Realignment raises more questions

Updated: December 6, 2011, 11:51 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Just for fun, we took a look at the NHL standings as of Tuesday morning and overlaid them on the new four-conference system that will become reality next fall to see if the playoff situation would be dramatically different.

Now, we understand that this is a little bit of comparing apples to oranges given that the new conference format features a balanced schedule outside the conference so teams will play each other in a different pattern.

Still, ...

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