The most played rivalry game will only be played twice a season and both teams will no longer be in the same Conference after one more vote. The Detroit Red Wings will be packing up and heading to the Eastern Conference after the NHL Players Association approved the realignment package on Thursday. All that stands in the way to realignment for the 2013-2014 season is the vote of approval by the NHL Board of Governors.
Maybe after all the ridicule that Chicago fans were giving NBCSN for rivalry night on Twitter they really had it right the entire time. Welcome to the Chicago Blackhawks Division, Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild. Yes, due to realignment for the first time in the Chicago Blackhawks team history the Hawks will not be in a division with a fellow original six team and they are stuck with Blues, Wild’s, and Avalanches of the NHL.
The most played rivalry in terms of games is the Red Wings vs Blackhawks rivalry and now they will only see each other twice a season. Instead of three trips to Joe Louis Arena there will be three trips to Winnipeg. It will be a Bold new NHL world with all the playoff scenarios still to be worked out after the approval. The Red Wings return to their Maple Leafs rivalry and more Eastern Time Zone road games which they and their fans desired.
The new divisions look like this
Western Conference (14 teams)
Eastern Conference (16 teams)
What do you think about this realignment? Are you excited about the new Jets/Hawks rivalry??
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