Insider: Lightning To Join Northeast Division

The NHL Board of Governors approved wide sweeping re-alignment on Monday night, and the news was not good for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

With the NHL eliminating divisions, and going to four conferences, the Lightning basically joined what was the Northeast Division. Their conference will now include the Florida Panthers, the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres, the Montreal Canadiens, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Ottawa Senators.

This may be the worst case scenario for the Lightning because of the teams involved. The Lightning have a combined record of 67-121-14-19 on the road in those buildings, and they now become the most important games on the schedule.

Stay tuned to ESPNFlorida.com as more details become available from the National Hockey League on how the postseason will work.

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