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03-14-2013, 02:38 PM
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My 2 cents. Loss of Detroit is not as big a deal as many are making it out to be. It has been a long time since there was any real hate between the two teams. I think the loss of Detroit is more than made up for by playing every team in the NHL at least twice. It will be nice being able to play teams like Boston, Toronto, Montreal, Pittsburg, Philly etc... twice a year. I also think there is good rivalry potential with Minnesota, Winnipeg and Colorado. I am not 100% sure of the playoff format, but if it is divisional based (which I thought I read) those rivalries will develop fairly quickly. Another positive aspect to the new alignment is that it seems to put the Hawks in a pretty good position moving forward. I don't see any of the other teams in our division, except possibly St. Louis, developing into powerhouses anytime soon. Should allow us to be a playoff team for the foreseeable future.

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