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 A
Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks
WESTERN CONFERENCE --- DIVISION B
St. Louis Blues
EASTERN CONFERENCE --- DIVISION C
Detroit Red Wings
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
EASTERN CONFERENCE --- DIVISION D
Columbus Blue Jackets
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
New York Rangers