32 teams, 4 divisions in each conference like the NFL, 82 game season. Western Conference: San Jose Los Angeles Anaheim Phoenix Edmonton Calgary Vancouver WINNIPEG (Expansion) Dallas Colorado St. Louis KANSAS CITY (Expansion) Minnesota Detroit Chicago Columbus Eastern Conference: Montreal Ottawa Toronto HAMILTON (Relocation from Nashville) Buffalo Philadelphia Pittsburgh Washington Boston NY Rangers NY Islanders New Jersey Carolina Atlanta Tampa Bay Florida 6 games against each team within the division (18 games), 4 games against other teams in the conference (48 games), 1 interconference game alternating location each season (1 games). Grand total of 82 games. 8 teams per conference make the playoffs and 4 division winners get home ice in the 1st round. Comments...?