1985-1986 Standings

Clarence CampbellDIV GP W L T P GF GA Diff L10 Streak
1p - Edmonton OilersSMY8056177119426310+1160-0-0
2Calgary FlamesSMY804031989354315+390-0-0
3Chicago BlackhawksNRS803933886351349+20-0-0
4Minnesota North StarsNRS803833985327305+220-0-0
5St. Louis BluesNRS803734983302291+110-0-0
6Vancouver CanucksSMY8023441359282333-510-0-0
7Winnipeg Jets (1979)SMY802647759295372-770-0-0
8Toronto Maple LeafsNRS802548757311386-750-0-0
9Los Angeles KingsSMY802349854284389-1050-0-0
10Detroit Red WingsNRS801757640266415-1490-0-0
Prince of WalesDIV GP W L T P GF GA Diff L10 Streak
1Philadelphia FlyersPTK8053234110335241+940-0-0
2Washington CapitalsPTK8050237107315272+430-0-0
3New York IslandersPTK8039291290327284+430-0-0
4Quebec NordiquesADM804331692330289+410-0-0
5Boston BruinsADM8037311286311288+230-0-0
6Montréal CanadiensADM804033787330280+500-0-0
7Hartford WhalersADM804036484332302+300-0-0
8Buffalo SabresADM803737680296291+50-0-0
9New York RangersPTK803638678280276+40-0-0
10Pittsburgh PenguinsPTK803438876313305+80-0-0
11New Jersey DevilsPTK802849359300374-740-0-0
Playoff Format
16 teams will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The format 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 remaining four spots will be filled by the next two highest-placed finishers in each conference, based on regular-season record and regardless of division. It is possible for one division in each conference to send five teams to the postseason while the other sends just three.

In the First Round, the division winner with the best record in each conference will be matched against the wild-card team with the lesser record; the wild card team with the better record will play the other division winner.

The teams finishing second and third in each division will meet in the First Round within the bracket headed by their respective division winners. First-round winners within each bracket play one another in the Second Round to determine the four participants in the Conference Finals.

Home-ice advantage through the first two rounds goes to the team that placed higher in the regular-season standings. In the Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final, home-ice advantage goes to the team that had the better regular-season record -- regardless of the teams' final standing in their respective divisions.
X - Clinched Playoff spot
Y - Clinched Division
Z - Clinched Conference
P - Clinched Presidents Trophy
GP - Games Played
W - Wins (worth two points)
L - Losses (worth zero points)
OT - OT/Shootout losses (worth one point)
PTS - Points
ROW - Total number of Regulation plus Overtime Wins (used in 2nd tiebreaker at right)
GF - Goals For
GA - Goals Against
DIFF - Goal Differential
HOME - Home record
AWAY - Away record
S/O - Record in games decided by Shootout
L10 - Record in last ten games
STREAK - Number of consecutive wins, regulation losses, or OT/SO losses.
Tie-Breaking procedure
If two or more clubs are tied in points during the regular season, the standing of the clubs is determined in the following order:

  • The fewer number of games played (i.e., superior points percentage).
  • The greater number of games won, excluding games won in the Shootout. This figure is reflected in the ROW column.
  • The greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs. If two clubs are tied, and have not played an equal number of home games against each other, points earned in the first game played in the city that had the extra game shall not be included. If more than two clubs are tied, the higher percentage of available points earned in games among those clubs, and not including any "odd" games, shall be used to determine the standing.
  • The greater differential between goals for and against for the entire regular season. NOTE: In standings a victory in a shootout counts as one goal for, while a shootout loss counts as one goal against.
Quote of the Day

For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.

— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday
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