 70 points
Toronto Maple Leafs



Metropolitan Division
Carolina Hurricanes - 99 points
Columbus Blue Jackets - 94 points
New Jersey Devils - 89 points
New York Islanders - 84 points
New York Rangers - 79 points
Philadelphia Flyers - 74 points
Pittsburgh Penguins - 69 points
Washington Capitals - 64 points





So based on those point totals the 1st round in the Eastern Conference will look like this:


Atlantic Division
(1 ) Boston vs ( 8 ) NY Islanders ( lower ranked Wild Card team )
( 2 ) Buffalo vs ( 3 ) Detroit


Metropolitan Division
( 1 ) Carolina ) vs ( 7 ) Florida ( higher ranked Wild Card team )
( 2 ) Columbus vs ( 3 ) New Jersey


Eventually the team that comes out of the Atlantic Division will play the team that comes out of the Metropolitan Division. The winner of this series will be the Eastern Conference Champion and play in the Stanley Cup Final.



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