The National Hockey League's Board of Governors has approved realignment and a division-based format for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, effective for the 2013-14 season. The realignment plan creates two eight-team divisions in the Eastern Conference and two seven-team divisions in the Western Conference. The names of the divisions will be formalized at a later date.
The new alignment will place several clubs (Winnipeg, Detroit and Columbus) in more geographically appropriate groupings and will intensify already-fierce rivalries throughout the League.
The new scheduling matrix will ensure that all 30 teams play in all 30 arenas at least once a season.
WESTERN CONFERENCE EASTERN CONFERENCE
Division A Division B Division C Division D
Anaheim Chicago Boston Carolina
Calgary Colorado Buffalo Columbus
Edmonton Dallas Detroit New Jersey
Los Angeles Minnesota Florida NY Islanders
Phoenix Nashville Montreal NY Rangers
San Jose St. Louis Ottawa Philadelphia
Vancouver Winnipeg Tampa Bay Pittsburgh