Realignment, eh? Well, I may need to practice up a bit drawing characters for the teams joining the Ducks, Kings, Sharks, and Coyotes, but this first pass seems to have gone all right -- so count me among the supporters of the new
Pacific Division West Conference!
Plus there's a fair amount of postlockout playoff history between these two sets of teams:
Old Northwest vs. Old Pacific (excluding MIN and DAL) playoff matchups since the lockout:
|Year and Round||Series Result|
|2006 Round 1||ANA 4, CGY 3|
|2006 Round 2||EDM 4, SJS 2|
|2006 Round 2||ANA 4, COL 0|
|2006 Round 3||EDM 4, ANA 1|
|2007 Round 2||ANA 4, VAN 1|
|2008 Round 1||SJS 4, CGY 3|
|2010 Round 1||SJS 4, COL 2|
|2010 Round 1||VAN 4, LAK 2|
|2011 Round 3||VAN 4, SJS 1|
9 playoff rounds in that table above, with the old Pacific winning 5 of them, and no matchup occurring more than once. It should be cool to see some rematches a year-plus from now, I'd think. Hooray for vengeance!
Prediction: I should be around tonight for game comments -- stop on by! Although I'll be really tempted to turn off the TV should the Ducks manage to score the game's first two goals. :)