I love playing the same teams in the playoffs each year. Most of the best rivalries were forged this way. It should be a blast to get some hate in on Boston, Buffalo, Toronto, and Ottawa. Plus everyone already hates the Habs.
Fans are big winners with every team coming into town every year.
I also like that two teams could play in the semi's one year, an then for the cup the next. With the game times mostly starting in the same time zone, kids will be able to enjoy more games.
My only loss in the changes is Washington only coming to town once. Lightning fans will miss watching Ovie cry.
I give this two big thumbs up.