Will BC and Sask be playing to lose?

3rd place gets a playoff road through Edmonton and Calgary.

4rth place gets a playoff road through 2 of Montreal/Toronto/Hamilton.

If you're a coach, do you want to finish 3rd under those circumstances?

yes

It is really insulting to coaches and players to suggest they would even consider losing on purpose.

anyway, mont is just about on par with alberta teams and Hamilton not far behind. East will be no easy road for the west team and would involve more travel.

No HC who has made it to the top of the food chain would consider losing on purpose and coming into the post season with no momentum.

BC players would be living in a hotel for at least 10 days straight.
BC and Saskatchewan are 1-5 combined playing travelling to play the 3 teams remaining in the East.
There would be less that 1000 tickets available to their fans in Hamilton and Montreal, possible even less than that.

[quote="safetyblitz"]3rd place gets a playoff road through Edmonton and Calgary.

4rth place gets a playoff road through 2 of Montreal/Toronto/Hamilton.

If you're a coach, do you want to finish 3rd under those circumstances?[/quote

Of course they play to win, and any disadvantage of travel time to the east is overblown. Vancouver to Toronto is a 4 hour plane ride, when the Ticats or Argos play in Montreal it's a 5 or 6 hour train ride!!

The Riders with the way they have been playing lately don't need to play to lose,they can do that with no problem,or effort :stuck_out_tongue:

That may be a shorter plane ride but it IS a three hour TIME ZONE difference which has often made a difference when teams have to deal with it. The only reason that the Argos were able to win in BC this season was because they had two western games in a row and stayed out west the week before their game in Vancouver, thus eliminating the time zone difference that usually makes it tough for teams to win when travelling between divisions. Usually TO and Montreal bomb in Vancouver!

SSK has been playing to lose since Durant's injury.

The time difference is only a factor for Eastern teams going west.
I think that’s one reason why the Lions have an advantage at home and play their games at 7:30PM or 10:30 PM Eastern Time.

The time difference is only a factor for Eastern teams going west.
I think that's one reason why the Lions have an advantage at home and play their games at 7:30PM or 10:30 PM Eastern Time.
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Agree that is usually the case but the western teams didn't do particularly well playing in the east this season for the most part. Some of that was injury related but not all of it.