Instead of the crap preseason the NHL does now, the NHL should playd a single-elimination tournament for like the Stanley Saucer or something. Seeding and brackets would be based off the previous year''s standings, and lower seeds would host the game. There'd be a day or two off between each game.
I'm undecided on whether or not the conferences should be seperate and meet at the final or be mixed the whole way.
Doing just the east, based on today's standings, here's how I see it playing out. I'm not biased at all.