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NHL Realignment for 2013/ 2014 season

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The 2013 / 2014 NHL realignment plan is now completed.

What is new:

  • Detroit and Columbus head east. Winnipegs heads west.
  • Top three teams with best record in each division gets playoff berths. Next two teams with best record in each division get wildcard playoff berths.

Why it was done:

The NHL went to a realigned format for geographic purposes and has decided to stick with geographic names for the four new divisions. Three of the four names are carryovers from the old six-division alignment, but the League added a new name to the mix.

Atlantic DivisionMetropolitan DivisionCentral DivisionPacific Division
DetroitNew JerseyDallasEdmonton
FloridaNew York RangersMinnesotaLos Angeles
MontrealNew York IslandersNashvillePhoenix
OttawaPhiladelphiaSt. LouisSan Jose
Tampa BayPittsburghWinnipegVancouver

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