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by Alanah McGinley on 11/19/07 at 11:55 PM ET
From Al Strachan at FoxSports,
But judging by the early returns, the attempts to maintain the current schedule, led by Lou Lamoriello of the New Jersey Devils, will fail. Lamoriello’s dearly beloved concept of eight divisional games per year will be scrapped and reduced to six.
That frees up room to make sure that every team plays each other at least once. The existing format of playing the non-divisional teams in your conference four times — two in each venue — will stay.
So that will give us 24 divisional games, 40 conference games and 15 non-conference games. That’s a total of 79, which should be enough to determine which teams belong in the playoffs. But it’s three short of the existing total and you have to know that there’s no way the governors will voluntarily reduce revenue.
Therefore, the league will add three wild-card games.
Note: Presumably, none of this can be confirmed till after the NHL’s Governors meeting on November 29th. This issue was also addressed briefly by Bruce Garrioch in the Ottawa Sun yesterday
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