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Few changes for Bruins amid NHL realignment

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  December 6, 2011 12:59 PM

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Aside from one more trip per year to Sunrise and Tampa, life for the Bruins will be status quo once the NHL approves its realignment plan.

The Bruins will play Montreal, Toronto, Buffalo, and Ottawa, its current Northeast Division opponents, six times during the regular season. They will also play the Panthers and Lightning six times versus the current four-game schedule against the Florida clubs.

The Bruins will play the 23 teams outside of their conference twice – once home, once away.

The top four teams from each conference will qualify for the playoffs. There has been no determination on re-seeding the clubs per round.

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