West gains playoff advantage in new-look NHL

Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips (ERROL MCGIHON/THE OTTAWA SUN/QMI AGENCY).

Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips (ERROL MCGIHON/THE OTTAWA SUN/QMI AGENCY).

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:58 PM ET

NEW YORK -- Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Phillips aren't thrilled with the NHL's new look.

The Senators' veterans welcome the Detroit Red Wings to what's going to be called the Central Division with open arms, but neither is thrilled that it will tougher to make the playoffs in the East than in the West.

That's because realignment calls for 16 teams in the East and 14 in the West.


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