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Sharks In Newly-Formed "Conference A"

Monday, 12.5.2011 / 6:49 PM PT
By Dan Rusanowsky - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp
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The NHL Board of Governors approved a radical four-conference realignment on Monday night.

I’m liking the fact that the “Eastern-Western” format is eliminated in a way that is reasonable for all concerned.

Their schedule looks like a variant of what I proposed. While there will only be one trip to places like Nashville, Chicago, and Detroit, there will be guaranteed trips to every city, and that’s great for the sport. It’s a worthwhile trade-off.

Now, while my playoff revision would allow for any team to play any other team in the Final, this looks like a revamped playoffs that would increase the possibilities in the final four.

If the four conference champions are seeded in order of points, the Sharks’ potential opponents in a Stanley Cup Final would up from 15 teams to 22, which is an improvement. There is no possibility of the Sharks and LA playing each other in either the semi-final or final now, so I’m not fully satisfied, but I like the potential to face more teams in a Final. It looks pretty good.

Let’s hope that there is no thought about a bracket system for playoffs. The way it is is an improvement over what occurred.
 


SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

PACIFIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
2 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
3 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
4 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
5 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
6 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
7 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Thornton 82 19 63 25 82
J. Pavelski 82 38 40 25 78
B. Burns 82 27 48 -5 75
P. Marleau 82 25 23 -22 48
T. Hertl 81 21 25 16 46
J. Ward 79 21 22 -15 43
M. Vlasic 67 8 31 15 39
L. Couture 52 15 21 2 36
J. Donskoi 76 11 25 4 36
J. Braun 80 4 19 11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Jones 37 23 4 .918 2.27
A. Stalock 3 5 2 .884 2.94
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