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1995-1996 Standings

Atlantic GP W L T P vs WESTvs CENvs PAC
1Philadelphia Flyers8245241310315-5-67-3-28-2-4
2New York Rangers824127149614-8-45-3-49-5-0
3Florida Panthers824131109212-8-55-5-27-3-3
4Washington Capitals823932118913-9-47-4-16-5-3
5Tampa Bay Lightning823832128813-6-45-4-18-2-3
6New Jersey Devils82373312869-13-44-6-25-7-2
7New York Islanders82225010548-15-23-7-25-8-0
Northeast GP W L T P vs WESTvs CENvs PAC
1Pittsburgh Penguins824929410215-9-18-4-07-5-1
2Boston Bruins824031119111-8-45-5-16-3-3
3Montréal Canadiens824032109014-8-38-3-16-5-2
4Hartford Whalers82343997715-9-15-7-010-2-1
5Buffalo Sabres8233427739-13-25-6-14-7-1
6Ottawa Senators8218595418-16-25-6-13-10-1
Central GP W L T P vs WESTvs CENvs PAC
1p - Detroit Red Wings826213713143-6-721-3-422-3-3
2Chicago Blackhawks824028149425-15-1211-7-714-8-5
3Toronto Maple Leafs823436128027-20-810-13-417-7-4
4St. Louis Blues823234168023-22-1011-11-512-11-5
5Winnipeg Jets (1979)82364067825-26-512-12-413-14-1
6Dallas Stars822642146621-26-95-19-416-7-5
Pacific GP W L T P vs WESTvs CENvs PAC
1Colorado Avalanche8247251010434-16-514-9-120-7-4
2Calgary Flames823437117922-23-86-11-516-12-3
3Vancouver Canucks823235157923-21-119-11-414-10-7
4Anaheim Ducks82353987822-28-47-12-315-16-1
5Edmonton Oilers82304486819-28-74-18-215-10-5
6Los Angeles Kings822440186615-24-155-12-710-12-8
7San Jose Sharks82205574713-39-36-17-17-22-2
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 seems like I'm kind of making it a little difficult on myself here the last two games.

— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane after tying the record for longest point streak by an American-born player with an assist on Duncan Keith's goal with 26.6 seconds left against the Anaheim Ducks Friday
World Cup of Hockey 2016