The NHL's Board of Governors voted today on a radical new realignment plan and details are trickling in by the minute. Here's what we know: the East and West will each feature two conferences and the Blackhawks will remain paired with their long-time rival, the Detroit Red Wings, in the new-look West. Check out this really cool map cooked up by the geniuses over at the SB Nation to get a good visual depiction of how all of this will work.
Our own Travis Hughes has the up-to-the-second info on how the new NHL playoff format will work.
- As we mentioned, the top four teams in each conference will advance to the postseason.
- From that point, the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be intra-conference.
- There will be four conference champions, each of whom will advance to a final four.
- The four teams will be reseeded based on regular season results, with No. 1 playing No. 4 and No. 2 playing No. 3. The winners will meet in the Stanley Cup Final.