Realignment

Monday, 12.05.2011 / 10:03 AM
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Realignment

Will we store the sunscreen and stock up on Stanfield's?

The dozen years spent in the Pacific Division has been nice on the weather front (and "bannerful"), but it's been really hard on the ratings, travel and body clock. Those 9:30pm starts, endless trips to California and two time zone shifts take their toll.

This week the NHL Board of Governors will convene and a top topic is realignment. It's been moved to the peak of the pile because of the Thrashers move to Winnipeg and so with that comes an opportunity to reimagine the divisions, conferences and schedule.

That reimagining could include a Stars shift to the Central (Conference) - where they resided from their arrival in Texas in 93' until the switch to the Pacific in 1998 - and where the division - or as is being proposed, "conference" - name matches the time zone. (Ta-friggin-da).

The "conference" could include current Central inhabitants Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Nashville, Columbus, plus newcomers Winnipeg, Minnesota and your Dallas Stars. If this happens we'd all just thaw out and stockpile vitamin D during the 41 home games.

If the four conference thing doesn't fly then it seems likely that they'll just swap Winnipeg and Detroit in a one for one, west-east trade, and jockey a couple of teams within the divisions to make things make a little more sense.

For hockey purity, rivalries renewed, and 7:00pm road starts on TV, I'm crossing everything not fixed in hopes that the bigger, bolder plan gets the votes.

How positive am I that this will happen? Well I just asked Santa for a calf-length eiderdown parka, Uggs and two earflap toques .. so .. ya .. I'll either be well prepared for the north, or I'll fit right in with the other wackos at Venice beach.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 77 45 27 5 224 208 95
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 77 39 26 12 217 204 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 77 28 46 -6 74
T. Seguin 67 35 35 -4 70
J. Spezza 77 17 42 -3 59
J. Klingberg 60 11 27 3 38
C. Eakin 73 17 19 -5 36
T. Daley 63 16 20 -10 36
A. Goligoski 77 4 31 -2 35
A. Hemsky 71 11 21 -5 32
S. Horcoff 73 11 17 7 28
V. Fiddler 75 12 15 -5 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 34 16 10 .906 2.88
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.25
 
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