NHL playoff format will knock out top teams early

Nashville Predators' Scott Hartnell (17), P.K. Subban (76) and Mattias Ekholm (14) talk to Winnipeg Jets' Nikolaj Ehlers (27) after one of the many scrums during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Sunday, March 25, 2018. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press via AP)

Two of the top four teams in the NHL are guaranteed to be out the playoffs after the second round.