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NHL’s much-maligned unbalanced schedule has likely seen its last season

The league’s board of governors has agreed it’s time for a change, setting the stage for a vote in late November that will bring in a new format. It will see teams face off at least once against every single team in the league starting in 2008-09.

The current format has been in existence since the lockout ended and has ignited much debate among owners.

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It features eight games versus each divisional opponent and only 10 games against non-conference opponents.

The vote at the next owners’ meeting will require two-thirds majority to pass.