Thread: Confirmed with Link: "Tentative" Realignment Standings
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02-27-2013, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Flames92 View Post
So according to TSN and other sports channels, the NHL has created a layout for the new standings that can be in effect by next season (if approved by all parties).

The Divisions are as follows:

Pacific Division:
  • Anaheim Ducks
  • Calgary Flames
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • Phoenix Coyotes
  • San Jose Sharks
  • Vancouver Canucks

Mid-West Division:
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Colorado Avalanche
  • Dallas Stars
  • Minnesota Wild
  • Nashville Predators
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Winnipeg Jets

Central Division:
  • Boston Bruins
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Florida Panthers
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Ottawa Senators
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Toronto Maple Leafs

Atlantic Division:
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • New Jersey Devils
  • NY Islanders
  • NY Rangers
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Washington Capitals

Its pretty odd that we have two divisions with 8 teams and 2 division with 7 teams but they are looking to expand to 32 teams so we could see some changes. These standings have not been confirmed yet but there's a good chance they will stay like this. Playoffs will have something along the lines of the 3 top teams of each division are guaranteed a playoff spot and the remaining spots will go to the teams with the most points from any division.. Its a little confusing but we should hear more on exactly how it will work. There will still be 16 teams in the playoffs.

Heres more on the playoffs from TSN: ( )

My question is how do you think the Flames will do under this new layout? I'm personally a little worried since there are some pretty tough teams in our division and we could end up at the bottom of the pack (assuming Anaheim doesn't lose Perry or Getzlaf or both and the Oilers stop losing regardless of how many 1st overall picks they get). What do you guys think? Is this beneficial to the Flames or worse?

Heres another link:
I like the realignment but not the playoff. I would prefer they keep the playoff picture the same where the top 8 from from the west and top 8 from east make the playoff.

Currently this is what is proposed

Western Conference

Pacific Division (top 4 teams make the playoff)
Mid-West Division (top 4 teams make the playoff)

Eastern Conference
Central Division (top 4 teams make the playoff)
Atlantic Division (top 4 teams make the playoff)

Which mean points would not mean much as a non-playoff teams could have more points than a team in the playoff. Second they want each division to find a champion so Pacific division champ will play Mid-West division champ and the winner goes to play against winner of Central Division Champ vs Atlantic Division Champ. I rather keep the system we have now for playoff as it is less confusing.

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