Way to be, Colin. Instead of letting a series play like a series, we want a few individual games against a common opponent instead. The playoffs are the playoffs because of message sending, relaxed penalties (especially goaltender interference), pre-game altercations/shit stirring, and so on.
Encouraging teams to avoid the goalie crease? Punishing teams by forcing them to play with one fewer roster spot? We are actively trying to avoid fun, physical hockey, and PROMOTE RIVALRIES. Isn't that what the NHL was bragging about having? Good rivalries? What the NHL still seems to fail to realize is that a 6 game set between the Caps and Thrashers isn't a rivalry. A 7 game series full of fights, iffy hits, grinding, and hatred between fans and players alike is what makes a rivalry.
The Devils and Flyers could be a great series. Let the Dan Carcillo story arc play out. Let PLLL and Clarkson take care of business. Let Asham and Hartnell stand on top of Brodeur.
Nah, we want Kosher hockey. Lots of triple axels. I hope there's some good baseball on tv.