Realigning the NHL the Right Way

My final proposal is just a little too late. And it’s too bad, because I went all “Howard Hughes” obsessive with it and made it into more of an infographic — and the Scheduling Pods and Scheduling Quads concept was so cool… oh well.

In both phases of this two phase plan:

Chicago fans can now calm down as I’ve put the Wings back in your conference.

Wings fans, please put down the pitchforks. In phase two of the plan, your team only has to play nine road games per season in the Mountain or Pacific Time Zones… and you get to play the Leafs and the Rangers four times each during the regular season… and the Habs and Bruins twice each, rounding out the Original Six.

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Two Step NHL Realignment

Two Step NHL Realignment



NHL Realignment Project – Week 11


NHL Realignment Project Week 11

Week 11 – Take me out to the ballgame… err, puck match? (The MLB Map)

This week, we go wacky again. This map is inspired by Major League Baseball’s alignment. With that in mind, we divide our NHL into two leagues (Campbell and Wales) each of which is divided into East, Central, and West divisions.

NHL Realignment Map Week Eleven

NHL Realignment Map-Week Eleven


Gained teams:


Lost teams:



• Travel — Pretty equitable travel across the league.

That’s about it. It’s mostly all negatives in my opinion. Almost all current divisional rivalries are lost. This was more of an experiment than a realistic solution.


(H/T to for the original map)


See everyone next week!

— TF

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