I have watched all games but 1 this year, and I have enjoyed it more than I have in 5 years.
Then again, I never got down on the league as much as others. Video Review still needs work, but in 3 weeks of games we have seen some incredible games and plays. I get mad at Refs, but they are supposed to call the rules. Its up to the players to play within them.
Always a choice not to watch, but even in the SK/Ham game where there were 30 penalties, there were only a few that were head scratchers. 3-4 on Ham and 1-2 on Riders.
Looking forward to the rest of the season. As for the playoff format, or sub 500 teams winning. Playoff format with the crossover, not crazy of, but not reason to not follow league. As for sub 500, not only league. NFL has a few teams at 500 make playoffs, also they have had teams that were sub 500 close to the end of the season, that scrambled to get 500 or more. Also, NHL bubble teams. When you start looking at teams that used to get ties, and now single points for losing OT or Shoot out, there have been teams in playoffs with anything but stellar winning records.