Enough With The Pacific Division

Tuesday, 12.6.2011 / 7:50 AM CT
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Enough With The Pacific Division

This was written November 13th, 2009. I now call it: "Razor's Imperfect Foundation Impetus For A More Sensible NHL" Yes, I am in fact an omnipotent visionary.

Last night's thrilling come from behind shootout victory in San Jose reached its climax at 12:15 am Central Time.

That's right, it ended tomorrow after starting at 22 minutes to 10.

Some friends who are die-hard fans of the presentation checked out after two periods. That's a problem NHL.

Media critics often underscore languishing ratings for Stars games but what other type of ratings would you expect for games that you need a case of Red Bull and a quart of Jolt Cola to stay up for? And this was a divisional game! How many Devils - Flyers games end at quarter after twelve in the East?! (The answer is none - rhetorical question). And it was interesting to see the Canucks forced to bump their start time up by 3 hours on a Saturday night to accommodate the Toronto Maple Leafs and their all-powerful media pull. I guess forcing them to televise from 9-Midnight once every 3 years is out of the question, but it's A-OK to have Dallas do it a dozen times a season.

So what to do about this?

You realign, that's what.

Lets assume Phoenix is on its way to Southern Ontario, and lets also assume that two teams aren't going to make it financially going forward. With only four remaining teams in the Stars' Pacific Division I would propose a shift from 3 divisions in each conference to 2. How many 9:38 pm start times would you anticipate if the Stars were in a division with Nashville, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota and Columbus? The other division would include San Jose, Anaheim, L.A., Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Colorado and the breakdown of games could be:

7 games vs your division (42 games)

3 games vs other division in your conference (21 games)

1 games vs teams in other conference (14 games)

It's a total of 77 games, 5 fewer than the current schedule. Hopefully that would curb a groin injury or two.

That's it. I've solved it. Please discuss.

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 82 35 52 1 87
T. Seguin 71 37 40 -1 77
J. Spezza 82 17 45 -7 62
C. Eakin 78 19 21 -1 40
J. Klingberg 65 11 29 5 40
T. Daley 68 16 22 -13 38
A. Goligoski 81 4 32 0 36
A. Hemsky 76 11 21 -8 32
V. Fiddler 80 13 16 -5 29
S. Horcoff 76 11 18 9 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 34 17 10 .903 2.94
J. Enroth 5 5 0 .906 2.38
 
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