TORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY 04: Toronto Maple Leafs Center John Tavares (91) in warmups prior to the regular season NHL game between the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs on February 4, 2019 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON. (Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Instigator |Episode 29

Why is the Playoff Format Broken?

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Why is the current system a problem. Looks like the league and players do not feel that way. The NHL and NHLPA announced yesterday to extend the current system through next season. I am shocked that this is a hot topic this year. I don’t remember it being an issue last year. The current system is built because we have divisions. The object is to win your division. That is were teams rivals are.. Naysayers argue that playoffs build rivalries. Yes I agree but playing teams in close proximities cultivate rivalries and make the regular season more exciting.


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