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    Someone please explain the bracket? How in the hell is Columbus playing Pittsburgh in round 1? They finished 2 & 3 in the east, and the meet in round 1? I am serious, I do not understand what the NHL is doing? Should be 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7 ect.
    I must have missed something.
    R.C.

  • #2
    The top 3 teams in the Atlantic Division (MTL, OTT, BOS) plus one of the wild cards from the entire Eastern Conference (NYR) make up half of the Eastern Conference bracket; similarly the top 3 in the Metro (WAS, PIT, CBJ) plus the other Eastern wild card (TOR) make up the other half of the East.

    Same thing for the west.

    Seeds in each quarter of the bracket are 1 vs wildcard, and 2 vs 3.

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    • #3
      But, I do understand your point; it's just that the NHL doesn't do like everyone else does in ranking them linearly 1-8. The first 2 rounds are intradivisional, but at least it's consistent with how they determine who gets into the playoffs. That's how teams with fewer points (say BOS, 95) end up seeded higher than a team with more points (NYR, 102).

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      • #4
        Final thought (you're welcome): It can be said that this ensures a more competitive series. 1 vs 8 usually ensures an uninteresting blowout; see NCAA tournament. The 1 seed in theory should have an easier time playing essentially the 4, but it's far less likely to be a walkover. Knowing this also makes getting home ice much more important, which puts pressure on the likely 1 seed to not mail it in on the last few games of the season, which improves the "product" for the fans and viewers.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Richard Cabesa View Post
          How in the hell is Columbus playing Pittsburgh in round 1?
          I know, it's retarded.
          Both teams are legitimate Stanley Cup contenders and one of them will be eliminated in the 1st round.
          It's fucking retarded.

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          • #6
            It is retarded, too bad Columbus only gets to play one round.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by cigarettesandtea View Post
              It is retarded, too bad Columbus only gets to play one round.

              I agree. They should have met in round 2 at least

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Reservoir Dog View Post

                I know, it's retarded.
                Both teams are legitimate Stanley Cup contenders and one of them will be eliminated in the 1st round.
                It's fucking retarded.
                I thought the only legitimate contender was the Wild.

                Fucking idiot.

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                • #9
                  Chicago Blackhawks: 4/1

                  Washington Capitals: 4/1

                  Pittsburgh Penguins: 8/1

                  Anaheim Ducks: 10/1

                  New York Rangers: 10/1

                  Columbus Blue Jackets: 10/1

                  Minnesota Wild: 10/1

                  Edmonton Oilers: 12/1

                  Montreal Canadiens: 14/1

                  San Jose Sharks: 14/1

                  Boston Bruins: 20/1

                  Calgary Flames: 25/1

                  St. Louis Blues: 25/1

                  Toronto Maple Leafs: 30/1

                  Nashville Predators: 30/1

                  Ottawa Senators: 40/1

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Reservoir Dog View Post
                    I know, it's retarded.
                    Both teams are legitimate Stanley Cup contenders and one of them will be eliminated in the 1st round.
                    It's fucking retarded.
                    Originally posted by T0M View Post
                    I thought the only legitimate contender was the Wild.

                    Fucking idiot.
                    I said I think the Wild will win the Stanley Cup. I didn't say the Wild was the only legitimate contender. There's a difference between the two that I guess you are just too fucking stupid to understand. Someone else has to show up in the finals to play against them. That makes that team a legitimate contender as well.

                    Fucking idiot.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Reservoir Dog View Post



                      I said I think the Wild will win the Stanley Cup. I didn't say the Wild was the only legitimate contender. There's a difference between the two that I guess you are just too fucking stupid to understand. Someone else has to show up in the finals to play against them. That makes that team a legitimate contender as well.

                      Fucking idiot.
                      You said they were going to win the Cup. I think you're wrong.

                      Fucking idiot.

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                      • #12
                        It's nice having two Cup winning goalies.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by cigarettesandtea View Post
                          It's nice having two Cup winning goalies.
                          It was so bad, I flipped back to watch the Reds sweep the Buck-o's

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                          • #14
                            They crushed the Buccos last night. My daughter has Glasnow on her fantasy team and he lasted an inning the night before. Tough series for the home team.

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                            • #15
                              Well, Canada went 0 - 5 in the first games of the first round.

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