NHL looking at expanded playoffs in shortened season

Kings' Mike Richards (left) and Anze Kopitar hoist the Stanley Cup after defeating the Devils in...

Kings' Mike Richards (left) and Anze Kopitar hoist the Stanley Cup after defeating the Devils in six games on June 11, 2012. The NHL could expand the playoffs during a shortened season. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters/Files)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:12 PM ET

NEW YORK - The NHL could be throwing open the doors to the playoffs in a shortened season.

While it hasn't been part of the discussions for a collective bargaining agreement, Nick Kypreos of Rogers Sportsnet reported late Tuesday the NHL and NHL Players' Association have had talks about allowing four more teams -- two each in the East and West -- into the post-season this spring.

That would increase the playoff pool to 20 teams and would offer the opportunity to create more fan interest in the post-season this year. The idea of having 66% of the teams make the playoffs doesn't sit well with some, but it's the most exciting time of the year.


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