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NHL proposes new realignment plan

The NHL is working on a realignment plan for next season that will consist of two conferences, with two divisions in each, according to TSN in Canada and ESPN reports Tuesday.

The plan remains tentative, although the NHL and the Players’ Association have been formulating the plan for three weeks.

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A proposed divisional playoff format would be the top three teams in each division, and the remaining four spots go to wild-card teams, the top two in each conference.

The Stanley Cup Finals remain Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference.

The proposal must be approved by the NHL Board of Governors.

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A look at the proposed divisions:

Eastern Conference

CENTRAL DIVISION

Boston

Buffalo

Detroit

Florida

Montreal

Ottawa

Tampa Bay

Toronto

ATLANTIC DIVISION

Carolina

Columbus

New Jersey

NY Islanders

NY Rangers

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

Washington

Western Conference

MIDWEST DIVISION

Chicago

Colorado

Dallas

Minnesota

Nashville

St. Louis

Winnipeg

PACIFIC DIVISION

Anaheim

Calgary

Edmonton

Los Angeles

Phoenix

San Jose

Vancouver

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