REPORT: Nashville to stay in West while Detroit and Columbus head East…

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Per Elliott Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada (via Nick Cotsonika), the proposed NHL realignment would see the Nashville Predators in “Conference 3″ while their Central Division rivals, the Detroit Red Wings and the Columbus Blue Jackets, would head East.

Here are the screen shots of the telecast in which the new conferences were reported:

realignment report

While it’s a hit to the main rivalry to have the Wings move East, the Preds would at least be in a conference with two other rivals: the Ryan Suter-led Minnesota Wild and the Chicago Blackhawks.

The realignment seems to make time zone’s the main focus which, for TV and radio audiences, should be priority number one. Every team is going to travel, that’s a given. But how many times do you, as a Predators fan in the Central Time Zone, want to stay up to watch them drop the puck at 9:30pm because they’re taking on the San Jose Sharks? This will hopefully limit the frequency of that occurrence.

What do you think? Does this realignment work?

7 Comments

  1. Phillip Jozef Alter

    February 23, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Columbus in a conference with NYR, PIT, PHI, WAS and NJD? I feel bad for them…

  2. Paul Nicholson (@pwnicholson)

    February 23, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    How do playoffs work with more teams in the East than in the West? Even if you just have all 4 as equal conferences headed to playoffs (no east/west), you still have a different numbers in different conferences. Scheduling is going to be weird. Unbalanced by nature…

    That is unless there’s an announcement about some combination of Vegas/Seattle/Kansas forthcoming…

  3. Paul Nicholson (@pwnicholson)

    February 23, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Also interesting to note that the western conferences are pretty much pure geographic, while the east are mixed up geographically (not just north/south). Balances out the travel loads a bit more, but the Eastern teams can’t be happy about it, relative to their cake travel schedules this year.

  4. Christopher-J

    February 23, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Well, Friedman was a little off. Here are th official new conferences…

    Conf. A – ANA CAL COL EDM LOS PHO SAN VAN (8)
    Conf. B – CHI CBJ DAL DET MIN NSH STL WIN (8)
    Conf. C – BOS BUF FLO MON OTT TAM TOR (7)
    Conf. D – CAR NJD NYI NYR PHI PIT WAS (7)

    Not only did Elliott have the number of teams in each conf. wrong, but they’d “lettered” not numbered. j/k

    As for seeding and the playoffs, here’s my simple idea. Top 16 team overall in A *and* C (or D) combined, then 1st v. 16th, 2nd v. 15th and so on for playoff match-ups. Likewise, Top 16 overall in B and D (or C) and so on… The reason I’m not certain on conference pairings with regards to seeding (aside from there being an 8-team one and a 7-team one), is the spread of teams in C. Aside from the Florida teams, the other teams are more westerly that the D teams, who would definitely prefer (if not playing another D team) playing B teams in the playoffs over A teams. But there’s *no* way FLO and TAM would stand for the possibility of having to play an A team in the first round of the playoffs.

    Anyhoo…

  5. Robert Hutchison

    February 26, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Maybe I’m missing something here, but does it really limit the number of times the Predators will have west coast games? We will still be in the Western Conference, just the “Mid-west” division. So we’ll likely have as many, if not more of those 9:00pm or later start time games.

    From the NHL: In the seven-team divisions, teams would play intraconference foes three times per season and five of the six intradivision foes five times a season. The sixth opponent within the division would be played four times.

    So… as an example, we’d end up playing our intraconference foes (ANA, CAL, EDM, LA, PHX, SAN, and VAN) three times each and play our intradivision foes (CHI, COL, DAL, MIN, STL, WIN) five times each playing one of these teams four times instead of five.

  6. Predder

    February 26, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Here is my suggestion. Think about it and let it sink in.
    North: VAN, CAL, EDM, WIN, MIN, TOR, PIT, PHI, NJ, NYI, NYR,BOS, OTT, MTL BUF

    South: SJ, LA, ANA, COL, PHO, DAL, STL, NSH, CAR, TB, FLA, WSH, CBJ, CHI, DET

    This way EVERYONE has to make those lousy trips to the west coast and spend time and money to get there evenly.

    • beautypersoni

      February 27, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      Phew! Almost commented about TV start times before realizing you were being sarcastic. :^)