Enough With The Pacific Division

Tuesday, 12.6.2011 / 7:50 AM CT
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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.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 13 5 10 2 15
J. Spezza 13 5 8 0 13
C. Eakin 13 1 7 -4 8
A. Goligoski 13 4 3 -6 7
P. Sharp 13 4 2 -4 6
P. Eaves 9 3 3 3 6
R. Faksa 13 3 2 2 5
M. Janmark 12 2 3 -3 5
C. Sceviour 11 2 3 1 5
J. Klingberg 13 1 3 -5 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 6 3 0 .899 2.81
A. Niemi 1 3 2 .865 3.29
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