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BOG Approves realignment, Detroit to the East in 2013/14.

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I could just smell the NHL selling out hard and giving the divisions awesome corporate names. Tampax, Charmin, Huggies and Vagasil would go really good with half the arena names. I want royalties for my idea.

Or we can be even more injured than usual when our guys get murdered along the boards.

huggies for pittsburgh :)

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Regarding naming the division (although they will probably go with standard Southeast, Central, etc...) I think they should be traditional and name them after great pioneers of the NHL....and I don't mean Norris, Smythe et al. I mean Like Lafleur, Orr, Howe, Gretzky, Richard, Bowman, Brooks....

...anyone of those I would be fine with. But we will be stuck with Central, Northeast, etc...

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Regarding naming the division (although they will probably go with standard Southeast, Central, etc...) I think they should be traditional and name them after great pioneers of the NHL....and I don't mean Norris, Smythe et al. I mean Like Lafleur, Orr, Howe, Gretzky, Richard, Bowman, Brooks....

...anyone of those I would be fine with. But we will be stuck with Central, Northeast, etc...

Naming divisions after alltime greats would just make too much sense.

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So I've seen people come up with some crazy statistics on these boards, so I've been wondering if anyone can tell me how we've faired playing against these eastern teams in the past. I've been to a few Bruins games and we won both times.

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I wonder if the League will try to revive the old Detroit v. Montreal rivalry; Saturday night in Montreal, followed by Sunday night in Detroit.

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Boston yes, Philly no. I would be more worried about the Leafs bigger guys than Philly. Philly just has the reputation of that kind of team but they aren't big or scary anymore.

I agree with you to a certain extent. I agree that Philly isn't the biggest and meanest team in the league anymore. However, they're not pushovers. Scott Hartnell plays a physical style. Wayne Simmonds is a legitimate power forward. The Schenn brothers are pretty physical. Zac Rinaldo hits like a truck and is more than willing to drop the gloves. Nicklas Grossman is gritty on their blueline. Again, they're not the meanest team, but they're by no means an easy team to play against.

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I wonder if the League will try to revive the old Detroit v. Montreal rivalry; Saturday night in Montreal, followed by Sunday night in Detroit.

I hate manufactured rivalries, but we'll definitely be on CBC saturdays vs MTL a whole lot now. They won't do a Sunday rematch because only NBC does matinee Sunday games, and it'll be vs Boston almost all the time since they don't show canadian teams.

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I think the whole size issues have been totally overblown.

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I hate manufactured rivalries...

Detroit v. Montreal is far being a "manuafactured rivalry"; during the period from 1948-49 through 1959-60, Detroit won eight League championships (seven in a row) and four Stanley Cups while Montreal won the Cup five straight times, facing each other in the Cup final three times. i know, I know...there were only six teams!

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I remember part of last year's proposal included re-seeding the four division winners after the first two rounds of the playoffs so that the Stanley Cup Final had more possibilities (East vs East, West vs West, etc). Does anybody know if that will be the case under the new realignment? If so, with the role of the wild card slotting a team into another division's playoffs, it would then be possible to have a Stanley Cup Final from within a division (for example, Montreal vs Detroit).

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I remember part of last year's proposal included re-seeding the four division winners after the first two rounds of the playoffs so that the Stanley Cup Final had more possibilities (East vs East, West vs West, etc). Does anybody know if that will be the case under the new realignment? If so, with the role of the wild card slotting a team into another division's playoffs, it would then be possible to have a Stanley Cup Final from within a division (for example, Montreal vs Detroit).

Last I checked, that is how they're working it. The wildcards compete and then the winner goes to the other conference for the playoffs to even things out. So yes, you would be right and there could be a final with two teams being from the East.

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I remember part of last year's proposal included re-seeding the four division winners after the first two rounds of the playoffs so that the Stanley Cup Final had more possibilities (East vs East, West vs West, etc). Does anybody know if that will be the case under the new realignment? If so, with the role of the wild card slotting a team into another division's playoffs, it would then be possible to have a Stanley Cup Final from within a division (for example, Montreal vs Detroit).

Last I checked, that is how they're working it. The wildcards compete and then the winner goes to the other conference for the playoffs to even things out. So yes, you would be right and there could be a final with two teams being from the East.

Cup finals will still be East vs West. The two 8-team divisions are the Eastern Conference, the two 7-teams are the Western.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs will still consist of 16 teams, eight in each conference, but it will be division-based and a wild-card system has been added.

The top three teams in each division will make up the first 12 teams in the playoffs. The remaining four spots will be filled by the next two highest-placed finishers in each conference, based on regular-season points and regardless of division. It will be possible, then, for one division to send five teams to the postseason while the other sends three.

The seeding of the wild-card teams within each divisional playoff will be determined on the basis of regular-season points. The division winner with the most points in the conference will be matched against the wild-card team with the fewest points; the division winner with the second-most points in the conference will play the wild-card team with the second fewest points.

The teams finishing second and third in each division will play in the first round of the playoffs. The winners of each series will play for berths in the conference championship series.

The winners of the conference championships advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

I haven't seen it anywhere, but I assume teams will be reseeded for the second round, as it's possible to have 3 winners from one division and just 1 from the other.

Based on the standings now, the playoffs would be:

East

Pittsburgh vs Detroit

Montreal vs Toronto

Boston vs Ottawa

New Jersey vs Carolina

West

Chicago vs Dallas

Anaheim vs San Jose

Minnesota vs St.Louis

Vancouver vs LA

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