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That led me to ask a different question. I wondered how NHL coaches would feel about a playoff schedule that allowed them to open a best-of-seven series on the road, which many claim to favour, yet still gave them the precious home-ice edge for a seventh game.How would that work, you ask, as they did?Pretty simple, really - the higher-placed team would play the first two games on the road, and then get its home-ice advantage in four of the remaining five contests, excepting game six and including game seven.Overwhelmingly, the NHL coaches who were presented with this idea said they would opt for it if given the choice.That led me to wonder how the NHL would feel about a playoff system that gave the higher-placed team the option of playing at home for games 1,2,5,7, or for games 3,4,5, 7.The leagues schedule-maker wondered why he should make changes based on the apparent whims of coaches. It was pointed out to him that the alternative plan might be even more attractive to NHL owners and NHL players than to NHL coaches.Thats because it requires less travel over the course of a seven-game series. Traditionally, there is travel following games 2, 4, 5, and 6. In the new model, teams would switch sites only three times, after games 2, 5 and 6.Teams would save money, players would be fresher, and coaches would get what many say they prefer.At the very least, there would be an actual reward for a good regular-season record—the advantage of deciding what the real advantage is over a seven-game series, never mind the supposed and dictated advantage of opening at home.The next time you hear the coach of a team favoured to win lament the pressure that comes with game one at home, think of this way to end that complaint forever, and PASS IT ON. Air Max 97 For Sale Australia . Traditional contenders Brazil, Greece and Turkey drew the other three spots to complete the 24-team field for this summers tournament in Spain, basketball governing body FIBA announced Saturday at its meeting in Barcelona. Cheap Air Max 97 Australia . Just ask Arsenal fans. However, Arsene Wenger has repeatedly told anyone willing to listen that finishing in that spot is more important than winning a cup competition. http://www.cheapaustraliaairmax97.com/ . People familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Friday that arbitrator Fredric Horowitz could issue his decision this weekend. Air Max 97 Buy Australia . Groves signed with Cleveland as an unrestricted free agent last year after a season with Arizona. He was in the linebacker rotation and had a sack in the season opener against Miami. Air Max 97 For Sale Online . They were right in that they responded to coach Randy Carlyles goaltending switch to erase a two-goal deficit.Strasbourg, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Former champion Andrea Petkovic was a quarterfinal upset victim Thursday at the Strasbourg International tennis event, a final French Open tune-up. Promising Puerto Rican Monica Puig upended the fourth-seeded German Petkovic 6-4, 6-4 on the red clay at Strasbourg Tennis Club. The former top-10 star Petkovic titled here three years ago. A pair of American reachedd the semifinals, as Christina McHale was leading Zarina Diyas 6-2, 3-1 when the Kazakhstani retired on Day 4, while Madison Keys took out German Julia Goerges 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.dddddddddddd One other quarterfinal saw Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa defeat Italian Camila Giorgi 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. Fridays all-non-seed semis will pit Keys against Puig and McHale versus the qualifier Soler-Espinosa. ' ' '