By Damien Cox Sports Columnist Fri., March 29, 2019 As long as you understand you’ll never make everyone happy and every system imaginable is flawed, sure, go ahead and tinker with the Stanley Cup playoff format. Just don’t pretend this is a new thing. It’s been going on for more than 50 years, and it will continue to be a debating point, no matter what is done. Or if nothing is done. You think the current system is tragically busted? Let’s remember 1986, when the Maple Leafs made the playoffs with 57 points and Vancouver made it with 59, while the Buffalo Sabres had 80 points and didn’t get a playoff berth. That’s flawed. Let’s go back further. In the 1967 playoffs, Chicago finished first with 94 points and Montreal finished second with 77. But under the rules, the Blackhawks played the third-place Leafs (75 points) and the Habs got the fourth-place New York Rangers. Article Continued Below Seriously, how … [Read more...] about Why the NHL’s playoff format isn’t the real problem
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By Rich Thompson | [email protected] | Boston HeraldMarch 27, 2019 at 10:40 pm Bruins president Cam Neely believes the NHL playoff structure favors marquee rivalry matchups at the cost of equitable pairings based on performance in the regular season. Neely made his thoughts on the matter public during an informal press briefing before Wednesday night’s interdivisional match between the Bruins and the New York Rangers at the Garden. The Bruins went into the game securely in second place in the Atlantic Division, seven points ahead of their Original Six rivals the Toronto Maple Leafs. If the Atlantic Division finishes in is present state, the Bruins would face Toronto in the first round for the second time in as many years. Should the Bruins prevail in the opening round, they would face Presidents Trophy winner Tampa Bay in the second round. The Bruins were eliminated by the Lightning in the second round last year. “Obviously the last couple of years when you … [Read more...] about Bruins president Cam Neely no fan of outdated NHL playoff format
By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Tues., March 5, 2019 Word emanating out of the NHL’s general managers’ meetings in Florida is that not much by way of change is to be expected. It’s a kind of “Why mess with perfection?” attitude. Scoring is up. Come-from-behind wins are up. Fighting is down. On and on, the list goes. One area not up for discussion: the playoff format. There are those that see flaws in a system that could see the Maple Leafs end up as the third-best team in the NHL (points-wise, anyway) and not have home-ice advantage until the third round — if they make it that far. That’s because the two better teams — Tampa and Boston — are in the same division and the NHL switched in 2013-14 to a division-based playoff system (with the added proviso that the two wild-card teams could potentially switch divisions based on points). Article Continued Below Read more: Marchand weighs in on … [Read more...] about Sorry, Leafs fans, NHL playoff format is fine the way it is
Mike DeCourcy @TSNMike Published on Feb. 27, 2019 | Updated on Feb. 28, 2019 Feb. 27, 2019 The 2019 Major League Soccer season arrives this weekend, with Toronto FC traveling to Pennsylvania to take on the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. Perhaps you didn’t see this coming. Since its initial season nearly a quarter-century ago, MLS has had two persistent problems: when to start the season and how to end it. The continued growth of the league has pushed the season opener earlier and earlier, and now we have action the first weekend in March. MORE: Nani joins Orlando City It is a busy time in American sports, with NCAA basketball, the NHL and NBA all approaching the most intense junctures of their regular seasons and baseball’s spring training in full operation. But the American soccer season has to start sometime, and a full slate of MLS games this weekend offers the … [Read more...] about MLS 2019: New playoff format, new stars, new coaches make league’s 24th season a mystery
Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at [email protected] • We’re still a few years away from the Seattle expansion draft, but The Tennessean is already looking ahead to who the Preds would protect in 2021. (The Tennessean) • Speaking of protection lists, who will the Blue Jackets protect in 2021? (The Cannon) • The New York Post’s Larry Brooks explains why the NHL’s playoff format is broken. (New York Post) • The Ottawa Senators have gone through some tough times this season, but there are positives that have emerged. One of them is promising center Colin White. (Ottawa Citizen) • Even though he’s missed some time with a shoulder injury, it’s not impossible that Auston Matthews scores 50 this season. (Toronto Sun) • The Hockey News breaks down 10 things we’ve learned about the NHL so far in 2018-19. (The Hockey … [Read more...] about PHT Morning Skate: NHL’s broken playoff format; Can Matthews score 50?