Skip to content

Report: Proposed playoff system has four wildcard teams

Feb 26, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final – Game Six Getty Images

In an attempt to address the issue of fairness, the NHL has proposed a new playoff system for next season’s realigned league.

Per TSN’s Bob McKenzie:

—- The top three teams in the two eight-team “Eastern” conferences would make the playoffs, with two wildcard teams from the remaining 10 teams qualifying as well.

—- The top three teams in the two seven-team “Western” conferences would make the playoffs, with two wildcard teams from the remaining eight teams qualifying as well.

Neither the NHLPA or the Board of Governors has signed off on the proposal, and whether the proposed system adequately addresses the fairness issue is debatable. After all, there will still be fewer teams for those in the seven-team conferences to beat out for a postseason spot.

Proposed realignment:

“Eastern Side”

Conference 1

Carolina
Columbus
New Jersey
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Philadelphia
Pittsburgh
Washington

Conference 2

Boston
Buffalo
Detroit
Florida
Montreal
Ottawa
Tampa Bay
Toronto

“Western Side”

Conference 3

Chicago
Colorado
Dallas
Minnesota
Nashville
St. Louis
Winnipeg

Conference 4

Anaheim
Calgary
Edmonton
Los Angeles
Phoenix
San Jose
Vancouver

Latest Posts
  1. Poll: Who will replace Hartnell on Philly’s first line?

    Aug 20, 2014, 6:45 PM EDT

    Brayden Schenn Getty Images

    Giroux and Voracek will need someone new to run with them.

  2. Captain no more: Sharks strip Thornton of ‘C’

    Aug 20, 2014, 5:46 PM EDT

    Joe Thornton Getty Images

    Patrick Marleau can coach him through it.

  3. Tank defense: NHL changes up Draft Lottery format

    Aug 20, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT

    Bill Daly lottery Getty Images

    It’s not as good to be the worst anymore.

  4. Under Pressure: Steve Mason

    Aug 20, 2014, 1:55 PM EDT

    stevemasongetty Getty Images

    How will he handle the weight of expectation?

  5. After ‘humbling summer,’ Del Zotto aims to bolster Flyers’ D

    Aug 20, 2014, 12:23 PM EDT

    Michael Del Zotto Getty Images

    “I’m confident in myself and confident I can get back to where I used to be.”

  6. Rangers win Kevin Hayes sweepstakes

    Aug 20, 2014, 11:18 AM EDT

    Kevin Hayes Getty Images

    He’ll be reunited with former Boston College teammate Chris Kreider in New York.

  7. Looking to make the leap: Shayne Gostisbehere

    Aug 20, 2014, 11:05 AM EDT

    Shayne Gostisbehere Getty Images

    The college star could push to make Philly’s blue line right away.

  8. NHL concussion lawsuits to be consolidated

    Aug 20, 2014, 10:01 AM EDT

    Gary Bettman, Bill Daly AP

    And assigned to a U.S. District Judge in Minnesota.

  9. It’s Philadelphia Flyers Day at PHT

    Aug 20, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Jakub Voracek,  Vincent Lecavalier , Claude Giroux AP

    They hope to improve on their first round loss to the Rangers.

  10. Sens’ Karlsson will accept captaincy if offered

    Aug 19, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

    Erik Karlsson AP

    He’s not going out of his way for it, however.

  11. Fanspeak: Messier voted greatest Ranger in franchise history

    Aug 19, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

    Mark Messier Getty Images

    You earn a lot of votes winning a Stanley Cup.

  12. Under pressure: Rick Nash

    Aug 19, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

    Rick Nash Getty Images

    He had a down season and worse playoffs last year.

  13. Looking to make the leap: J.T. Miller

    Aug 19, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT

    JT MIller

    Can the former 15th overall pick establish himself as a full-time NHLer?

Top 10 NHL Player Searches