It took the NHL board of govenors an hour to discuss and approve league re-alignment where there will be four conferences and no divisions. As posted yesterday, here’s what the new Conferences will look like:
Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, San Jose, Los Angelas, Anaheim, Colorado, Phoenix
Winnipeg, Nashville, Minnesota, Chicago, Detroit, Columbus, Dallas, St. Louis
Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Buffalo, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Florida
New York Islander, New York Ranger, New Jersey, Pittsburg, Philadelphia, Washington, Carolina
Teams will play a heavily weighted schedule within their own conference and then have home and away games against the rest of the teams in the league.
For the Canucks this means playing a lot more games in their own time zone as they will face LA, Anaheim, and San Jose up to 7 games a season. This year, the Canucks will only play 6 road games in their own time zone, the toughest road schedule in the NHL.