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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Sharks In Newly-Formed \"Conference A\"

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

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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