04:51 PM ET 03.14 | The NHL Board of Governors approved the realignment plan proposed by the league on Thursday afternoon. This comes a week after the NHL Players??? Association approved the same plan, meaning that the proposal has officially passed. Under this new structure, the NHL will have two conferences composed of two divisions. The Conferences will remain as Eastern and Western, with two divisions in each. The Eastern Conference will 16 teams (eight in each division), while the Western Conference will have 14 teams (seven in each division). In addition, the league???s playoff format will change. Four wild card teams will be introduced. The top-three teams in each division will make the playoffs, plus the top-two non-playoff teams earning wild card spots.