There's a lot to learn from the NHL standings, whether you are a newbie fan or hockey diehard.
Let's start with the basics. The standings are typically presented by division, starting with the Eastern Conference (per alphabetical order). The Metropolitan is listed first, then Atlantic (apparently not per alphabetical order). The Metropolitan includes 2018 Stanley Cup winner Washington, all three New York area teams (Rangers, Islanders and New Jersey Devils), Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Carolina and Columbus.
The Atlantic division features defending 2019 Eastern Conference champ Boston, plus Montreal, Toronto, Florida, Tampa Bay, Ottawa, Buffalo and Detroit. That adds up to 16 teams in the East.