1995-1996 Standings

Atlantic GP W L T P GF GA Diff Home Away L10 Streak
1Philadelphia Flyers82452413103282208+7427-9-518-15-88-2-0Won 3
2New York Rangers8241271496272237+3522-10-919-17-54-6-0Lost 5
3Florida Panthers8241311092254234+2025-12-416-19-63-6-1Won 1
4Tampa Bay Lightning8238321288238248-1022-14-516-18-75-4-1Lost 1
5Washington Capitals8239321189234204+3021-15-518-17-66-3-1Lost 2
6New York Islanders8222501054229315-8614-21-68-29-42-6-2Tied 2
7New Jersey Devils8237331286215202+1322-17-215-16-104-5-1Lost 1
Northeast GP W L T P GF GA Diff Home Away L10 Streak
1Pittsburgh Penguins8249294102362284+7832-9-017-20-46-4-0Lost 1
2Boston Bruins8240311191282269+1322-14-518-17-66-1-2Won 1
3Montréal Canadiens8240321090265248+1723-12-617-20-44-3-2Tied 1
4Buffalo Sabres823342773247262-1519-17-514-25-25-4-0Won 3
5Hartford Whalers823439977237259-2222-15-412-24-54-5-0Lost 1
6Ottawa Senators821859541191291-1008-28-510-31-03-6-1Won 1
Central GP W L T P GF GA Diff Home Away L10 Streak
1p - Detroit Red Wings8262137131325181+14436-3-226-10-57-1-2Won 4
2Winnipeg Jets (1979)823640678275291-1622-16-314-24-36-3-1Lost 1
3Chicago Blackhawks8240281494273220+5322-13-618-15-83-4-3Tied 1
4Toronto Maple Leafs8234361280247252-519-15-715-21-56-3-0Won 1
5Dallas Stars8226421466227280-5314-18-912-24-53-6-1Lost 2
6St. Louis Blues8232341680219248-2915-17-917-17-71-5-4Tied 1
Pacific GP W L T P GF GA Diff Home Away L10 Streak
1Colorado Avalanche82472510104326240+8624-10-723-15-36-3-0Lost 1
2Vancouver Canucks8232351579278278E15-19-717-16-85-5-0Won 1
3Los Angeles Kings8224401866256302-4616-16-98-24-93-4-3Won 1
4San Jose Sharks822055747252357-10512-26-38-29-44-6-0Lost 4
5Calgary Flames8234371179241240+118-18-516-19-64-5-0Lost 1
6Edmonton Oilers823044868240304-6415-21-515-23-33-6-1Lost 5
7Anaheim Ducks823539878234247-1322-15-413-24-46-3-1Won 2
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

It was a big dream. [Messi] is probably the best athlete out there, so it's a big honor, for [Kuznetzov] as well. It's maybe a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the best player in soccer right now. I'm a big Barcelona fan and Messi fan, so it's huge. You can take [Michael] Jordan, [Mark] Messier, [Wayne] Gretzky, those kinds of [people]. It's an honor to meet. It's nice to be in that position.

— Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin told told Monumental Network after meeting soccer star Lionel Messi prior to Argentina's practice at Fed Ex Field in Landover, Md. on Friday