The new conference realignment plan, which was approved by the NHL about a month ago, has drawn mixed reactions. But, whether you love it or hate it, big changes are coming.
The new plan calls for four conferences, tentatively named A, B, C and D—two of which have eight teams and two of which have seven.
The Top 4 teams from each conference make the playoffs each year and play within those four teams until a "Final Four" of sorts is reached.
These changes got me wondering how the playoffs would look if this plan, which may be implemented as soon as next season, was in place this year. Here's how they would finish if the season ended today.