HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-26-2013, 11:54 PM
Join Date: Feb 2008
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?")
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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