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The NHL will realign in 2013-14. Instead of two conferences with three divisions apiece, the NHL will play with two divisions in two conferences.
The NHL announced that realignment would take place prior to the end of the year, but when the league announced the 2013-14 schedule, it provided the names of the new divisions.
In the Eastern Conference, Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay and Toronto will comprise the Atlantic Division. Carolina, Columbus, New Jersey, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington will form the Metropolitan Division.
In the Western Conference, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis and Winnipeg form the Central Division. Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose and Vancouver make up the Pacific Division.
There are two fewer teams in the Western Conference. Detroit and Columbus moved to the Eastern Conference, while Winnipeg moved to the West.