The breakdown for the unnamed conferences would have been:
Anaheim, Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose and Vancouver.
Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis and Winnipeg.
Boston, Buffalo, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay and Toronto.
Carolina, New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington.
The top four teams in each conference would have made the playoffs and the first two postseason rounds would have been played within the conference, with the first-place team facing the fourth-place club and the second-place team playing the third-place team in the opening round.
The winners within the conference would then have battled each other in the second round and the four conference champions would have clashed in the third round, with the winners meeting in the Stanley Cup Finals.