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Does The NHL Need To Realign To Keep Everyone Happy?

Written by OGB   
Thursday, 13 October 2011 06:09

Hockey odds, news and the best predictionsWith the return of the Winnipeg Jets to the NHL, fans and analysts alike are wondering if the world’s greatest hockey league will realign its divisions so that teams in the Southeast division, do not have to make the long trek to Winnipeg for years to come. Since the NHL divided its 30 teams into two 15 team conferences at the end of the 1990s, fans and franchises have each complained about how difficult the sports betting schedule is. The best example of annoying the fans came in 2007, when the Ottawa Senators took on the Anaheim Ducks in the Stanley Cup finals. The team’s averaged nearly 15 hours of price per head services to switch from each location. Today we will look at why the NHL needs realignment.

Last night on twitter, TSN hockey expert Bob Mackenzie suggested to his followers, that the Detroit Red Wings instead of the Columbus Blue Jackets, would move to the Southeast division next season, in a swap with the aforementioned Winnipeg Jets. As one can imagine, the idea that the Red Wings and not the Blue Jackets would move back to the East next season, was confusing on a few different levels.

Firstly, the Columbus Blue Jackets are one of many Western Conference franchises struggling to fill their arena on a nightly basis. By moving to the Southeast division, the Blue Jackets would be able to entertain their fans by facing bookie software giants the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lighting 12 times a year. This in turn would theoretically result in more fans coming to Blue Jackets home games, because the superstars are all in the East.

On the other hand, from a geographical standpoint, it makes more sense to move Columbus to the Southeast division, since they are the closest to the Sunbelt teams. By instead making the Detroit Red Wings their NFL betting picks, the NHL is simply playing favorites, because Detroit has been pulling for a move to the East for nearly 13 years.

With Winnipeg, a move to the Western Conference is both good and bad. The move would be good, because Winnipeg is closer to the Western Conference teams in the Northwest and Central divisions, then they are to any East Coast teams besides, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. This in turn, would limit the amount of jet lag the players may suffer as a result of all the travel time between Winnipeg and the Eastern Conference teams.

Yet, at the same time, a move to the Western Conference would also be a bad thing for the Winnipeg Jets. Ever since the East and West were established, the Western Conference has been viewed as the tougher division, since every team plays a more defensively sound game. Meaning to say, the former Atlanta Thrashers had a tough time making the playoffs in the East, it may be impossible if they move to the West.

 
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