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Realignment and the Olympic break made for some challenges with the 2013-14 NHL schedule that was released Friday. There are four divisions instead of six, complete with new names and a different balance of games, and time off from Feb. 9-26 to let players go to Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympics. "We wanted to make the schedule as normal as it could be," deputy commissioner Bill Daly said on Sirius XM NHL Network Radio. "With 17 days in the middle ... thats sometimes tough to do." The season begins with the Montreal Canadiens hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs Oct. 1. Later that night the Chicago Blackhawks raise their Stanley Cup champions banner against the Washington Capitals, and the Winnipeg Jets visit the Edmonton Oilers. It marks the first time since 2008 that the defending champion will open the regular season against a team out of its conference. The Detroit Red Wings raised their banner that year against the Maple Leafs. The Calgary Flames open Oct. 3 at the Capitals, the Vancouver Canucks Oct. 3 at the San Jose Sharks and the Ottawa Senators Oct. 4 at the Buffalo Sabres. Vancouver at San Jose and Ottawa at Buffalo are division-rivalry games within the NHLs new alignment that includes the Metropolitan, Atlantic, Central and Pacific Divisions. The Eastern Conference has 16 teams and the West 14, leading to some imbalance in how the schedule is put together. The Metropolitan is made up of the Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets. The Atlantic has the Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Senators, Sabres, Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning. The Central has the Jets, Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues. The Pacific has the Canucks, Flames, Oilers, Sharks, Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes and Anaheim Ducks. Daly said much debate went into naming the divisions, including consultation with teams. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby learned about the Metropolitan Division moniker on a conference call with reporters Friday. "I dont know what to think," Crosby said. "I like the Atlantic, Im from Atlantic Canada. It kind of had a good feel to it, but I can deal with Metropolitan Division. Its going to take some time to get used to, but I can live with that." Players will also have to live with some more back-to-back games because the Olympic break compacts the schedule. "You find out pretty quickly that an Olympic-year schedule is a little more condensed and a little more intense than a typical year," Crosby said. "You have to take advantage of your days off because it is condensed." Daly called it a "fairly normal schedule with fairly normal density." But another challenge exists for those going to Sochi, where Crosby said "every game is like a Game 7." "Then obviously coming back from that, too, you basically go from being at that level of intensity to regular-season games," he said. "Regular-season games are always easy to get up for, but theres definitely a period of time where you come back and youve played those intense games, youve got to find a way to keep going and maintain that same level through the rest of the season and hopefully the playoffs." Former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will make his return to Ottawa on Dec. 1 when the Red Wings visit the renamed Canadian Tire Centre. As previously announced, the Maple Leafs and Red Wings will play the Winter Classic Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. Four other outdoor games will take place as part of the NHLs Stadium Series. And the Heritage Classic returns, as Vancouver hosts Ottawa at B.C Place on March 2. The regular season concludes Sunday, April 13. 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Wholesale Cheap Jordan 11 . -- Its been a long road back for Sean Bergenheim. Pakistan deserve to be rated the No. 1 Test side, according to their captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, in recognition of their success despite being unable to play any games at home.Pakistan won the final Test against England at The Oval to square the series 2-2. It means that, should Sri Lanka defeat Australia by a margin of 2-0 (or better) and West Indies draw the Port of Spain Test, Pakistan would claim the No.1 spot for the first time since the official rankings were introduced in 2003. Their highest placing to date is second, which they achieved following the series win over England in the UAE at the end of 2015.Misbah believes that, for a side obliged to host its home series in the UAE due to concerns over the security situation in Pakistan since 2009, that is a remarkable record.This team deserves that for six years of not playing any games at home, Misbah said. Sometimes people think its really easy for us playing in the UAE. They think the wickets suit us and we win there.But just living every day away from your country, without your family and friends, and playing every game away from Pakistan, is really difficult. Its mentally tough.I can only see my mother once a year. I only see my sister once a year. Some of my friends, I could not see for three or four years because of these commitments. We are out of the country all the time. There are a lot of tours and even our home series are in the UAE. We go from West Indies to New Zealand to Australia. Its not easy.But still the team is winning. Still the team is playing competitive cricket. There were lots of questions before we came here about whether we could only play in Asian conditions, but we have shown that we are good enough to play even in these conditions. At one stage we were winning this series.Im really proud of this team and I think that, if we can be No. 1 after all these results, then we really deserve that.The key to Pakistans success was, according to Misbah, their self-belief. Despite a thumping loss at Manchester and a final-day collapse that cost them the Edgbaston Test, they showed admirable resilience to fight back at The Oval. And while he admitted that losing from an apparently strong position at Edgbaston still hurt,, he felt the final result was not a bad score.ddddddddddddI am happy with the character shown by the Pakistan team, Misbah said. After two defeats, they fought back in this game and won. This is pleasing for me. This team has character and stood up the occasion, fought hard and levelled the series. Winning this match means a lot.The important point is that you should keep believing as a team and individuals. These players have been playing for six years and they have performed in difficult situations. Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali and Younis Khan have played winning knocks under pressure and our bowling always stands out. We knew that, when the batsmen found form and we were able to combine our performances with the bat and the ball, we could do well. We had belief throughout the series.After the situation we were in after the third day at Edgbaston, I am a bit disappointed that the series is level. Losing from there is a little disappointing. But credit must be given to England.While recent Pakistan tours to England have sometimes ended in acrimony - the Oval Test of 2006 was awarded to England after Pakistan refused to return to the field after an interval following allegations of ball-tampering, while the 2010 series was overshadowed by the spot-fixing scandal - it was noticeable this time that supporters of both sides gave the Pakistan team a warm ovation as they completed a lap of honour around the boundary. It was, Misbah felt, a fitting celebration for a team and a nation making the anniversary of their Independence Day.Cricket matches are won and lost, Misbah said, but to win people and supporters, that is really important. This series has been played in good spirits. Both teams fought well and everyone will remember this series for the sort of cricket we played. There were no off-field issues. We are really happy to conclude the tour on a pleasing note. On and off the field we made friends.Keeping in mind it was Independence Day, it was something special to draw the series here after being 2-1 down. The way the team fought back... Im a really happy captain. China NFL Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Online Stitched Hockey Jerseys Wholesale Baseball Jerseys Football Jerseys Outlet College Jerseys For Sale Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys For Sale Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '