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1997-1998 Standings

Eastern
EasternDIV GP W L T P GF GA Diff Home Away L10 Streak
1
 New Jersey
ATL82482311107225166+5929-10-219-13-93-5-2Lost 1
2
 Pittsburgh
NE8240241898228188+4021-10-1019-14-84-4-2Won 3
3
 Philadelphia
ATL8242291195242193+4924-11-618-18-55-5-0Lost 2
4
 Washington
ATL8240301292219202+1723-12-617-18-67-1-1Won 4
5
 Boston
NE8239301391221194+2719-16-620-14-76-4-0Won 1
6
 Buffalo
NE8236291789211187+2420-13-816-16-95-2-2Lost 1
7
 Montréal
NE8237321387235208+2715-17-922-15-43-3-4Tied 1
8
 Ottawa
NE8234331583193200-718-16-716-17-86-2-2Won 1
9
 Carolina
NE823341874200219-1916-18-717-23-14-6-0Lost 5
10
 NY Islanders
ATL8230411171212225-1317-20-413-21-76-3-1Won 2
11
 NY Rangers
ATL8225391868197231-3414-18-911-21-93-6-1Won 2
12
 Florida
ATL8224431563203256-5311-24-613-19-93-4-3Tied 1
13
 Tampa Bay
ATL8217551044151269-11811-23-76-32-30-9-1Tied 1
Western
WesternDIV GP W L T P GF GA Diff Home Away L10 Streak
1
 p - Dallas
CEN82492211109242167+7526-8-723-14-46-4-0Won 1
2
 Detroit
CEN82442315103250196+5425-8-819-15-76-4-0Lost 3
3
 St. Louis
CEN824529898256204+5226-10-519-19-37-3-0Won 3
4
 Colorado
PAC8239261795231205+2621-10-1018-16-73-6-1Won 2
5
 Los Angeles
PAC8238331187227225+222-16-316-17-84-6-0Lost 2
6
 Phoenix
CEN8235351282224227-319-16-616-19-67-3-0Lost 1
7
 Edmonton
PAC8235371080215224-920-16-515-21-57-3-0Won 4
8
 San Jose
PAC8234381078210216-617-19-517-19-55-2-3Won 1
9
 Chicago
CEN8230391373192199-714-19-816-20-51-7-1Lost 1
10
 Toronto
CEN823043969194237-4316-20-514-23-44-6-0Won 1
11
 Calgary
PAC8226411567217252-3518-17-68-24-92-6-2Lost 1
12
 Anaheim
PAC8226431365205261-5612-23-614-20-72-6-2Lost 1
13
 Vancouver
PAC8225431464224273-4915-22-410-21-103-6-1Lost 3
Playoff Format (NEW for 2013-14)
As has been the case since 1979-80, 16 teams will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This season, however, 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

There was a lot of talk off the ice. From a player's standpoint, that's not the talk in the room. GMs make decisions, coaches make decisions, but as a team you have to come together and be ready to go, and we are.

— San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels on his team's approach entering training camp