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Now, for the first two rounds, it’s guaranteed to be the Penguins, Rangers, Devils, Flyers, Islanders or Hurricanes.

“These are teams that we already hate in the regular season. These are the teams that we like to go to Verizon Center and yell at the top of our lungs. There’s this animosity that we already have with these teams,” Hansen said.

“If we’re going to be in this kind of playoff format where we’re going to be playing the same teams possibly over and over the first round and second round year after year, I think these rivalries are probably going to intensify in a pretty serious way. It’s going to be fun to watch.”