NHL Eastern Conference Teams
The NHL Eastern Conference consists of 16 teams, divided into two divisions. Those divisions are called the Atlantic and Metropolitan Division.
Savvy NHL bettors are well aware of the NHL term called the “Original Six” and that term is used to define the group of six teams that first made up the NHL.
Five of the six teams from the “Original Six” are from the NHL Eastern Conference and they include the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Red Wings used to play in the Western Conference but as part of the NHL’s realignment, the club was moved to the Western Conference in the 2013-14 regular season.
NHL Western Conference Teams
Similar to the Eastern Conference, the NHL Western Conference has two divisions as well and they are called the Pacific and Central. The difference in the NHL Western Conference is that it only has 15 teams. The latest team to join the NHL was the Vegas Golden Knights, who entered the league in the 2017-18 season as a new franchise.
The NHL Western Conference features one team from the “Original Six” and that’s the Chicago Blackhawks.
The NHL Western Conference will get to 16 teams in the 2020-21 regular season when the league welcomes a future team from Seattle to the mix.