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1995-1996 Standings

Eastern
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
4Washington Capitals8239321189234204+3021-15-518-17-66-3-1Lost 2
5Tampa Bay Lightning8238321288238248-1022-14-516-18-75-4-1Lost 1
6New Jersey Devils8237331286215202+1322-17-215-16-104-5-1Lost 1
7New York Islanders8222501054229315-8614-21-68-29-42-6-2Tied 2
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
4Hartford Whalers823439977237259-2222-15-412-24-54-5-0Lost 1
5Buffalo Sabres823342773247262-1519-17-514-25-25-4-0Won 3
6Ottawa Senators821859541191291-1008-28-510-31-03-6-1Won 1
Western
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
2Chicago Blackhawks8240281494273220+5322-13-618-15-83-4-3Tied 1
3Toronto Maple Leafs8234361280247252-519-15-715-21-56-3-0Won 1
4St. Louis Blues8232341680219248-2915-17-917-17-71-5-4Tied 1
5Winnipeg Jets (1979)823640678275291-1622-16-314-24-36-3-1Lost 1
6Dallas Stars8226421466227280-5314-18-912-24-53-6-1Lost 2
Pacific GP W L T P GF GA Diff Home Away L10 Streak
1Colorado Avalanche82472510104326240+8624-10-723-15-36-3-0Lost 1
2Calgary Flames8234371179241240+118-18-516-19-64-5-0Lost 1
3Vancouver Canucks8232351579278278E15-19-717-16-85-5-0Won 1
4Anaheim Ducks823539878234247-1322-15-413-24-46-3-1Won 2
5Edmonton Oilers823044868240304-6415-21-515-23-33-6-1Lost 5
6Los Angeles Kings8224401866256302-4616-16-98-24-93-4-3Won 1
7San Jose Sharks822055747252357-10512-26-38-29-44-6-0Lost 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.
Legend
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.
OTHER LEAGUES: STANDINGS
Quote of the Day

I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.

— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic