The Red Wings say they’re happy with the realignment for the league made official Thursday by the NHL's Board of Governors. Beginning next season, Detroit and Columbus shift from the Western Conference to the East, while Winnipeg will move from the Eastern Conference to the West. The change will cut down on travel time for the Red Wings, who will be in a new division with Boston, Buffalo, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay and Toronto, putting all those teams in the Eastern time zone. Next year, the Stanley Cup playoffs will feature a wild card system. Permanent names for the divisions will be assigned at a later date.
The new plan allows each team to play once a season in every NHL arena. Tonight, it’s Detroit at Edmonton.
In minor league hockey, in the ECHL, the Kalamazoo Wings take on Ft. Wayne tonight at Wings Stadium. And in college hockey, beginning tonight, it’s the best of 3 second round CCHA playoff series with Western Michigan hosting Michigan while Michigan State is at Miami-Ohio.