Simmons breaks down this year's post-season structure

Head coach Todd McLellan of the San Jose Sharks watches from the bench during the NHL game against...

Head coach Todd McLellan of the San Jose Sharks watches from the bench during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on April 12, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:13 PM ET

This is the dandelion year for the Stanley Cup playoffs – after a season of trying to figure out exactly how the standings work, now we’re supposed to figure out how the playoffs work.

I love them. I love them not. Every time I want to embrace the new format, I am either baffled by it, troubled by it, or both.

Either the Chicago Blackhawks or St. Louis Blues will be gone once the first round is over.

The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings will do battle to survive the first round.

It makes for one terrific possibility of first round hockey but it lessens the competition as the rounds proceed.

Part of that is the format. Part of that is which teams wound up where in the standings, especially in the Western Conference.

 


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