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. San Jose Sharks ’15-16 Outlook

    Aug 28, 2015, 10:03 AM EDT

    Alex Stalock Getty Images

    It all comes down to goaltending.

  2. It’s San Jose Sharks Day at PHT

    Aug 28, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT

    Patrick Marleau Getty Images

    Their playoff streak ended after 10 straight appearances.

  3. Kings ink prospect Sharipzyanov to entry-level contract

    Aug 27, 2015, 10:00 PM EDT

    Damir Sharipzyanov Getty Images

    The defenseman had 34 points in 66 OHL games last season.

  4. Sabres interested in luring Franson

    Aug 27, 2015, 8:58 PM EDT

    Cody Franson Getty Images

    He might end up with a two-year deal.

  5. Ladd wants to re-sign before season starts

    Aug 27, 2015, 8:21 PM EDT

    Andrew Ladd Getty Images

    He’s entering the final season of his five-year, $22 million deal.

  6. AHL unveils schedule with California teams playing fewer games

    Aug 27, 2015, 6:48 PM EDT

    061315 comets mdd AP

    Playoff seeding will be determined by points percentage.

  7. Under pressure: Mike Johnston

    Aug 27, 2015, 4:25 PM EDT

    Mike Johnston Getty Images

    The Penguins are a win now team coming off of a quick first round exit.

  8. Pittsburgh’s biggest question: Is the defense good enough?

    Aug 27, 2015, 2:06 PM EDT

    St. Louis Blues v Pittsburgh Penguins Getty Images

    “I’m fully aware that at some point in time we may have to address that position.”

  9. Marty favor? Blues bringing Gomez to camp on PTO

    Aug 27, 2015, 12:17 PM EDT

    New Jersey Devils v Philadelphia Flyers Getty Images

    The two have a bit of a history, as you may recall…

  10. Poll: Will Kessel score 40?

    Aug 27, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Toronto Maple hold their post season media availibility and team President Brendan Shanahan holds a press conference to answer questions Getty Images

    It’s a benchmark he’s never hit before.

  11. Looking to make the leap: Derrick Pouliot

    Aug 27, 2015, 10:52 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Flyers v Pittsburgh Penguins Getty Images

    The 21-year-old looks like he’ll be counted upon heavily.

  12. Mike Richards charged with possession of controlled substance

    Aug 27, 2015, 9:48 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Kings v New York Rangers Getty Images

    For a border incident that occurred in mid-June.

  13. It’s Pittsburgh Penguins Day at PHT

    Aug 27, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT

    Sidney Crosby AP

    A first round exit has led to a busy summer.

  14. Devils’ continue summer of change with more personnel moves

    Aug 26, 2015, 9:32 PM EDT

    Patrick Rissmiller Getty Images

    Development coach Patrick Rissmiller is among New Jersey’s latest additions.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Kessel (1481)
  2. P. Kane (1329)
  3. S. Matthias (1227)
  4. M. Zuccarello (1144)
  5. D. Carcillo (1115)