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Sources say NHL to drop divisional-heavy format

Updated: January 22, 2007, 9:01 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

DALLAS -- The NHL's board of governors will meet here Tuesday morning and sources indicate the league will put to bed the thorny of issue of its schedule by returning next season to the pre-lockout format.

That would see teams drop from the current eight divisional games to six, with four games against each conference opponent outside the division. Each team would then play each team in the other conference at least once, more depending on traditional rivalries.

If the schedule issue ...

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