NHL Realigns for the 2013-14 Season

Forced to try anything to salvage the slipping U.S. fan-base the NHL has agreed to shuffle things up in regards to divisions and conferences. The new set up is more geographically friendly and now allows teams like the Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets to save on their traveling expense now that they wont have to make those lengthy trips to the west coast.  Below is the new set up, let us know what you think… Being a follower of the Red Wings growing up, one thing already stands out to me, they have been reunited with 3 other members of the “Original Six” (Boston, Montreal and Toronto) which should excite some of the old school fans, playing Nashville and Columbus was cool but not the same as going up against Les Canadians or heading to bean town to grapple with the Bruins.

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They also have adjusted the schedules as well, it’s too difficult for me to explain so take a look for yourself:

NEW REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE MATRIX

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

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