An assist is awarded to the player or players (maximum of two) who touched the puck prior to the goal, provided no defender plays or possesses the puck in between.
A player receives credit for playing in a game if i) he steps on the ice during time played or; ii) serves any penalty.
After the final score has been determined, the goal which leaves the winning Club one goal ahead of its opponent is the game-winning goal (example: if Team A beats Team B 8-3, the player scoring the fourth goal for Team A receives credit for the game-winning goal).
The final goal in a tie game.
A goal is awarded to the last player on the scoring Club to touch the puck prior to the puck entering the net.
Multiply goals allowed (GA) by 60 and divide by minutes played (MIN).
A goaltender receives a win, tie or loss if he is on the ice when either the game-winning or game-tying goal is scored.
Subtract total number of power-play goals allowed from total number of shorthanded situations to get total number of power-plays killed. Divide the total number of power-plays killed by the total number of shorthanded situations.
First-round playoff berths are awarded to the first-place team in each division as well as to the next five best teams based on regular-season point totals in each conference. The three division winners in each conference are seeded first through third for the playoffs and the next five best teams, in order of points, are seeded fourth through eighth. In each conference, the team seeded #1 plays #8; #2 vs. #7; #3 vs. #6; and #4 vs. #5 in the quarterfinal round. Home-ice in the Conference Quarterfinals is granted to those teams seeded first through fourth in each conference.
In the Conference Semifinals and Conference Finals, teams are re-seeded according to the same criteria as the Conference Quarterfinals. Higher seeded teams gained home-ice advantage.
Home-ice advantage for the Stanley Cup Finals is determined by points.
All series are best-of-seven.
Playoff Tie-Breaking Formula
At the conclusion of the regular season, the standing of the teams in each Conference shall be determined in accordance with the following priorities in the order listed:
A player is awarded a "plus" each time he is on the ice when his Club scores an even-strength or shorthanded goal. He receives a "minus" if he is on the ice for an even-strength or shorthanded goal scored by the opposing Club. The difference in these numbers is considered the player's "plus-minus" statistic.
Tenths of a Second
If a penalty or goal occurs in the last minute, the time is rounded off to the previous second (eg: if a penalty is called with 12.4 seconds left in a period, the time is indicated as 19:47 and not 19:48.)