Regular Season Scheduling
Each club will play 82 regular-season games made up of six games against its four Division rivals (24 total), four games against each of the 10 non-division clubs in its Conference (40 total) and 18 interconference games.
Playoff Seeding Determination
Sixteen teams qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs: eight teams from the Western Conference and eight teams from the Eastern Conference.
The eight playoff berths in each conference are awarded to the firstplace team in each of the conference’s three divisions, as well as to the next five best teams based on regular-season point total. The three division winners are seeded first through third in each conference, in order of points, and the remaining five teams are seeded fourth through eigth, also in order of points.
Home-ice advantage (games 1,2,5,7 played at team’s home venue) is awarded to the top four seeds in each conference. In each ensuing round, the remaining teams are re-seeded according to the same criteria by which they were seeded for the first round, and home-ice advantage for the Stanley Cup is determined by point total.
If two or more clubs are tied in points during the regular season, the standing of the clubs is determined in the following order:
Reading The Standings:
Teams receive 2 points for a win (W), one point for an overtime loss (OT) and no points for a regulation loss (L). As an example a team with a record of 32-24-8 has earned 72 points [(2x32=64) + 8].
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