1995-1996 Standings

EasternDIV GP W L T P GF GA Diff Home Away L10 Streak
1Philadelphia FlyersATL82452413103282208+7427-9-518-15-88-2-0Won 3
2Pittsburgh PenguinsNE8249294102362284+7832-9-017-20-46-4-0Lost 1
3New York RangersATL8241271496272237+3522-10-919-17-54-6-0Lost 5
4Florida PanthersATL8241311092254234+2025-12-416-19-63-6-1Won 1
5Boston BruinsNE8240311191282269+1322-14-518-17-66-1-2Won 1
6Montréal CanadiensNE8240321090265248+1723-12-617-20-44-3-2Tied 1
7Washington CapitalsATL8239321189234204+3021-15-518-17-66-3-1Lost 2
8Tampa Bay LightningATL8238321288238248-1022-14-516-18-75-4-1Lost 1
9New Jersey DevilsATL8237331286215202+1322-17-215-16-104-5-1Lost 1
10Hartford WhalersNE823439977237259-2222-15-412-24-54-5-0Lost 1
11Buffalo SabresNE823342773247262-1519-17-514-25-25-4-0Won 3
12New York IslandersATL8222501054229315-8614-21-68-29-42-6-2Tied 2
13Ottawa SenatorsNE821859541191291-1008-28-510-31-03-6-1Won 1
WesternDIV GP W L T P GF GA Diff Home Away L10 Streak
1p - Detroit Red WingsCEN8262137131325181+14436-3-226-10-57-1-2Won 4
2Colorado AvalanchePAC82472510104326240+8624-10-723-15-36-3-0Lost 1
3Chicago BlackhawksCEN8240281494273220+5322-13-618-15-83-4-3Tied 1
4Toronto Maple LeafsCEN8234361280247252-519-15-715-21-56-3-0Won 1
5St. Louis BluesCEN8232341680219248-2915-17-917-17-71-5-4Tied 1
6Calgary FlamesPAC8234371179241240+118-18-516-19-64-5-0Lost 1
7Vancouver CanucksPAC8232351579278278E15-19-717-16-85-5-0Won 1
8Winnipeg Jets (1979)CEN823640678275291-1622-16-314-24-36-3-1Lost 1
9Anaheim DucksPAC823539878234247-1322-15-413-24-46-3-1Won 2
10Edmonton OilersPAC823044868240304-6415-21-515-23-33-6-1Lost 5
11Dallas StarsCEN8226421466227280-5314-18-912-24-53-6-1Lost 2
12Los Angeles KingsPAC8224401866256302-4616-16-98-24-93-4-3Won 1
13San Jose SharksPAC822055747252357-10512-26-38-29-44-6-0Lost 4
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

You've got to focus on playing good hockey. When we do that we give ourselves a chance to win games. Win games and then maybe we''ll have a chance at the end. You can't worry about something like (the division title) when we're not playing our best hockey down the stretch. We'll figure things out together the way we always do and get back on the right page.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews after loss to Flyers on Wednesday left them five points out of first place in Central Division
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