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Seed system rewards division champs over top teams

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In the NHL, division winners are seeded for the postseason ahead of teams with the whopping point totals.

The New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers have the three highest point totals in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers will likely get their just reward for finishing first: The No. 1 seed in the playoffs and home ice for as many rounds as they're alive chasing the Stanley Cup. But the Penguins and Flyers will be seeded fourth and fifth.

That's because Boston and Florida are rewarded for winning their respective divisions with the second and third seeds.

In the NHL, teams can get rewarded with home ice even with a worse record and fewer points than their opponent.

With realignment and a new labor deal looming in the NHL, the system could hit the scrap heap within two years.

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