So we have the potential to start the year with our obligatery losing western trip? Good god. And yes that stupid christmas stretch has disaster written all over it. We don't win games in Dallas during the holidays. That's a fact.
I do like the four division format and the fact that you will see each team in your barn at least once and go to each city at least once but I don't like the idea of only 4 games (that I can see) against the Bruins.
Also the Habs are in the Atlantic now? Does the NHL not realize that if you go with non-geographical division names you don't have to try to explain the alignments as much. In an 8 team division called the Atlantic, 2 teams are actually on the Atlantic Ocean. Maybe only one, is Miami on the Atlantic. I think so.
Great part is that you see every team in the league at home at least once. Had to be done like that.
As a sidenote, I hope that they come back to white jersey for the home team as usually the greatest jersey is the dark one...so people would see all of them at their rink. No need to see ours...just have to buy it instead and wear it.