NHL Wild in new division with Chicago, Dallas
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL announced Thursday that its board of governors approved a realignment plan that will go into effect next season. The new format will feature two eight-team divisions in the Eastern Conference, and two seven-team divisions in the West.
The NHL Players' Association had already signed off on the realignment format, which will be in place for at least three seasons.
Minnesota will join a division featuring Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Winnipeg, Nashville and St. Louis.
The switch also allows both Minnesota and Colorado to move from the Northwest Division and into a more centrally based division.
All teams will play each other both home and away at least once each season. And teams will play division rivals at least four times a season.
Division A: Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks
Division B: Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues, Winnipeg Jets
Division C: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs
Division D: Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals