Extra intradivisional games don’t fix the NHL’s flawed system

Adding two intra-division games while expanding the NHL schedule to 84 games next season is like putting a band-aid on a gunshot wound.

Such a move, which we are told has good momentum within the Board of Governors, would represent a 32% increase in schedule played inside the division to 33%.

It is a difference without distinction.

In fact, changing the schedule to ensure four matchups between the division rivals (instead of four against five opponents and three against the other two) would only serve to codify the infuriating NHL setup that deprives paying customers of the entertainment value.

The idea is to maximize meaningful matchups throughout the year and strengthen rivalries in a league where skill increases but intensity often stagnates. This is to highlight the showdowns in the elimination races. The current Matrix does the exact opposite.

Do you understand that in the current system, it doesn’t matter if the winning team goes into overtime in the 39% of non-conference games when it has a big impact on the standings in the 61% of conference games?

What kind of loop system is this?

The remedy is clear. It’s time for the NHL and the NHLPA to drop their insistence that every team visit every venue at least once a year.

The NHL’s plan to tack on two interdivisional games this season won’t cause much change.
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Every other year would do just fine in a matrix where clubs play six games each against clubs in their own division, three games each against clubs in the other division within the conference, and or a round trip against clubs in a division. of the other conference or a round trip against half of the clubs of each division of the other conference on an annual rotation basis.

That would represent 51% of the schedule within the division, 80% within the conference and only 20% of the games in the diluted sense. This would restore the competitive integrity of the schedule.


Snap. Elite Eight: 1. Boston; 2. Carolina; 3.Toronto; 4. Pittsburgh; 5.Dallas; 6. Vegas; 7. Rangers; 8. Tampa Bay.

By the way, has anyone heard Lindy Ruff apologize lately?


Matthew Tkachuk therefore had 100 minutes of hockey spread over two games and four nights to challenge Nico Hischier directly if he truly believed the Devils captain was down and dirty on a cross chop in the knee of Aleksander Barkov during a bet. in the game at 7:57 of the first period of the game at Newark on December 17 that injured the center of Florida.

Matthew Tkachuk #19 of the Florida Panthers skates against the Boston Bruins during the third period at TD Garden on December 19, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Bruins won 7-3.
Matthew Tkachuk has scored 100 minutes in two games.
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But no. Of course not. While a number of his teammates took several cheap shots against Hischier throughout the remainder of this game, Tkachuk waited for Tomas Tatar to score an empty net with 39.1 seconds left in the rematch at Sunrise on December 21 to pull his weasel number and jump. Hischier from behind in a scrum.

Page Six thinks that would have made Sean Avery proud.


Caught the thrilling end to regulation between Vancouver and Seattle on Thursday in which Elias Pettersson tied it with 1:20 to pick up his fifth point of the night, then was pretty much put to sleep by overtime, during from which the Kraken constantly gathered and took the puck out of the offensive zone in order to obtain changes of possession.

I understand the strategy to a point, but it perverts the entertainment value of overtime, which is only three against three because of its entertainment value. I’ve seen more than a few this season in which the shootout is far more compelling than overtime.

PS: This game in Vancouver was one of them, with Pettersson himself taking the shootout victory.

A lower percentage of overtime games have had to be settled by shootout so far (29.7 vs. 35.4 last year), so maybe the wet blankets behind the bench haven’t managed to. ruin it entirely, but if possession hockey in OT becomes the norm, the NHL may well have to legislate against it.


You hear John Tortorella say, “You [writers] try to play him against me and me against him, which is so ridiculous. So I’m not giving you any updates on Kevin Hayes.

I hear John Tortorella over nine years ago say, “Don’t interfere with my friendship with Gabby [Marian Gaborik]. We have a great relationship.


In discussing the potential haul the Blackhawks could demand in exchange for a rental Patrick Kane: Is this the time someone is allowed to point out that the No. 88’s 0.37 five-for-five goals by 60:00 rank 76th of 79 forwards with 450 minutes (per NaturalStatTrick)?

And who am I to say that the common denominator between the wildly surprising Jets and the horribly disappointing Puddy Tats seems to beā€¦Paul Maurice?

Maybe it’s just me, but why every time I see a picture of mustachioed Auston Matthews do I see Cast Iron Mike Keenan?


It just happened: Gary Bettman says a poll he commissioned this week finds season ticket holders prefer to pay to watch as many meaningless games as possible.

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