Monday, December 5, 2011
Four-conference realignment plan
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.