Google the phrase “NHL playoff format.” Before you can even finish typing, a number of options appear. The fifth one down is “NHL playoff format stupid,” and if you click on it, you get 261,000 results. The eighth one down is “NHL playoff format is bad,” and that produces a whopping 765,000 results. So we get it. More than a million basement bloggers think the playoff format is either stupid or bad, or both.
Forget for a second that it’s neither stupid nor bad, and while you’re doing that, it might be a good idea to come to grips with the fact it’s not going anywhere. Giving a point to a team that loses in overtime or a shootout, now that’s stupid. But when it comes to the NHL post-season, the league has had a number of opportunities to make changes, and despite the occasional murmur of d...
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Ken Campbell, The Hockey News' senior writer, is in his second tour with the brand after an eight-year stint as a beat reporter for the Maple Leafs for the Toronto Star. The Sudbury native once tried out for the Ontario League's Wolves as a 30-year-old. Needless to say, it didn't work out.