Canadiens vacation traditional: No celebrations in Dawn on Dec. 31, 2011

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This week, we’re wanting again at 4 traditional Canadiens video games from the vacation interval. At the moment: No. three.

Let’s begin with somewhat geography lesson.

The Nationwide Hockey League might have used one the final time it realigned divisions in 2013. The Canadiens and 7 different groups had been positioned within the Atlantic Division regardless of the actual fact solely two groups of the groups — the Boston Bruins and the Florida Panthers — are on the Atlantic coast.

The opposite eight groups shaped the Metropolitan Division, however it ought to be famous that 5 of these groups — the three New York Metropolis-area groups, the Washington Capitals and the Philadelphia Flyers — are close to the Atlantic.

The opposite query that arose from the realignment was: Why do the six Atlantic Division groups within the Northeast must fly over your complete Metropolitan Division to play their division rivals in Florida?

Not less than there’s a good reply for that query.

The Sunshine State is closely depending on winter tourism as snowbirds flee the winter and the Florida groups hoped to lure them indoors for just a few hours to fulfill their hockey repair. That’s why, in a non-pandemic season, you can see the Canadiens in Florida in the course of the week between Christmas and Jan. 1.