Two-Minute Take: Playoff's Format

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New to the Bandwagon are my two-minute takes. This is where I’ll rant about stuff going on in and around the National Hockey League. Give me your feedback. Tear me a new one. Do you agree? Disagree? Let me know if you think I’m an idiot, don’t hold back! Lay it on me, fellas!

How dumb is the NHL’s current playoff system? Honestly, Why should the #1 team in the conference have to (potentially) play the #2 team in the conference in the SECOND round? Seriously though. What exactly was wrong with the old playoff format? Yeah, sure I guess Bettman got his wish for these rivalries to form and play out, but wouldn’t they be more exciting when you’ve got the #1 and #2 teams going at it in the Conference Final?

Really though. What was wrong with 1v8, 2v7, etc. etc. and then a re-ranking in the second round? Maybe it’s just me, but why doesn’t the #1 team have an easier route to the finals? They’ve earned that #1 spot, so, again, they shouldn’t have to be playing that #2 team in the second round. 

Yeah, I guess it’s great to see the Caps and Pens playing in round 2 every year, but wouldn’t you want to see that in the conference final? Oh well. That’s my two-minute take on the NHL’s playoff format.