NJ Devils coach Pete DeBoer says NHL playoffs are unfair due to the schedule
Presently there are 14 teams in the Western Conference and 16 in the Eastern Conference. DeBoer is of the view that having both Conferences qualifying 8 teams is unfair as there are unequal numbers of teams and there should be a solid method by which the amount of qualifying teams should be derived.
On Wednesday after practice DeBoer said that he was not happy with how the Conferences were sorted out and the disparity in teams made the matter of playoff qualifying teams even more confusing.
“I don’t like the fact the fact that the conferences are not even,” DeBoer said “I still don’t understand that, the 16 teams and the 14. If someone could explain that to me, I’d probably feel more comfortable with it.”
The Devils will have to get 5 more points if they want to get a playoff spot. They have 10 more games to play and they know each one matters. Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur said that they were paying extra attention to the games now that they were in the last stretch and that combined with preparation and motivation was the key to winning games. He added that sizing up the opponents along with the importance of the match was critical at the last stretch of games.
“I think it’s kind of a due diligence for your team as far as preparation and motivation,” said Brodeur. “This time of the year you gotta know where you stand and the importance of each of the games that you play and the matchups for opponents that are around you.”