A plan to switch back to the schedule the leagues used prior to the lockout, featuring six divisional games and 18 games against the other conference, received 19 of 30 votes. A two-thirds majority, or 20 votes, was needed to make the change.
The current unbalanced schedule came into effect after the lockout and features eight divisional games and only 10 games in total against the other conference.
Some teams are unhappy with that because it leaves Western Conference clubs with a more onerous travel schedule and prevents them from getting annual visits from Eastern Conference stars like Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin.
The schedule issue was also debated earlier this season during meetings in Florida, with no resolution.