Mar 12, 2013; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom (35) fails to stop a goal by Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier (not pictured) in the first period at the BB

Panthers' Afternoon Nips: NHL Realignment Approved

When the Panthers face off against the Boston Bruins tonight there will be added gravitas to the matchup. The NHL Board of Governors approved the proposed NHL realignment plan which will now go into effect for the 2012-13 season. The plan will see the league stick to the two conference system but the conferences will now be split into only two division apiece. Under the new plan, the Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets will play in the Eastern Conference while the Winnipeg Jets will move to the Western Conference. The Florida Panthers will play in a division with Tampa Bay, Detroit, Boston, Montreal, Toronto Ottawa and Buffalo. So yes, the Panthers and Bruins will face each other tonight as future division foes. Let the rivalry begin!!! You can read more about the realignment, how the schedule will break down and how the playoffs will work over at NHL.com.

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