If you look at the 3-way tie in the east for 2nd, as it is right now.
Wins vs other tied teams:
Hamilton 2-3, Toronto 3-3, Winnipeg 3-2
Point differential between tied teams:
Hamilton +25, Toronto -55, Winnipeg +30
2 games left in the season that would come into play. Toronto @ Winnipeg, Hamilton @ Winnipeg.
The tie breaker rule screws Hamilton in this one, with only 6 games instead of 7. They can't get the 4th win to take the tiebreaker and one of either Toronto/Winnipeg will end up having 4 wins (unless they tie, but then Hamilton would need to get a tie game to get into a 3-way tiebreaker).
Hypothetically, if Toronto beats Winnipeg and Hamilton beats Winnipeg, if both games are decided by 3 points or more (6 or more combined), Hamilton would win Tie-breaker c.
What a horrible way to miss the playoffs. Lose your spot in a 3-way tiebreaker because of the schedule, and then lose your 3rd place finish to the crossover.
Does anybody else think that the crossover shouldn't apply in the event of a tie-breaker situation in the other division?