Have watched people around here talk about those things and bought into it before only to see it mean nothing. Have also watched people talk about how much of a disadvantage it would be for teams to have the extra game only a few days before the next and it rarely matters. Especially when it comes to this team.
I really don't care much about seeding.
I agree having to play the play-in game doesn't change your chance of winning the next series all that much. Unless of course you lose the play-in game, then you have zero chance of winning the next series. And, I think we have a much better chance of winning the play-in game at home than we do in Chicago or Atlanta. So I do care about seeding, at least on that level.