The top three teams in each division earn berths in the playoffs. The next two teams in terms of total points in the conference, regardless of division, earn the wild-card spots. This provides a total of eight teams from each conference.
The top three teams in each division and two wild cards from each conference make the postseason, with standings calculated on points scored. The conference top seed plays the No. 2 wild card and the No. 2 seed plays the No. 1 wild card. The second-place team in each division hosts the third-place division team.
The NHL realigned into a four-division, two-conference system for the 2013–14 season. Under the postseason system from 2014 to 2019, the top three teams in each division make the playoffs, with two wild-cards in each conference (for a total of eight playoff teams from each conference).
The structure of the playoffs is as follows: The playoff format has the team with the most points taking on the second Wild Card team in the opening round in each conference. The division winner with the second-most points will face off with the top Wild Card team. Each series will be in a best-of-seven format.
The NHL postseason begins on Monday, May 2. In the first round, the lower-seeded wild card team faces off against the division winner with the best record. The other wild card team takes on the other division winner. The second and third place teams from the divisions battle it out in the other playoff matchups.
Seeding format, round-robin tiebreakers also announced. All series in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs will be best-of-7 and will be set based on seeding, the NHL announced June 4.
The Stanley Cup First Round will consist of eight best-of-7 series.
It will be the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Minnesota Wild, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars, and Nashville Predators in the Western Conference.
Only the Avalanche, Flames, Wild, Blues and Oilers are guaranteed to make the postseason. The Kings, Predators and Stars make up the final three places for now, but the Golden Knights and Canucks are still hoping to find a way into the postseason. Here is everything you need to know ahead of the 2022 NHL playoffs.
Bracket-based tournament with wild cards decides champion
As has been the case since 1979-80, 16 teams will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The format now is a set bracket that is largely division-based with wild cards. The top three teams in each division will make up the first 12 teams in the playoffs.
The playoffs have 4 rounds. Each round is a best-of-seven series. This means up to seven games are played until one team wins 4 of the games. The first three rounds decide which team from each conference will move on to the last round.
Slumping Vegas Golden Knights officially eliminated, will miss Stanley Cup Playoffs for first time.
Full season of Eichel, healthy roster reasons for optimism in 2021-22. The Vegas Golden Knights failed to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since joining the NHL as an expansion team in 2017-18. Vegas (42-31-8) was eliminated from contention with a 4-3 shootout loss at the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday ...
2022 playoff matchups
That meant the Capitals will face the Panthers. The Hurricanes, who won the Metropolitan Division, face the Bruins, whose loss to the Maple Leafs meant they could not pass the Lightning for the third spot in the Atlantic. The Lightning square off against the Maple Leafs in the first round.
After various periods of expansion and reorganization, the NHL now consists of 32 teams in two conferences and four divisions.
The average postseason is made up of 86 games over a span of 57 days.
Competition procedure. A regular game consists of three 20-minute periods, with a 15-minute intermission after the first and second periods. Teams change ends for each period. If a tie occurs in a medal-round game, a five-minute sudden-victory overtime period is played.
2020-21: The NHL announces that the Stanley Cup Playoffs will feature 16 teams in the traditional best-of-seven, four-round format. The top four teams in each division will qualify for the postseason, with intradivisional play in the first two rounds (#1 vs.
Though estimates vary, experts unanimously agree the Cup is the most valuable trophy in American sports, and one estimate suggests a value of over $23,000.
There will be four rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs – including the First Round, the Second Round, the Conference Championships/Semifinals and the Stanley Cup Final. Each series in all rounds will be a best-of-seven series.