SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Eastern Conference will look the same for the Albany Devils during the 2013-14 season. On Thursday, the American Hockey League announced the divisional alignment and playoff format for the upcoming year.
The Devils remain in the Northeast Division along with Adirondack, Bridgeport, Hartford (formerly Connecticut) and Springfield.
Changes from last year’s alignment include Abbotsford moving to the renamed West Division, Iowa being placed in the Midwest Division and Utica being slotted in the North Division.
The Calder Cup Playoffs will have the same setup once April rolls around again. From the AHL press release: “Eight teams in each conference will qualify for the postseason, with the three division winners earning the top three seeds and the next five best teams in order of regular-season points seeded fourth through eighth. The conference quarterfinals will be best-of-five series; the conference semifinals, conference finals and Calder Cup Finals will be best-of-seven series. Teams will be re-ordered after the first round so that the highest-remaining seed plays the lowest-remaining seed.”
The league’s Board of Governors approved the divisional alignment and playoff format during the annual meeting in Hilton Head Island, SC.
The schedule is expected to be released later this summer.