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Mishkin's Musings: 56 games, division play and mini-series scheduling

Radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin breaks down some of the changes the Bolts will face in this unique season

by Dave Mishkin @DaveMishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

Welcome back, Lightning fans! Most of you already know that this NHL regular season will have some new wrinkles to it. Teams will play 56 games, instead of the usual 82. Clubs will compete exclusively within their own newly-formed divisions. And virtually all the contests will be played in blocks of two consecutive games between the same opponents. What will be the impact of these three changes?

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