NHL's new realignment a positive for Bruins

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NHL's new realignment a positive for Bruins

There will be a new realignment in the NHL next season, and the Bruins look to have caught a little break with it.

First of all, there will be four "conferences" -- two with eight teams, two with seven teams. Four teams from each conference make the playoffs.

Not only did the Bruins land in one of the two conferences with seven teams, but they don't have to worry about getting in over the Red Wings or Penguins either.

The teams in their current division now will move to the new conference with them along with Tampa Bay and Florida.

There are still three rounds of playoffs before the Stanley Cup Finals, but each conference must have it's champion before moving on.

For example, if the Bruins were the top seed, they would play the fourth seed in their conference. The winner would play the winner of the 2nd vs. 3rd seed. The winner of that series would then play the other champion of the other Eastern Conference (conferences are not named yet). That winner would go to the Stanley Cup.

The new realignment is meant to make more sense geographically, and also guarantees that each team plays each other at least twice a season -- a home and home -- like the NBA schedule (in a non-lockout season, that is).

Thursday, March 23: Sidney Crosby, junk dealer

Thursday, March 23: Sidney Crosby, junk dealer

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while having never said “break a leg” for good luck to fellow Stoneham, Mass., native Nancy Kerrigan on social media, or otherwise.

 *A brief video history of Sidney Crosby spearing, or otherwise targeting, opponents in the crotches prepared with care and thought by the Puck Daddy himself, Greg Wyshynski.

*Elliotte Friedman has his 30 thoughts for the week and a few of them centered around new Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy.

*Could the NBA’s star-resting phenomenon reach into the NHL when it comes to getting in-season time off for the superstars?

*Give the Leafs credit because they picked up coach Mike Babcock when he made a rare screw-up against the Blue Jackets.

*Check out the sick USA/Russia skating kicks on Alex Ovechkin, who had them custom made for a charity event.

*Speaking of Ovechkin, could T.J. Oshie and not Ovechkin actually lead the Capitals in scoring this season?

*For something completely different: Hide the women and children, the Scorpions and Megadeath are going on a North American tour together.

 

Five takeaways: East top seed well within Celtics' reach

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Five takeaways: East top seed well within Celtics' reach

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