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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 33 20 10 3 110 87 43
2 DET 32 17 7 8 92 80 42
3 MTL 33 20 11 2 88 82 42
4 TOR 32 19 10 3 110 91 41
5 FLA 30 14 8 8 68 76 36
6 BOS 32 16 13 3 81 83 35
7 OTT 31 13 12 6 82 86 32
8 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 31 7 14 -12 21
K. Turris 31 6 15 -7 21
B. Ryan 28 7 12 2 19
C. MacArthur 30 9 8 -5 17
M. Zibanejad 29 8 7 -3 15
M. Stone 29 7 8 5 15
A. Chiasson 28 7 8 -6 15
M. Hoffman 28 8 6 10 14
D. Legwand 31 6 7 -4 13
C. Ceci 31 1 8 0 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 7 8 4 .929 2.45
R. Lehner 6 4 2 .913 2.84