Daily Cupcakes - December 6th, 2011



First up, a preview of the Avs - Canucks game.

Ryan O'Reilly scored twice, giving him four goals and three assists over his last three games after having only two assists in his previous seven contests combined.

"I don't think I've had this many points in a row,'' O'Reilly said. "My linemates make me look good.''

O'Reilly has a team-high 21 points, though Matt Duchene has struggled of late. He had an assist Sunday, but that was just his third point with no goals over his last six games.

The Avs (13-13-1) had gone 3-9-1 in their previous 13 games prior to their current streak, during which they've outscored their opponents 12-5.

And the interesting piece of news!

The National HockeyLeague will have a new look next season after the board of governors agreed to a new alignment on Monday which will see teams divided into four conferences.

The remaining teams in the current Northwest and Pacific divisions will merge into a new conference. It will feature Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Colorado, Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Jose and Phoenix.

The names of the new conferences haven’t been announced.

A new scheduling model will ensure every team visits all 29 other NHL markets at least once each season.

And Dater covers the new conferences in his All Things Avalanche.

I’m not in Pebble Beach covering any of this, but word has just come from the mouth of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman: The Avalanche will move to a new division next season.

The NHL next year will go to a four "conference" setup, with 16 teams in the, let’s call it "West" for now, and 14 in the "East."

What do you think of the announcement?!

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