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Eklund
Commissioner
Joined: 09.15.2005

May 11 @ 12:56 PM ET
Eklund: Would The NHL Be Better With a 4/5 Play-in Game? Buzz @1
j_eng
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: ON
Joined: 05.18.2011

May 11 @ 1:00 PM ET
They have a 4-5 play in.

It's called the regular season.
Kooleus
Los Angeles Kings
Location: LA (home of King Alex), CA
Joined: 11.17.2018

May 11 @ 1:02 PM ET
Why not just have the 8th place team play the 7th place team. Whoever wins that places the 6th place team. Whoever wins that plays the 5th place team. Whoever wins that plays the 4th place team to make the playoffs. That way, a powerhouse team like the Columbus Blue Jackets could still emerge from their division. Or the red-hot Ottawa Senators (7-2-1 in last 10) could still go on a run. Fans would stay interested and teams could raise participation banners the next season.
OilyJay
Edmonton Oilers
Location: Edmonton, AB
Joined: 07.31.2015

May 11 @ 1:08 PM ET
meh. closer to normal is better. how many chances does a team need? They should have set up a crossover threshold though. Winnipeg and Montreal aren't really playoff teams and they're being rewarded for the fact that Calgary and Vancouver suck and Ottawa took too long to find their feet. There are American teams that are more deserving of those spots.
Jance
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: VA
Joined: 03.25.2015

May 11 @ 1:14 PM ET
Maybe if the 5th seeded teams had played better they would have made the playoffs.
Alexzanki
Columbus Blue Jackets
Location: Montreal, QC
Joined: 06.03.2008

May 11 @ 1:17 PM ET
at 32 teams going into next season , one has to wonder if the nhl will start tweaking it's playoff format
poopstash
Los Angeles Kings
Joined: 03.21.2015

May 11 @ 1:22 PM ET
Why not just have the 8th place team play the 7th place team. Whoever wins that places the 6th place team. Whoever wins that plays the 5th place team. Whoever wins that plays the 4th place team to make the playoffs. That way, a powerhouse team like the Columbus Blue Jackets could still emerge from their division. Or the red-hot Ottawa Senators (7-2-1 in last 10) could still go on a run. Fans would stay interested and teams could raise participation banners the next season.
- Kooleus


Easy to be red hot playing meaningless games. Zero pressure
Scoob
Philadelphia Flyers
Location: It don't matter where you from, it's where you at
Joined: 06.29.2006

May 11 @ 1:34 PM ET
Do you like it?
- Eklund


No. Not even a little. The season was a 56 game play in.
MrPerfect316
Philadelphia Flyers
Location: Canada, YT
Joined: 07.06.2008

May 11 @ 1:42 PM ET
No - stop participation medals. Last year made sense
glove_was_stuck
Boston Bruins
Location: Bedlam, MA
Joined: 04.27.2011

May 11 @ 1:48 PM ET
The Rangers from ownership down to the team were singlehandedly cucked by Tom Wilson. The definition of not legit.
enortap2
Montreal Canadiens
Joined: 06.24.2018

May 11 @ 1:48 PM ET
meh. closer to normal is better. how many chances does a team need? They should have set up a crossover threshold though. Winnipeg and Montreal aren't really playoff teams and they're being rewarded for the fact that Calgary and Vancouver suck and Ottawa took too long to find their feet. There are American teams that are more deserving of those spots.
- OilyJay

And I suppose you think the Oilers are a deserving team? The Oilers have not faired much better against Montreal and Calgary.


Aetherial
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: two steaks and a couple bottles of red wine - we'll get drunk and I'll taze your balls. -Wedgie
Joined: 06.30.2006

May 11 @ 1:54 PM ET
The entire season was against divisional opponents.

You don't need a best of 3 or 5 or something to erase what happened over 56 games.
Aetherial
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: two steaks and a couple bottles of red wine - we'll get drunk and I'll taze your balls. -Wedgie
Joined: 06.30.2006

May 11 @ 1:55 PM ET
The Rangers from ownership down to the team were singlehandedly cucked by Tom Wilson. The definition of not legit.
- glove_was_stuck


Wilson was the instrument.

The league cucked the Rangers.
bcallaway
St Louis Blues
Location: The Clown may be the source of mirth - but who shall make the clown laugh?
Joined: 03.29.2006

May 11 @ 1:55 PM ET

No.
glove_was_stuck
Boston Bruins
Location: Bedlam, MA
Joined: 04.27.2011

May 11 @ 1:56 PM ET
Wilson was the instrument.

The league cucked the Rangers.

- Aetherial



Aetherial
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: two steaks and a couple bottles of red wine - we'll get drunk and I'll taze your balls. -Wedgie
Joined: 06.30.2006

May 11 @ 2:00 PM ET
No.
- bcallaway


I got the same text.
13sundin13
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: Vancouver, BC
Joined: 06.29.2006

May 11 @ 2:05 PM ET
at 32 teams going into next season , one has to wonder if the nhl will start tweaking it's playoff format
- Alexzanki

Good point, though half the teams making the playoffs is a nice even number.
up-n-ya
Nashville Predators
Location: La Vergne, TN
Joined: 11.16.2007

May 11 @ 2:06 PM ET
Pick the subject.
Give it to man.
Give him some time, and,he will frank it up.
Kooleus
Los Angeles Kings
Location: LA (home of King Alex), CA
Joined: 11.17.2018

May 11 @ 2:08 PM ET
Easy to be red hot playing meaningless games. Zero pressure
- poopstash


Looks like you are a Kings fan. They also had zero pressure. Did they go 7-2-1, since its apparently so easy?

Bottom line...awarding the top 4 teams seems too harsh. Some of those 5-8 teams just had a poor start. They should also be given a chance to participate. Everyone needs a second chance sometimes.
LAkings96
Los Angeles Kings
Location: La Verne, CA
Joined: 12.15.2012

May 11 @ 2:12 PM ET
Why? There’s only 2 divisions that 4-5 are close but they’re both separated by 4 and 5 points. The other two divisions are separated by 11 and 9 pts. You shouldn’t punish teams for making the playoffs and possibly reward teams for not.
Hatt
Toronto Maple Leafs
Joined: 10.06.2020

May 11 @ 2:12 PM ET
No the playoffs format works fine the way it is, hopefully everything is somewhat back to normal again next year anyways
Shady1962
Joined: 02.06.2021

May 11 @ 2:22 PM ET
More playoff BS, I realize Bettman Is addicted to the smell of money but It's time to reward winning again, 2 points for a win and NO points for a loss regardless of how you lost, 8 teams In the playoffs that's it! If you can't win In the regular season then get the hell out and hit the golf course, No more liberal mediocrity.
TurdFergeson
Vegas Golden Knights
Location: Cochrane, AB
Joined: 01.04.2021

May 11 @ 2:33 PM ET
Eklund: Would The NHL Be Better With a 4/5 Play-in Game? Buzz @1
- Eklund

No
TurdFergeson
Vegas Golden Knights
Location: Cochrane, AB
Joined: 01.04.2021

May 11 @ 2:37 PM ET
More playoff BS, I realize Bettman Is addicted to the smell of money but It's time to reward winning again, 2 points for a win and NO points for a loss regardless of how you lost, 8 teams In the playoffs that's it! If you can't win In the regular season then get the hell out and hit the golf course, No more liberal mediocrity.
- Shady1962

What the (frank) does Bettman have to do with it?? This is just more stupid poop from Ek.
r8edr
Joined: 07.06.2012

May 11 @ 3:01 PM ET
Yes those teams are legit. It is the reason they are on the outside looking in.

The Rangers 11 points outside a playoff spot.

The Stars went 2 for 5 down the stretch, while Nashville went 4 for 5, beating Dallas in one them. Seems when it was crunch time, Nashville wanted it more.

The flames are fools gold. The habs and for sure the Jets, have both been garbage down the final stretch. The playoff spot was there for the flames. The started playing well once they thought the games didn't matter anymore. Then they folded against the Jets the second the game had some importance. The only game the Jets have won in the last 10, was the 4-0 against the flames.

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