The 2021-2022 Hockey Season has officially begun and it has shattered previous years for viewership, as well as completely changed the game for future seasons. From games to divisions, and even rosters. This Season is changing the game.
The Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals will play in the East Division.
“That becomes sometimes a lot like playoff hockey,” Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said. “You’re going to be playing back-to-back against the same team, whether it’s in your building or on the road. It’s going to be a little bit different, but at the end of the day you’re trying to win games so that you can get in the playoffs and have an opportunity to compete for the Stanley Cup.” This set change in divisions has made it more competitive for playoff spots, new rivalries, and more are sure to ensue with the new format.
Another concern though is Coronavirus. The 2020-21 season has been delayed due to continuing concerns surrounding the coronavirus. The last game was played Sept. 28, when the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars 2-0 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Another huge subject was the vast amount of stars that made moves around the league. On nhl.com, a whole list of trades happened that stunned the league and improved many teams. Most of the Notable trades were Henrik Lunqivst, Matthew Murray, Zdeno Chara, and Braden Holtby. These players all are veterans who wanted to change teams, and in turn improved the situation for the team they left and the team they joined. This small insite is just the tip of the iceberg for the new season. Enjoy your hockey and go Pens!