according to TSN. This the new four conference alignment that has been discussed in many sources One of the clear benefits of this plan is the decision that each team in the league will play a home and home with every other team. This means that all the star power of the NHL will be coming through every arena in the league, and is nothing but a good thing for the NHL.
In the four conference alignment, the Atlanta Thrashers moved west as the Winnipeg Jets. That leaves the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Central Division of the Western Conference with Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Dallas, Nashville, Minnesota and Winnipeg. The Central Division remains a murderer's row. The only consolation is that the rest of the league has to come through it too.
From the TSN Article:
In the playoffs, the plan is for the first two rounds to be within Division, 1 vs 4, 2 vs 3, with a total re-seeding done with the winners following the first two rounds.
The bottom line is that the CBJ need to learn to win within their Division. I'm not sure the road to the playoffs got any easier.