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Player Poll: Most think 16 is enough for playoffs

Updated: March 14, 2006, 6:07 PM ET
The Hockey News

"Should the NHL increase the number of teams that qualify for the playoffs from 16 to 20?"

That was the question posed to 30 NHL players as the league appears determined to increase the number of participating playoff teams in the near future, but don't expect players to take a victory lap if the announcement comes.

An overwhelming 24 (80 percent) of the players polled were not in favor of the increase, saying the number of teams should remain at 16. Six players (20 percent) said ...

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