That didn't happen in the old format? When there were unbalanced divisions? The Devils to make it in 1988, they had to scrape in with 85 points. Six teams made the playoffs with fewer points that year.
Under the old format, in 1987, no one in the Norris finished over .500, but one was guaranteed entry to the Western Conference Finals.
it's tough to compare points across different eras of hockey. 2 fewer games were played back then. There were no cheap shootout points or points just for making it to OT. Bad teams couldn't shot block or clutch and grab their way to NHL .500.
The west had two dominant teams that year in Calgary and Edmonton (both would be 110+ point teams today) They beat up on everybody else
The Patrick had no dominant teams
What could you do. It was a 21 team league and you needed 8 out of 10 out west. I suppose it would've been fair to give Detroit and Calgary bye's and have the Blues play the Hawks and the Oil play the Jets, but the NHL wanted as many teams in the playoffs as possible
the 86-87 Campbell was prob better than the 87-88. Only you didn't have 4 on 4 gimmick OT and penalty shot derby's artificially inflating totals.
Edited by '7', 01 March 2013 - 02:46 PM.