The Biggest Changes the Detroit Red Wings Face in Move to Eastern Conference

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The Biggest Changes the Detroit Red Wings Face in Move to Eastern Conference
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The Detroit Red Wings have gotten their wish: they've finally left the Western Conference and have been moved to the East.

The first thing you notice is that the Wings will basically say goodbye to the Chicago Blackhawks, their ancient rivals. However, by moving East, they will resume rivalries with the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers.

So, they lose one Original Six opponent and gain four.

There are several key challenges and changes that the Red Wings will have to cope with as a result of changing conferences.

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