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Central Division 2021 Realignment Scenario

Reader Poll for Upcoming Central Division Realignment

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With expansion in the NHL, comes the possibility of realignment. When Seattle joins the NHL for its inaugural season, the already crowded Central Division will be picking up another team. Reports from NHL insiders have said that the Arizona Coyotes will be moving to the Central Division in 2021. It has not been confirmed by the NHL Board of Governors yet, but a vote is coming in the very near future. The Second City team wanted to hear your thoughts on the realignment that will occur when Seattle joins the league after the 2020 - 2021 season.

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Western Conference Alignment and Standings
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Update (12/4, 12 pm CDT): As predicted, the Arizona Coyotes will be the Blackhawks new central division foe starting in the 2021-2022 season.

Polls will be open until 12:00 PM on Friday, December 7th.


Do you agree with the Arizona Coyotes moving into the Central Division?

This poll is closed

  • 61%
    Yes, they are the correct team to place in the Central
    (216 votes)
  • 38%
    No, I want to see another team move into the Central
    (134 votes)
350 votes total Vote Now

Once Seattle joins, there will be 32 teams in the NHL. Should the playoff format change to adapt to the expansion?


Do you want the playoff format changed?

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    Yes, add more wild card slots
    (28 votes)
  • 25%
    No, I like it how it is. Top 3 from each division and 2 wild card teams per conference
    (92 votes)
  • 66%
    Yes, go back to top 8 from Western and top 8 from Eastern
    (239 votes)
359 votes total Vote Now

We are looking forward to hearing what you have to say! Discuss your ideas below in the comment section.