The NHL has proposed a realignment to take effect for the 2013-14 season. Here is how the four divisions would shake out:
The playoff format would be as followed: The top three teams from each division would get playoff berths (for a total of six). The final two playoff spots would be Wild Cards and could come from either division from a given conference.
Some interesting notes, the change would leave the Chicago Blackhawks as the only Original Six team in the West as our Detroit Red Wings would move to the East and share a division with the Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadians and Toronto Maple Leafs.