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2003-2004 Standings

Eastern
Atlantic GP W L T OTL P vs EASTvs ATLvs NEvs SE
1
 y - Philadelphia
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2
 x - New Jersey
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3
 x - NY Islanders
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4
 NY Rangers
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5
 Pittsburgh
822347845816-38-8-26-12-5-15-13-2-05-13-1-1
Northeast GP W L T OTL P vs EASTvs ATLvs NEvs SE
1
 y - Boston
82411915710430-16-13-511-3-5-113-6-2-36-7-6-1
2
 x - Toronto
82452410310334-21-8-111-7-2-013-9-2-010-5-4-1
3
 x - Ottawa
82432310610233-18-9-49-7-3-19-10-4-115-1-2-2
4
 x - Montréal
824130749330-26-5-311-7-2-09-13-1-110-6-2-2
5
 Buffalo
823734748527-26-7-45-11-3-110-8-3-312-7-1-0
Southeast GP W L T OTL P vs EASTvs ATLvs NEvs SE
1
 z - Tampa Bay
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2
 Atlanta
823337847826-31-4-37-11-2-06-12-1-113-8-1-2
3
 Carolina
8228341467622-26-12-47-8-4-17-8-3-28-10-5-1
4
 Florida
8228351547524-25-12-38-9-2-18-6-5-18-10-5-1
5
 Washington
8223461035919-33-9-38-9-1-22-14-4-09-10-4-1
Western
Central GP W L T OTL P vs EASTvs ATLvs NEvs SE
1
 p - Detroit
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2
 x - St. Louis
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3
 x - Nashville
8238291149110-6-1-16-1-0-02-3-0-12-2-1-0
4
 Columbus
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5
 Chicago
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Northwest GP W L T OTL P vs EASTvs ATLvs NEvs SE
1
 y - Vancouver
8243241051019-5-1-32-1-0-24-3-0-13-1-1-0
2
 x - Colorado
8240221371008-7-3-04-1-2-00-5-0-04-1-1-0
3
 x - Calgary
824230739411-6-1-04-1-0-04-4-0-03-1-1-0
4
 Edmonton
823629125899-7-1-13-1-0-14-3-1-02-3-0-0
5
 Minnesota
8230292038311-4-2-14-2-1-04-1-0-13-1-1-0
Pacific GP W L T OTL P vs EASTvs ATLvs NEvs SE
1
 y - San Jose
8243211261048-3-6-13-0-2-11-2-2-04-1-2-0
2
 x - Dallas
824126132976-8-4-01-3-3-01-4-1-04-1-0-0
3
 Los Angeles
822829169817-5-2-42-1-1-21-4-1-04-0-0-2
4
 Anaheim
822935108767-9-1-12-3-1-01-4-0-14-2-0-0
5
 Phoenix
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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

This is a big year for us in a lot of ways. You can see Garth and management really trying to find that solution to get us into the playoffs and consistently have that. The pressure is great. You have to enjoy it. It just means there's a great opportunity ahead of you.

— Islanders captain John Tavares