2005-2006 Standings

Atlantic GP W L OT P GF GA Diff Home Away S/O L10 Streak
 y - New Jersey
8246279101242229+1327-11-319-16-69-410-0-0Won 11
 x - Philadelphia
82452611101267259+822-13-623-13-54-65-4-1Won 1
 x - NY Rangers
82442612100257215+4225-10-619-16-67-44-6-0Lost 5
 NY Islanders
823640678230278-4820-18-316-22-39-33-6-1Lost 2
8222461458244316-7212-21-810-25-61-64-4-2Lost 1
Northeast GP W L OT P GF GA Diff Home Away S/O L10 Streak
 z - Ottawa
8252219113314211+10329-9-323-12-62-63-5-2Won 1
 x - Buffalo
8252246110281239+4227-11-325-13-35-57-3-0Won 5
 x - Montréal
824231993243247-424-13-418-18-52-36-4-0Lost 2
824133890257270-1326-12-315-21-53-77-1-2Won 1
8229371674230266-3616-15-1013-22-62-81-5-4Lost 5
Southeast GP W L OT P GF GA Diff Home Away S/O L10 Streak
 y - Carolina
8252228112294260+3431-8-221-14-68-25-3-2Lost 2
 x - Tampa Bay
824333692252260-825-14-218-19-46-45-4-1Lost 1
824133890281275+624-13-417-20-45-56-2-2Lost 2
8237341185240257-1725-11-512-23-64-54-4-2Won 1
8229411270237306-6916-18-713-23-57-65-3-2Won 3
Central GP W L OT P GF GA Diff Home Away S/O L10 Streak
 p - Detroit
8258168124305209+9627-9-531-7-34-38-1-1Lost 1
 x - Nashville
8249258106259227+3232-8-117-17-76-37-3-0Won 6
823543474223279-5623-18-012-25-48-36-3-1Won 1
8226431365211285-7416-19-610-24-72-63-5-2Won 2
 St. Louis
8221461557197292-9512-23-69-23-94-81-7-2Lost 5
Northwest GP W L OT P GF GA Diff Home Away S/O L10 Streak
 y - Calgary
82462511103218200+1830-7-416-18-72-76-1-3Lost 2
 x - Colorado
824330995283257+2625-10-618-20-33-64-5-1Lost 3
 x - Edmonton
8241281395256251+520-15-621-13-77-95-4-1Won 2
824232892256255+125-10-617-22-24-44-4-2Won 1
823836884231215+1623-16-215-20-65-35-4-1Lost 2
Pacific GP W L OT P GF GA Diff Home Away S/O L10 Streak
 y - Dallas
8253236112265218+4728-11-225-12-412-14-3-3Lost 2
 x - San Jose
8244271199266242+2425-9-719-18-41-78-1-1Lost 1
 x - Anaheim
8243271298254229+2526-10-517-17-73-76-4-0Won 1
 Los Angeles
824235589249270-2126-14-116-21-46-14-6-0Won 2
823839581246271-2519-18-419-21-14-34-5-1Won 1
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

For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.

— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday
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