It certainly makes sense to me that they have 1 more pre-season game. The training camp and pre-season schedule is not long enough to evaluate players, and truly get teams ready to play at a professional level. It generally means the first game or two are often stinkers.
This would allow each team to play every team in the East to play every other team in the East once in pre-season. I don't understand why we play the same team twice. How do you really evaluate if the opposition has a weak offence or defence, and you play them twice?
Also, with 8 teams in the league, why do we need to have 19 games in the season? That's kind of an odd number.
The big issue is which teams get the extra home game. Although, isn't this already an issue during the regular season. Acutally I just noticed we have 9 home games and 10 away games this year. Is that fair? I don't think so either competition wise or financially.