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2008-2009 Standings

Eastern
Atlantic GP W L OT P vs WESTvs CENvs NWvs PAC
1
 x - Philadelphia
82442711998-7-31-4-03-3-04-0-3
2
 x - Pittsburgh
82452899910-6-24-2-12-2-14-2-0
3
 x - NY Rangers
82433099510-6-24-1-12-2-14-3-0
4
 NY Islanders
8226479618-9-14-2-02-4-02-3-1
5
 y - New Jersey
825127410612-5-14-1-14-1-04-3-0
Northeast GP W L OT P vs WESTvs CENvs NWvs PAC
1
 Toronto
82343513815-8-51-1-33-4-11-3-1
2
 x - Montréal
824130119313-4-14-0-15-3-04-1-0
3
 Ottawa
82363511837-10-12-3-03-4-12-3-0
4
 z - Boston
825319101169-6-34-1-23-3-02-2-1
5
 Buffalo
8241329919-8-11-5-03-1-15-2-0
Southeast GP W L OT P vs WESTvs CENvs NWvs PAC
1
 Tampa Bay
82244018666-9-32-2-11-4-23-3-0
2
 Florida
82413011938-9-12-4-13-2-03-3-0
3
 y - Washington
82502481088-10-05-2-01-4-02-4-0
4
 x - Carolina
8245307978-8-22-3-12-3-04-2-1
5
 Atlanta
8235416768-8-21-5-15-1-02-2-1
Western
Central GP W L OT P vs WESTvs CENvs NWvs PAC
1
 x - Chicago
8246241210437-18-910-7-712-7-115-4-1
2
 y - Detroit
8251211011239-16-914-8-212-3-513-5-2
3
 x - St. Louis
824131109234-21-914-6-49-8-311-7-2
4
 x - Columbus
824131109228-28-810-10-412-6-26-12-2
5
 Nashville
82403488832-26-612-9-37-13-013-4-3
Northwest GP W L OT P vs WESTvs CENvs NWvs PAC
1
 y - Vancouver
8245271010035-21-810-9-115-6-310-6-4
2
 Minnesota
82403398928-28-810-9-110-10-48-9-3
3
 Edmonton
82383598529-29-68-11-111-9-410-9-1
4
 x - Calgary
82463069836-23-511-7-214-8-211-8-1
5
 Colorado
82324556925-34-59-11-010-12-26-11-3
Pacific GP W L OT P vs WESTvs CENvs NWvs PAC
1
 p - San Jose
8253181111741-15-810-5-514-3-317-7-0
2
 Dallas
823635118328-28-89-10-111-9-08-9-7
3
 Los Angeles
823437117925-30-97-11-28-9-310-10-4
4
 x - Anaheim
82423379135-23-610-7-313-6-112-10-2
5
 Phoenix
82363977928-30-66-11-39-10-113-9-2
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.
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

I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.

— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic