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Monday, December 5, 2011
Four-conference realignment plan

By ESPN.com

The NHL's board of governors approved a four-conference realignment plan Monday, creating two seven-team conferences and two eight-team conferences.

Under the format, every team would play every other team outside its conference twice -- once home, once away. Every team also would play every other team in its conference either five or six times.

The first two rounds of the playoffs will be played within the conferences, and the four conference winners will advance to play off for the Stanley Cup.

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