Now that the NHL Regular Season is over, here is what this year's playoff bracket would look like under next year's new playoff format.
Ok, first to get the tiebreakers out of the way....
You may notice the absence of the New York Islanders on this bracket. That's because the Islanders at 55 points would fail to make the playoffs with the Red Wings and Sens one point ahead of them.
Detroit finshes ahead of Ottawa in the Wild Card due to Detroit's 22 ROW vs. Ottawa's 21 ROW.
As the top seed in Division D and the entire Eastern Conference, Pittsburgh would face the second place wild card Ottawa, leaving Montreal to face the Red Wings.
Second place finishers inside each division will always matchup against the third place finshers
The Rangers would not be involved in the Wild Card race because the Rangers would finish 3rd in their division and be ensured a playoff spot.
If it wasn't for the Caps comeback win on Saturday against Boston, the Rangers would've had home ice in the first round.
Again, if you have any further questions, leave them in the comments below.
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One thing that this demonstrates is the disadvantage of playing in the conference that will have two extra teams.The Islanders,for all their hard work and improvement over the last half of the season,do not make the playoffs in this scenario.If that were us we'd all be majorly pissed off.
Are the Rangers the most dangerous underdog in the playoffs? I think so! I can't wait to beat the caps again!
I am lost enough this year without having to figure out next year. Besides the fever is impairing my thought process...
I really don't like this at all... they could have made it simple and just sent top 4 teams in each division. East is at a disadvantage but at least it's logical.
So if I'm reading this right, if the new system were in place right now, the teams qualifying for the playoffs, and the first round matchups would be exactly the same as if the old system were in place??
@NYRblogneill it looks to me that will make it a little easier to make the playoffs. More focus on division battles
@johnnyb3910 with the system in place currently, mtl would face toronto in 1st round. also the caps would host the isles in the first round in the current system. the isles would have home ice in realignment because they have more points
@Jstevens1187 I'm not so sure, adding the caps plus if the isles continue to improve, it's gonna be tough
@MichaelMahana yup. plus the 2 wildcard spots, which go to the next top 2 point getters regardless of division. one division can send 5, the other can send 3.
@thenyrblogneill guess that's a point for the league: same teams making it, points playing a larger role in matchups and home ice.
@NYRblogneill that's true, and CBJ looks like they are learning to play hockey. I like that rivalries will be even more intense now
@thenyrblogneill @MichaelMahana the best thing about this, is that I really see both divisions, at least in the east, as being fairly even. We may not have Florida, but besides them I think every other team is very solid in the East. Obviously Columbus has taken a significant step this year, and they have 3 first round picks this year, so they are only getting better. But top to bottom, I really think both divisions have comparable quality