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The Bridgeport Sound Tigers will begin playing in the Atlantic Division next season, the American Hockey League announced as it unveiled their newly realigned divisions on Tuesday.

Bridgeport, the Islanders AHL farm team, played the 2014-15 campaign in the Northeast Division. They will remain in the same division as the Hartford Wolf Pack (New York Rangers) and the Springfield Falcons (Arizona Coyotes), but will see five new clubs enter their division.

Joining the Sound Tigers in the Atlantic Division will be the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals), Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers), Portland Pirates (Florida Panthers), Providence Bruins (Boston Bruins), and the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins).

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The Nets (20-23) lost to the Toronto Raptors (23-21) tonight by a score of 104-103.

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[sny-box] In a battle of the two top teams in the Atlantic Division, the Raptors held a 94-85 lead with just over eight minutes remaining. But the Nets rallied on the shoulders of Paul Pierce to go on a 9-0 run to tie the game and eventually take the lead.

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The Nets (15-22) lost to the Toronto Raptors (18-17) tonight by a score of 96-80.

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[sny-box] The Nets struggled through the first half but really picked things up to start the third quarter ? opening up a 10-point lead at the halfway point of the frame.

Tags: atlantic division, Brooklyn Nets, demar derozan, Jason Kidd, joe johnons, london, miami heat, NBA, Nets, nets, nets raptors, paul pierce, raptors, Toronto Raptors
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The Nets have won three of their last four contests, seemingly stabilizing things in Brooklyn... at least for the time being. But, for a team still in desperate need of as many wins as they can get, the next two and a half weeks could give us a glimpse of what we're in store for the rest of the way.

That's because the Nets kick off a pivotal stretch tonight at the Barclays Center. Two of their next three meetings with be with the Sixers, with a home game against the Wizards sandwiched in between. Two tough match ups with the Pacers loom (on the 23 and 28 of December), but outside of them, and arguably a Bulls team on Christmas that's without Derrick Rose, the Nets have finally hit an elongated soft spot in their schedule.

Home against Philly, home against Washington, at Philly, with games against Milwaukee and Sacramento scattered around the Pacers and Bulls meetings. That's a stretch where the Nets can do some damage. Philadelphia has lost six in a row, and the Nets have to make sure that that streak hits seven. Brooklyn is just two games off the division pace, and a hot stretch against beatable opponents could place them in the driver's seat in the division as we turn the calendar to 2014. That's??a huge opportunity.

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The Nets lost to the Knicks while the Raptors, Celtics and Sixers all had the night off last night.

The Nets are now 2.5 games back of the division leading Celtics.

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The Nets, Knicks, Celtics, Raptors and Sixers all had the night off last night.

The Nets remain 1.5 games back of the division leading Raptors.

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The Nets won, the Celtics lost while the Knicks, Raptors and Sixers all had the night off.

The Nets pick up a 1/2 game and are now 2 games back of the division leading Raptors.

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After coming off a Thanksgiving break the Nets, Knicks, Raptors and Sixers all lost while the Celtics won.

The Nets are still 2.5 games back of the division leading Raptors.

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The Nets, Sixers, Celtics and Knicks all lost while the Raptors had the night off.

The Nets are 2.5 games back of the division leading Raptors.

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The Nets beat the Raptors while the Knicks, Celtics and Sixers all had the night off.

The Nets picked up a game and are now 2 games back of the division leading Raptors.

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The Celtics won and the Knicks lost while the Nets, Raptors and Sixers all had the night off.

The Nets are still 3 games back of the division leading Raptors.

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The?Nets lost again while the Celtics, Raptors, Sixers and Knicks all had the night off.

The Nets are now 3 games back of the division leading Raptors.

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The Sixers and the Knicks lost while the Celtics won. The Nets and the Raptors had the night off.

The Nets remain 2.5 games back of the division leading Raptors.

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The?Nets and the Celtics lost while the Raptors and Sixers both won. The?Knicks had the night off.

The Nets are now 2.5 games back of the division leading Raptors.

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The entire Atlantic division had the night off with a light night in the Association.

The Nets are still 1.5 games back of the division leading Raptors.

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The?Knicks and Celtics both lost while the Nets, Sixers and Raptors all had the night off.

The Nets remain 1 game back of the division leading Sixers.

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The Raptors lost while the Nets, Celtics, Sixers and Knicks all had the night off.

The Nets remain one game back of the division leading Sixers.

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The Nets, Celtics, Knicks and Sixers all lost while the Raptors had the night off.

The Nets remain one game back of the division leading Sixers.

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The?Nets won while the Celtics, Raptors and Sixers all lost. The Knicks had the night off.

The Nets pick up a game and are now 1 game back of the division leading Sixers.

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The Knicks lost while the Nets, Celtics, Raptors and Sixers all had the night off..

The Nets remain 2 full games back of the division leading Sixers.

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The?Nets and the Celtics lost while the Knicks, Raptors and Sixers all won.

The Nets are now 2 full games back of the division leading Sixers.

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It was a light night in the NBA last night with only four games being played and all of the Atlantic division teams had the night off.

The Nets remain one game back of the division leading Sixers and Celtics.

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The?Nets and the Knicks had the night off while the Raptors and Sixers both lost.? The Celtics continued their resurgence and won their fourth straight game.

The Nets are now 1 game back of the division leading Sixers and Celtics.

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The?Nets, Sixers, Celtics and Raptors were all off while the Knicks got blown out on Sunday.

The Nets are still 1.5 games back of the division leading Sixers.

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The?Nets and the Sixers lost last night while the Celtics and Raptors both won. The Knicks had the night off.

The Nets are still 1.5 games back of the division leading Sixers.

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The?Nets?and the Raptors lost last night while the?Knicks, Celtics and?Sixers all won.

The Nets lost a game in the division and are now 1.5 games back of the division leading Sixers.

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It was a light night in the Association with only three total games on the schedule and none of the Atlantic division teams played.

The Nets remain one half game back for the division lead right now.

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The?Nets, Knicks?and Raptors all had the night off while the?Sixers?and Celtics both lost.

The Nets are now one and a half games behind the division leading Sixers.

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The Nets?and Celtics lost?last night,?while the Sixers, Knicks and Raptors all won.

The loss puts the Nets one game back in the division.

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By Dave Turner and Jeff O'Connor

With the season upon us, it's time to see how the Devils stack up with the rest of the Metropolitan Division. With plenty of talent across the board, the Metro division should be one of the most competitive in the league.

Dave's Picks:?

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Starting this season, the Atlantic Division will expand and add the Hurricanes, Blue Jackets and Capitals.

Based on how the standings finished last season, the Rangers would have been one of the three teams guaranteed a playoff spot.

At ESPN.com, Scott Burnside writes that with realignment and the Red Wings joining the Eastern Conference, the toughest division in the league will be the former North East division which, besides the Red Wings, will add Tampa Bay and Florida.

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Starting this coming season, the NHL will realign their divisions and the Rangers division will include the Penguins, Flyers, Devils, Islanders, Capitals, Blue Jackets and Hurricanes.

Via Sports Club Stats, the realigned standings for this division would be:

  • Penguins (72 points)
  • Capitals (57)
  • Rangers (56)
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  • Islanders (55)
  • Blue Jackets (55)
  • Flyers (49)
  • Devils (48)
  • Hurricanes (42)
The top three teams in each division make the playoffs and the final two teams are the highest remaining point totals between the two divisions in each conference.

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The core of the Rangers division next year will remain the same, Flyers, Islanders, Devils, Penguins, but will add Carolina, Washington and Columbus.

Based on the current point totals, the division standings would be:

  • Pittsburgh (X) (38)
  • Carolina (X) (31)
  • New Jersey (X) (31)
  • Rangers (28)
  • Islanders (25)
  • Flyers (25)
  • Blue Jackets (25)
  • Capitals (21)
X indicates guaranteed playoff spot.

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The NHL Board of Governors has approved realignment that will go into place next season.

The league will stay in two conferences and have two divisions within each conference.

There will be 14 teams in the Western Conference and 16 teams in the Eastern Conference.

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According to Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press, the NHL board of governors will vote tomorrow, via fax, on realignment.

Laweless says that the Atlantic Division and Pacific Division will keep their names, but the second Western Conference division will be called the Central and the other Eastern Conference division will have a new name.

Last week the NHLPA gave their consent to realignment.

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The Nets enter play tonight trailing the New York Knicks by three games in the Atlantic Division.

That lead has fluctuated all season, but it seems Brooklyn will finally have its chance to catch its crosstown rival.

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The NHLPA has given it's consent to go forward with the NHL proposed realignment.

The NHL will stay in two conferences, East and West, but break into two divisions per conference starting next season.

The Rangers division will include the Islanders, Penguins, Flyers, Devils, Hurricanes, Capitals and Blue Jackets.

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Deron Williams' health, or lack thereof, has been a major story all season long. Since the All-Star break, though, Williams has looked much better. He's a bit more explosive and is scoring 21.7 points per game, post-break, as opposed to 16.7 points per game, pre-break.

Fortunately, according to Williams, he's feeling much better.

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The proposed realignment for the NHL would have the Rangers stay with their Atlantic Division rivals but also add Columbus, Washington and Carolina.

At ESPNNY, Martin Biron and Brad Richards were asked about realignment and both said that not much changes for the Rangers and that being where the Rangers are, the travel is pretty easy.

The reported schedule break down would include five games each against two teams in the Rangers division and they would play the other four teams in the division four times each.

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12:03PM: Kypreos says that the Players will have the chance to re-open the realignment discussion if/when the NHL relocates or expands.

11:55AM: According to Nick Kypreos, the NHL and NHLPA will soon announce that a deal for realignment will soon be announced.

THIS SECTION is all about realignment.

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According to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com, the NHL and NHLPA have been working very closely on putting together a new plan for realignment.

While specific details aren't known, LeBrun says that it is believed that the new plan will be similar to the plan that the NHLPA rejected.

In the rejected plan the NHL ditched divisions and broke the league out into four conferences.

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According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, the NHL and NHLPA are planning to meet soon to discuss realignment for the 2013-14 season.

Realignment was voted on last year by the Board of Governors but voted down by the NHLPA because, as Don Fehr notes in the Post, there were concerns about travel and the disadvantage that teams playing in the eight team conferences would have in making the playoffs.

Fehr says that the NHLPA is willing to work with the NHL on realignment as long as the NHL provides the necessary information to go along with their proposal.

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Jim Mancari, SNYNets.com

With Monday?s win over the Knicks, the Brooklyn Nets hit the official halfway point in their inaugural season.

The team sits at 25-16?nine games over the .500 mark?and just one game behind the Knicks for the lead in the Atlantic Division.

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Jim Mancari, SNYNets.com

With just over one fourth of the 2012-2013 NBA season complete, the Brooklyn Nets sit at 13-10 ? good enough for second place in the Atlantic Division and fifth place overall in the Eastern Conference.

Not bad for a team that owned a 58-172 record the previous three seasons.

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Fourth Quarter:

- Alfred Morris is running like a man possessed after his fumble in the redzone.

- Missed tackles by the defense and precise throws by RGIII are carving apart this Giants defense. The Redskins amke it look easy and capture the lead with their first drive of the 4th quarter.

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Fourth Quarter:

- Nicks and Manning showing that they can consistently connect on these timing routes.

- Tynes 4th field goal of the game gives the Giants the lead once again. The defense must shoulder the load and stop this Cowboys offense which seems to be clicking on all cylinders.

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The NFC East is once again one of the toughest divisions in the NFL, and based on the talent level of the teams, it should be even be better.

Only the Redskins are under .500, and even they?ve shown positive signs of being a tough team. Just look at this Sunday?s game against the Giants, in which Eli Manning needed a late fourth quarter comeback to get the win.

As it stands, the Giants are 5-2 and hold a 1.5-game lead in the division, though they have not yet had their bye. The Eagles and Cowboys both check in at 3-3, and the Redskins are 3-4.

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At ESPN Insider, Craig Custance writes that the NHL and the players still need to agree on a new plan for divisional realignment after the players voted down the proposal that the owners agreed to.

That proposal saw the Rangers in a division in with the Islanders, Devils, Flyers, Penguins, Hurricanes and Capitals.

Custance spoke with a player who said "Those New York teams, geez, they'd never have to leave their time zone pretty much ever. I like the idea of everybody playing each other twice. That part is cool; you want to see every team and go to every team's building. But we're the ones who have to do it. We should have a little input."

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It was announced on Friday that the proposed realignment for next season would not happen because the NHLPA had not given it's consent to the league by their deadline.

Brandon Dubinsky told the Daily News why the players didn't support the realignment proposal:

?Teams in the West were unhappy because they felt they had the poorest chance of making the playoffs, and absolutely mathematically there was, versus us out here in the East. There?s teams in our (proposed) conference that were upset ... We felt like our conference was stronger than another team?s conference, and it shouldn?t be fair that Washington, us, Jersey, Pittsburgh and Philly are all in the same division. Only one of us has the opportunity to get to the conference finals??
The divisions will stay the same for next season.

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