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1995-1996 Standings

Atlantic GP W L T P vs EASTvs ATLvs NE
1Philadelphia Flyers8245241310330-16-713-10-617-6-1
2New York Rangers824127149627-18-1015-11-612-7-4
3Florida Panthers824131109229-20-518-8-411-12-1
4Washington Capitals823932118926-22-712-15-514-7-2
5Tampa Bay Lightning823832128825-23-813-13-612-10-2
6New Jersey Devils823733128628-20-819-10-39-10-5
7New York Islanders822250105414-30-86-20-28-10-6
Northeast GP W L T P vs EASTvs ATLvs NE
1Pittsburgh Penguins824929410234-18-318-8-116-10-2
2Boston Bruins824031119129-17-713-11-416-6-3
3Montréal Canadiens824032109026-21-77-13-619-8-1
4Hartford Whalers82343997719-27-89-13-610-14-2
5Buffalo Sabres82334277324-23-510-12-414-11-1
6Ottawa Senators82185954110-40-37-19-03-21-3
Central GP W L T P vs EASTvs ATLvs NE
1p - Detroit Red Wings826213713119-6-010-3-09-3-0
2Chicago Blackhawks824028149415-9-28-4-27-5-0
3Toronto Maple Leafs82343612807-14-44-8-13-6-3
4St. Louis Blues82323416809-11-65-4-54-7-1
5Winnipeg Jets (1979)82364067811-14-16-7-15-7-0
6Dallas Stars82264214665-16-51-8-54-8-0
Pacific GP W L T P vs EASTvs ATLvs NE
1Colorado Avalanche8247251010413-6-56-4-37-2-2
2Calgary Flames823437117912-11-36-5-36-6-0
3Vancouver Canucks82323515799-10-45-3-34-7-1
4Anaheim Ducks82353987813-9-45-5-48-4-0
5Edmonton Oilers82304486811-14-16-8-05-6-1
6Los Angeles Kings82244018669-14-35-8-14-6-2
7San Jose Sharks8220557477-15-42-11-15-4-3
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's cool when you think about how many great American players have played the game and the two players that were at that 18-game point streak and what they've done in their careers. It's pretty cool right now, but it was kind of overshadowed by the loss.

— Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane after breaking the record for longest point streak by an American-born player with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss against the Kings
World Cup of Hockey 2016