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02-26-2013, 11:54 PM
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Alternative Eastern Divisions

The newly released schedule matrix makes the Eastern Conference look like the NBA, where divisions really don't matter because you are playing every conference team (except 2) only 3 or 4 times. With more divisions, you get more divisional games in-season. And we all love those rivalries, especially Canadian TV.

4 divisions of 4; play division teams 6 times and all other conference teams 3 times

GREAT LAKES ("Central?")
Buffalo
Pittsburgh
Columbus
Detroit

NORTHEAST
Toronto
Montreal
Ottawa
Boston

ATLANTIC
Philadelphia
NY Rangers
NY Islanders
New Jersey

SOUTHEAST
Washington
Carolina
Florida
Tampa Bay

Should the Philadelphia/Pittsburgh rivalry be maintained, these teams will play each other as well as their division rivals 5 times. That would leave the remaining Great Lakes and Atlantic division teams a game short of 82. Adding a 7th Columbus vs. Detroit game, and a rotating 4th Buffalo vs. NY/NJ game (along with a 7th game between the two other NY/NJ teams) would then give all teams 82 games.

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