NHL Realignment: New and Rekindled Rivalries

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NHL Realignment: New and Rekindled Rivalries
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Obviously, the radical, new NHL realignment will have major effects on the game. Travel and playoffs, for example, will be much different than they were in the past; every team will play a drastically different schedule in terms of matchups.

The first two rounds of the playoffs will be played exclusively within each division, and teams will play their division opponents three to four more times than the teams outside of their division.

With new combinations of teams in each conference, some rivalries will be lost (article coming soon), but the new schedule and playoff setups will create new rivalries almost immediately.

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