Conference 1: Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Jose, Phoenix, Colorado, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton
Conference 2: Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Minnesota, Winnipeg, Columbus, Dallas and Nashville
Conference 3: Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Buffalo, Boston, Florida and Tampa Bay
Conference 4: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, NY Rangers, NY Islanders, New Jersey, Washington and Carolina
The top four teams in each Conference would qualify for the playoffs. The first-place team would play the fourth-place team; the second-place team would play the third-place team. The four respective Conference champions would meet in the third round of the Playoffs, with the survivors playing for the Stanley Cup.
The division winners would be re-seeded for the Conference Finals based on regular season points totals. This opens up the possibility that two teams that are currently in the same conference could conceivably play each other in the Stanley Cup Final.