Count Steven Stamkos among NHL players not quite sold on the league's divisional postseason format.
"It's a little imperfect," the Tampa Bay Lightning captain told Sportsnet's Chris Johnston on Thursday. "I've always thought when you go to the 1 (seed versus) 8, and then reseed after that, that's just, for me anyways, a little more logical."
"Our division is pretty deadly at this point," Kadri told Johnston on Wednesday. "Obviously that’s kind of at a disadvantage for us. It’d be nicer to play a seven or eight seed.”
If the playoffs started Thursday, the Lightning (24-7-1) would face the Montreal Canadiens (15-11-5), who occupy the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, while the Leafs (21-9-1) would be forced to face the third-place Buffalo Sabres (18-9-4) in the opening round.
Additionally, teams aren't reseeded in subsequent rounds as they were when the league used the conference format.
"There's no consistency in our game," Tarasenko told reporters postgame. "I apologize to all of our fans. We can't play at home like this, and ... it's unacceptable. I don't know how to fix it. We'll work on it, but (it's not working) for now."
The Blues failed to capitalize on a four-minute power play in the first period after Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson was handed a double minor for high-sticking Alexander Steen.
"We need to use chances like that, especially (at) the start of the game," Tarasenko said. "It's supposed to give our team (an) emotional bump, and we need to get on the scoreboard if we have a four minutes of power-play (time). We didn't do our job over there (Sunday) and this is (the) result."
Vancouver opened the scoring on a Brock Boeser shot that ricocheted off the glass and bounced in off St. Louis goaltender Jake Allen's pad. Boeser finished with a hat trick and Elias Pettersson collected five points in the Canucks' victory.
"I can tell (you) Carolina - which really, really, really wanted to get in on Nylander and never really got that shot - they want a top-six forward ASAP, and they've got the surplus on defense to make it happen," TSN's Pierre LeBrun said on Thursday's edition of "Insider Trading."
The Hurricanes' forward depth has taken a hit due to injuries, with Jordan Staal being ruled out of Friday's game against the Anaheim Ducks due to a concussion and Micheal Ferland still dealing with a head injury of his own.
LeBrun reported back in September that the Hurricanes were among the teams that called the Toronto Maple Leafs about Nylander, but they were told the Leafs didn't want to trade him.
Nylander re-signed with Toronto last Saturday, inking a new six-year deal minutes before the 5 p.m. ET deadline to avoid being ineligible for the rest of the season.