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2002-2003 Standings

Eastern
Atlantic GP W L T OTL P GF GA Diff Home Away L10 Streak
1
 x - Philadelphia
824520134107211166+4521-10-8-224-10-5-27-1-2-0Won 5
2
 y - New Jersey
824620106108216166+5025-11-3-221-9-7-45-0-4-1Tied 1
3
 x - NY Islanders
82353411283224231-718-18-5-017-16-6-23-5-2-0Won 1
4
 NY Rangers
82323610478210231-2117-18-4-215-18-6-24-4-1-1Lost 2
5
 Pittsburgh
8227446565189255-6615-22-2-212-22-4-32-7-1-0Lost 1
Northeast GP W L T OTL P GF GA Diff Home Away L10 Streak
1
 p - Ottawa
82522181113263182+8128-9-3-124-12-5-07-2-1-0Won 4
2
 x - Toronto
8244287398236208+2824-13-4-020-15-3-35-2-2-1Lost 1
3
 Montréal
8230358977206234-2816-16-5-414-19-3-53-6-0-1Won 1
4
 x - Boston
82363111487245237+823-11-5-213-20-6-23-4-3-0Won 1
5
 Buffalo
82273710872190219-2918-16-5-29-21-5-65-3-1-1Tied 1
Southeast GP W L T OTL P GF GA Diff Home Away L10 Streak
1
 Florida
82243613970176237-618-21-7-516-15-6-42-7-1-0Lost 1
2
 x - Washington
8239298692224220+424-13-2-215-16-6-46-3-0-1Won 1
3
 y - Tampa Bay
82362516593219210+922-9-7-314-16-9-23-2-5-0Lost 2
4
 Atlanta
8231397574226284-5815-19-4-316-20-3-26-3-1-0Won 2
5
 Carolina
82224311661171240-6912-17-9-310-26-2-30-8-2-0Lost 6
Western
Central GP W L T OTL P GF GA Diff Home Away L10 Streak
1
 y - Detroit
824820104110269203+6628-6-5-220-14-5-26-2-1-1Lost 1
2
 x - St. Louis
82412411699253222+3123-11-4-318-13-7-33-5-2-0Lost 1
3
 Chicago
82303313679207226-1917-15-7-213-18-6-43-3-3-1Won 1
4
 Nashville
82273513774183206-2318-17-5-19-18-8-60-6-2-2Lost 6
5
 Columbus
8229428369213263-5020-14-5-29-28-3-14-5-1-0Lost 1
Northwest GP W L T OTL P GF GA Diff Home Away L10 Streak
1
 x - Vancouver
824523131104264208+5622-13-6-023-10-7-15-4-1-0Lost 1
2
 y - Colorado
824219138105251194+5721-9-8-321-10-5-57-1-1-1Won 2
3
 x - Edmonton
82362611992231230+120-12-5-416-14-6-55-1-3-1Lost 1
4
 x - Minnesota
82422910195198178+2025-13-3-017-16-7-16-4-0-0Won 1
5
 Calgary
82293613475186228-4214-16-10-115-20-3-35-3-2-0Won 2
Pacific GP W L T OTL P GF GA Diff Home Away L10 Streak
1
 z - Dallas
824617154111245169+7628-5-6-218-12-9-27-1-0-2Won 4
2
 x - Anaheim
8240279695203193+1022-10-7-218-17-2-45-2-1-2Lost 2
3
 Los Angeles
8233376678203221-1819-19-2-214-18-4-53-3-1-3Won 1
4
 Phoenix
82313511578204230-2617-16-6-214-19-5-32-5-2-1Tied 1
5
 San Jose
8228379873214239-2517-16-5-311-21-4-52-4-3-1Tied 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

You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.

— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense