The new look NHL relies on geographical location taking under account the time zones where the groups are based. The league is split into two conferences, east and west, with two divisions per conference. New branches as follows:
Could they possibly have been imaginative? With the new look NHL they might have chosen branch names to honor hockey greats, events or landmarks in the past.
The new look NHL relies on geographical location taking under account the time zones where the groups are based. The league is split into two conferences, east and west, with two divisions per conference. The Pacific Division teams will be the Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, LA Kings, San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks. Western teams will play 29 matches in their own branch, 21 games against another branch and a home and home series versus all the 16 eastern conference teams (32 matches ) for a total of 82 games.
The Atlantic Division includes the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs. They’ll play 30 games in their own branch, 24 games versus another branch and 28 matches (1 home and 1 off per group ) against western opponents.
The top 3 teams in each division will make the playoffs. Four wild card places will be filled by another two highest placed finishers in each conference, according to regular-season points and regardless of branch. It’ll be possible for a single branch to send five teams into the postseason while another sends three.
First Round – The 1st place team with the highest seasonal point total will play the lowest point total wild card team and another 1st place team will play another wild card team.
Second Round – Here’s were it might find a little tricky. The winners in the first round play against each other in their division for the division championship. The issue is, it’s possible for 3 winners to be from the exact same division.
Again, both of these teams may be from the exact same division.
Fourth Round – Conference champions play for the Stanley Cup.
The new look NHL isn’t set in stone. The playoff format is on a 3 year trial period and it’ll be re-evaluated.
My Playoff Thought – All 16 teams making the playoffs are thrown in the same pool and seeded in accordance with their regular season point total. Ties decided the identical way as previously. In each round the maximum seed plays the smallest, second seed the next smallest and so on. The possible drawback, of course, could be that the last two teams standing are in exactly the exact same conference. This has the potential for inducing disinterest among fans of another conference.