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WELCOME TO THE NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD

A look at how the NHL's realignment shakes down, beginning next season:

 

WESTERN CONFERENCEEASTERN CONFERENCE

 

Division ADivision BDivision CDivision D

 

AnaheimChicagoBostonCarolina

CalgaryColoradoBuffaloColumbus

EdmontonDallasDetroitNew Jersey

Los AngelesMinnesotaFloridaNY Islanders

PhoenixNashvilleMontrealNY Rangers

San JoseSt. LouisOttawaPhiladelphia

VancouverWinnipegTampa BayPittsburgh

TorontoWashington

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

-- Winnipeg moves to the Western Conference; Columbus and Detroit to the Eastern Conference.

-- The new format ensures that all 30 teams play in all 30 arenas at least once a season.

 

REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE:

 

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.

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.

 

NON-CONFERENCE:

 

32 games: 2 games vs. each team

(1 home/1 away)

(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 four games vs. five teams (2 home/2 away). Teams rotated on a yearly basis.

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.

 

NON-CONFERENCE:

28 games: 2 games vs. each team

(1 home/1 away)

 

NEW STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF FORMAT

 

-- Top three finishers in each division qualify for the first 12 spots and the first three seeds in each division.

-- Two additional wild card spots will be awarded in each conference to the next two highest-placed finishers in each conference, ranked on the basis of regular-season points and regardless of division.

-- The first-place finisher with the highest number of regular-season points in the conference will be matched against the wild-card team with the lowest number of regular-season points, and the first-place finisher with the second-highest number of regular-season points in the conference matched against the wild-card team with the second-lowest number of regular-season points.

 

PLAYOFF MATCHUPS:

* No. 1 vs. No. 4 / No. 2 vs. No. 3 with the winners playing each other for a berth in conference championship

* 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.

-- Tait

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 15, 2013 C2

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