If Nottingham Win the Conference and Cardiff or Sheffield Win the League then they will be Ranked 3rd behind Braehead! If Braehead Win the League then Nottingham will be Ranked 2nd and Cardiff and Sheffield will fight it out for 3rd and 4th.
It's a horrible situation - if we falter at the last hurdle and Sheffield win the league (with Nottingham taking the conference) we will finish 4th seed and draw Belfast.
Regardless of Fridays result - we need to beat Sheffield on Saturday, therefore i'd rather see Sheffield beat Nottingham on Friday, so that if we win both of the games Saturday/Sunday we can win league & conference.
Not that I'm greedy or anything.
Also worth mentioning, If Nottingham have nothing to play for on Sunday (they have already secured conference lets say), I'd hedge my bets that they'd want to stop Sheffield winning the league AT ALL COSTS, even if that means us beating them Sunday.
It has been the best league for years - and who said the conference system hasn't worked!
Good- we have a debate.
I disagree with Finny. I say again that if Nottingham win their Conferance there is no play off position advantage for them.
The advantage goes to the team that wins the conference that does not produce league winner.
Anybody from Nottingham like to contribute to this debate?
The conference winners are automatically first or second seed.
However IN THE UNLIKELY event that the league winner is different from the conference winners (doesn't seem unlikely to me, but still...), league winner gets #1 seed & conference winners become 2nd and 3rd.
We could finish 2nd in the league and still be fourth seed (drawing 5th placed Belfast in the quarters).
Or, Sheffield could beat Nottingham on Friday & we win both games & we win the lot :Banana :Banana
Probably an unpopular view given that we're more culturally focused in British sports on winning league championships, but I'd much prefer it in this country (when it comes to hockey at least) if the teams were more focused on winning the playoffs as the ultimate prize, such as with North American sports, and then the conferences and regular season league winner being secondary prizes to win/achieve.
Otherwise, whats really the point of the playoffs other than being a money making exercise?
Not saying the playoffs aren't important here mind, I'll never forget the will to win shown by the devils in that playoff semi against Belfast a few seasons ago, nor that home QF second leg comeback against Braehead. Incredible desire.