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Florida Panthers Leaving Southeast to Join 'SnowBird Division' ... Cats in with Bolts, Bruins, Habs, Leafs, Sens and Sabres

The NHL's Board of Governors approved realignment for next season, with the Panthers moving from the Southeast Division to a yet-unnamed Conference C. Florida will be with Southeast alum Tampa Bay as well as Buffalo, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Boston.

By being in a seven team division, the Panthers will play each division foe six times – three home, three away. The new format brings back complete play as each team will play every team in the league at least twice – one at home, one away.

The top four teams in each division will play each other in the playoffs with the four conference champs being seeded for the Stanley Cup semifinals.

This goes into affect next season.