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Old 07-19-2013, 02:57 PM
 
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The NHL released its schedule for the upcoming season. Some changes have happened in the alignment of teams and conferences. Columbus and Detroit move to the East while Winnipeg moves to the West.

This year, every team will play every team at least twice. That means every Eastern and Western team will play each other once at home, and once on the road.

Here's how the new divisions line up:

Western Conference
Pacific Division Central Division
Anaheim Ducks Chicago Blackhawks
Calgary Flames Colorado Avalanche
Edmonton Oilers Dallas Stars
Los Angeles Kings Minnesota Wild
Phoenix Coyotes Nashville Predators
San Jose Sharks St. Louis Blues
Vancouver Canucks Winnipeg Jets


Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division Metropolitan Division
Boston Bruins Carolina Hurricanes
Buffalo Sabres Columbus Blue Jackets
Detroit Red Wings New Jersey Devils
Florida Panthers New York Islanders
Montreal Canadiens New York Rangers
Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers
Tampa Bay Lightning Pittsburgh Penguins
Toronto Maple Leafs Washington Capitals
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Old 07-20-2013, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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Glad to see Csps away from playing Tampa and Florida. Better to see them playing Pens, Rangers and Flyers.

Columbus and Detroit fans deserve to see away games more in normal viewing hours. The tv ratings should increase.

Same with Dallas playing fewer away games at later starts.

I wonder if Zminnesota will really have an instant rivalry with Chicago, Winnipeg and STL. It will take time to recreate the North Stars' rivalry with STL and Chicago, no? The Wild just doesn't have that resonance that the North Stars did.
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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Full list of the new NHL division set up.

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division
Boston Bruins
Buffalo Sabres
Detroit Red Wings
Florida Panthers
Montreal Canadiens
Ottawa Senators
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs

Metropolitan Division
New York Rangers
New York Islanders
New Jersey Devils
Washington Capitals
Pittsburgh Penguins
Philadelphia Flyers
Carolina Hurricanes
Columbus Blue Jackets

Western Conference

Central Division
Chicago Blackhawks
St. Louis Blues
Nashville Predators
Minnesota Wild
Colorado Avalanche
Dallas Stars
Winnipeg Jets

Pacific Division
Los Angeles Kings
Anaheim Ducks
Phoenix Coyotes
San Jose Sharks
Vancouver Canucks
Calgary Flames
Edmonton Oilers
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Old 07-22-2013, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Clear Lake Area
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Very excited about this as a wings fan. Only a few 10:30 starts now... and nothing but ET zone for playoffs (excluding finals). The other big thing, more games against the Original 6 teams... the past few years, we'd often only see the Eastern original 6 teams once per season. Hopefully future expansion/relocation will be Seattle and Houston in order to keep the Wings in the east.
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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Very excited about this as a wings fan. Only a few 10:30 starts now... and nothing but ET zone for playoffs (excluding finals). The other big thing, more games against the Original 6 teams... the past few years, we'd often only see the Eastern original 6 teams once per season. Hopefully future expansion/relocation will be Seattle and Houston in order to keep the Wings in the east.
With the new division alignments, it looks like the NHL is putting the pieces in place to add two more franchises in the future.
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:40 PM
 
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I'm ok with the new divisions, but I don't like the change to the playoff format. The old way wasn't broken, so no need to.fix it.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Glad to see Csps away from playing Tampa and Florida. Better to see them playing Pens, Rangers and Flyers.

Columbus and Detroit fans deserve to see away games more in normal viewing hours. The tv ratings should increase.

Same with Dallas playing fewer away games at later starts.

I wonder if Zminnesota will really have an instant rivalry with Chicago, Winnipeg and STL. It will take time to recreate the North Stars' rivalry with STL and Chicago, no? The Wild just doesn't have that resonance that the North Stars did.
Plenty of +40 YOs left here that remember the old battles with the Hawks and Blues to bring some of that intensity back into the seats. Winnepeg is a natural rival and there is a bit of history left over from the old NHL clubs as well as even the WHA teams. Colorado may have been our most intense rival from the most recent divisional format. Nashville will be fun just because their fans are so butt-hurt over Suter coming home. Not really familar with Dallas, do they have a team?
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Old 07-26-2013, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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With the new division alignments, it looks like the NHL is putting the pieces in place to add two more franchises in the future.
Bill daily was in Vancouver after he came from a meeting in Seattle about a possible relocation of the Coyotes to the Key Arena.

the National Hockey League decides to expand or relocate a franchise, a pair of American cities -- Seattle, Wash., and Portland, Ore. -- appear to be its preferred destinations.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told reporters Tuesday the Pacific Northwest is “going to get serious consideration” the next time franchise shifting/adding comes to the forefront.
Daly, league commissioner Gary Bettman’s right-hand man, was in Vancouver attending an annual summer Canucks event.
“I’m not sure if we ever really addressed Seattle as a specific alternative in that process,” Daly said, when asked about the Phoenix Coyotes’ near-relocation earlier this month, “but I think it’s safe to say that we’re very intrigued by the Pacific Northwest, generally.”the National Hockey League decides to expand or relocate a franchise, a pair of American cities -- Seattle, Wash., and Portland, Ore. -- appear to be its preferred destinations.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told reporters Tuesday the Pacific Northwest is “going to get serious consideration” the next time franchise shifting/adding comes to the forefront.
Daly, league commissioner Gary Bettman’s right-hand man, was in Vancouver attending an annual summer Canucks event.

“I’m not sure if we ever really addressed Seattle as a specific alternative in that process,” Daly said, when asked about the Phoenix Coyotes’ near-relocation earlier this month, “but I think it’s safe to say that we’re very intrigued by the Pacific Northwest, generally.”
Source: NHL notes: Pacific Northwest to get 'serious consideration' in next relocation talks | Hockey | Sports | Toronto Sun
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