NHL fans tired of seeing the same divisional teams over and over again will likely welcome the latest plan to re-align the league’s 30 teams. The league’s Board of Governors approved the new 4-division format today and we will see the new divisions come into effect next season. Each team will play in all 30 cities at least once, so fans will get to see inter-conference play that was omitted from this season.
The new alignment will place 16 teams in the Eastern Conference and 14 in the Western Conference. Post-season play will still include 16 teams, eight from each conference with wild-card provisions in place.
The new divisions have yet to be named, but will consist of the following teams: