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NHL approves new four-conference realignment

Panthers, Lightning to join Senators, Northeast teams in new seven-team grouping

Monday, 05.12.2011 / 10:02 PM / Features
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NHL approves new four-conference realignment

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — The National Hockey League Board of Governors tonight approved a four-conference alignment format and authorized Commissioner Gary Bettman to implement this proposal, pending input from the National Hockey League Players’ Association. The format would create two eight-team conferences and two seven-team conferences.

Under the format, every team would play every other team outside its conference twice — once home, once away.

In the seven-team conferences, teams would play six times — three home, three away. In the eight-team Conferences, teams would play either five or six times in a season on a rotating basis; three teams would play each other six times and four teams would play each other five times. This
process would reverse each season: An eight-team conference member that plays an opponent six times in one season would play it five times the following season.

The top four teams in each Conference qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs. The first-place team would play the fourth-place team; the second-place team would play the third-place team. The four respective conference champions would meet in the third round of the playoffs, with the survivors playing for the Stanley Cup.

The new conference format:

CONFERENCE A

Anaheim, Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose, Vancouver.

CONFERENCE B  

Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis, Winnipeg

CONFERENCE C

Boston, Buffalo, Florida, Montreal, OTTAWA, Tampa Bay, Toronto

CONFERENCE D

Carolina, New Jersey, N.Y. Islanders, N.Y. Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 49 32 14 3 130 111 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
5 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
6 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
7 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
8 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Ryan 45 14 23 7 37
E. Karlsson 48 12 23 -5 35
K. Turris 48 9 21 -8 30
M. Stone 46 12 16 10 28
M. Hoffman 45 17 9 18 26
M. Zibanejad 46 13 13 0 26
C. MacArthur 47 13 13 -9 26
D. Legwand 46 7 14 -2 21
A. Chiasson 44 8 10 -8 18
M. Michalek 44 7 9 -6 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 7 8 2 .903 3.14