Board of Governors Approves Realignment
New York, NY (NNCNOW.com) --- The National Hockey League (NHL) Board of Governors on Thursday morning approved a realignment plan proposed last week, with the new system featuring a two-conference, four-division plan.
Minnesota will remain in the Western Conference, but the Wild will now play in the temporarily-named Division B along with Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Nashville, St. Louis, and Winnipeg.
Right now the divisions are being referred to as A, B, C, and D. Permanent names will be assigned to each division at a later date.
The top three teams in each division will make the playoffs, with the remaining four wild card spots going to the next two highest finishers in each conference.
Below are listed the entire realignment plan accepted by the Board, with Detroit and Columbus moving to the Easter Conference while Winnipeg slides to the Western Conference.
WESTERN CONFERENCE --- DIVISION AAnaheim DucksCalgary FlamesEdmonton OilersLos Angeles KingsPhoenix CoyotesSan Jose SharksVancouver Canucks
WESTERN CONFERENCE --- DIVISION BChicago BlackhawksColorado AvalancheDallas StarsMinnesota WildNashville PredatorsSt. Louis BluesWinnipeg Jets
EASTERN CONFERENCE --- DIVISION CBoston BruinsBuffalo SabresDetroit Red WingsFlorida PanthersMontreal CanadiensOttawa SenatorsTampa Bay LightningToronto Maple Leafs
EASTERN CONFERENCE --- DIVISION DColumbus Blue JacketsCarolina HurricanesNew Jersey DevilsNew York IslandersNew York RangersPhiladelphia FlyersPittsburgh PenguinsWashington Capitals
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