Realignment approved

A realignment plan has been approved and next year the league will have a new look.

The new alignment splits the western conference into divisions A and B and the Eastern confrence into divisions C and D

here’s a visual of the new set up:

divisions

teams

If you’re having trouble seeing that here’s a listing

Division A:  Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton, LA, Phoenix, San Jose, Vancouver

Division B: Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis, Winnipeg

Division C: Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Florida, Montreal, Ottowa, Tampa Bay, Toronto

Division D: Carolina, Colombus, New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington.

Most of these moves have time benefits for teams that will be joining either their time zone or an area that is easier for them to travel around.

The red wings will be moved into the eastern confrence and their own time zone

Winnipeg wil have an easier travel schedule in the West along with Dallas Colorado and Minnesota moving to places that will benefit their travel also.

Listed below will be the new scheduling format,  included in the press release:
Western Conference (7-Team Divisions)Within Conference (Division): 29 games
  • 5 games vs. five teams (3 Home/2 Away vs. two teams, 2 Home/3 Away vs. three teams) AND 4 games vs. one team (2 Home/2 Away). Teams rotated on a yearly basis.
  • 5 X 5 =25 games
  • 1 X 4 = 4 games
Within Conference (Non-Division): 21 games
  • 3 games vs. each team (2 Home/1 Away vs. four teams, 1 Home/2 Away vs. three teams). Teams rotated on a yearly basis.
  • 3 X 7 = 21 games
Non-Conference: 32 games
  • 2 games vs. each team (1 Home/1 Away)
  • 2 X 16 = 32 games
(Exception: one team from each division plays one less game inside Division and one more game inside Conference outside Division)Eastern Conference (8-Team Divisions)Within Conference (Division): 30 games

  • 5 games vs. two teams (3 Home/2 Away vs. one team, 2 Home/3 Away vs. one team) AND 4 games vs. five teams (2 Home/2 Away). Teams rotated on a yearly basis.
  • 5 X 2 =10 games
  • 4 X 5 = 20 games
Within Conference (Non-Division): 24 games
  • 3 games vs. each team (2 Home/1 Away vs. four teams, 1 Home/2 Away vs. four teams). Teams rotated on a yearly basis.
  • 3 X 8 = 24 games
Non-Conference: 28 games
  • 2 games vs. each team (1 Home/1 Away)
  • 2 X 14 = 28 games

Playoffs

In order to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the top three finishers in each Division will qualify for the first 12 spots in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and be the top three seeds in each division.

Two Wild Card spots will then be awarded to the next two teams with the highest point total. This means we could see up to five teams from any division make the playoffs.

The top team in the conference will face the lower of the two Wild Card teams. The other division winner will face the other Wild Card team. This leaves the 2 and 3 seeds within each division to face each other.

The playoffs will look like this:

  • 1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3 — winners play each other for berth in Conference Finals.
  • Conference Finals — Two advancing teams in the West and two advancing teams in the East meet in Conference Championship.
  • Eastern and Western Conference Champions will meet in Stanley Cup Final.
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2 thoughts on “Realignment approved

  1. I understand the teams are happy with this arrangement, and the travel benefits will help most teams. But I believe separating the east and west, in the playoffs, until the Stanley Cup final will result in an extremely lopsided cup series.

  2. The dumbest thing i see is the Division C, they spent time making sure some teams had an easier time traveling but then they group Florida in with all canadian teams. Not that FLorida would have a terrible time traveling up the coast, but to have a whole seperate Division between teams of the same division seems kinda dumb.

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