NHL Realignment Approved for Next Season

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March 14, 2013 3:15 PM by Smash

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I wrote about this in one of the previous NHL recaps and the NHL board has officially approved the realignment. Starting in the 2013-2014 season, the League will be broken down into 4 division across 2 conferences. The following is how the divisions will work:

Division A (Western Conference):

Anaheim Ducks
Calgary Flames
Edmonton Oilers
Los Angeles Kings
Phoenix Coyotes
San Jose Sharks
Vancouver Canucks

Division B (Western Conference):

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

Division C (Eastern Conference):

Boston Bruins
Buffalo Sabres
Detroit Red Wings*
Florida Panthers
Montreal Canadiens
Ottawa Senators

Division D (Eastern Conference):

Carolina Hurricanes
Columbus Blue Jackets*
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Philadelphia Flyers

*The Jets are moving from the Eastern Conference to the Western Conference and the Red Wings & Blue Jackets are moving from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference.

In terms of how the scheduling will breakdown is every team will play each other at least once both home and away. Many people have said this is a complete monetary move because people will dish out money to see certain players (*cough Sidney Crosby cough*). Regardless, it will be great for the League to be able to see every team.

From NHL.com, here is how the complete schedule will breakdown:

Western Conference (7-team divisions)

Within Conference (Division): 29 games

* 5 games vs. five teams (3 Home/2 Away vs. two teams, 2 Home/3 Away vs. three teams) AND 4 games vs. one team (2 Home/2 Away). Teams rotated on a yearly basis.
* 5 X 5 =25 games
* 1 X 4 = 4 games

Within Conference (Non-Division): 21 games

* 3 games vs. each team (2 Home/1 Away vs. four teams, 1 Home/2 Away vs. three teams). Teams rotated on a yearly basis.
* 3 X 7 = 21 games

Non-Conference: 32 games
* 2 games vs. each team (1 Home/1 Away)
* 2 X 16 = 32 games
(Exception: one team from each division plays one less game inside Division and one more game inside Conference outside Division)

Eastern Conference (8-team divisions)

Within Conference (Division): 30 games

* 5 games vs. two teams (3 Home/2 Away vs. one team, 2 Home/3 Away vs. one team) AND 4 games vs. five teams (2 Home/2 Away). Teams rotated on a yearly basis.
* 5 X 2 =10 games
* 4 X 5 = 20 games

Within Conference (Non-Division): 24 games

* 3 games vs. each team (2 Home/1 Away vs. four teams, 1 Home/2 Away vs. four teams). Teams rotated on a yearly basis.
* 3 X 8 = 24 games

Non-Conference: 28 games

* 2 games vs. each team (1 Home/1 Away)
* 2 X 14 = 28 games

I like the changes and look forward to seeing them in action next season. Finally something that was voted on will go into effect almost immediately and non of this waiting around 2-3 years for something to kick in.

One thought on “NHL Realignment Approved for Next Season

  1. […] As I wrote on Thursday, the realignment was approved by the board and will go into effect starting next season (2013-2014). Read the full post here. […]

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