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NHL Playoffs 2020 preview Hockey

Conference standings

Eastern Conference
Boston.71444-26
Tampa B..65743-27
Washing..65241-28
Philadel..64541-28
Pittsburgh.62340-29
Carolina.59638-30
NY Islan..58835-33
Toronto.57936-34
Columbus.57933-37
Florida.56535-34
NY Ran..56437-33
Montreal.50031-40
Buffalo.49330-39
N. Jersey.49328-41
Ottawa.43725-46
Detroit.27517-54
Western Conference
St Louis.66242-29
Colorado.65742-28
Vegas.60639-32
Dallas.59437-32
Edmonton.58537-34
Nashville.56535-34
Vancouv..56536-33
Calgary.56436-34
Winnipeg.56337-34
Minnesota.55835-34
Arizona.52933-37
Chicago.51432-38
Anaheim.47229-42
LA Kings.45729-41
San Jose.45029-41

The top eight teams in each conference qualify for the NHL playoffs. The top three teams in each division earn automatic berths (6 teams per conference) and the next two teams in the conference earn wild-card spots. The Divisional Playoffs pit the top ranked team in the conference against the lower ranked wild-card and the other division winner against the higher ranked wild-card. The second and third place teams in each division play each other.

Philadel.Vegas
 
MontrealChicago
 
Tampa B.Colorado
 
ColumbusArizona
 
Washing.Dallas
 
NY Islan.Calgary
 
BostonSt Louis
 
CarolinaVancouv.

The first round winners will meet in the second round or Division Championship. The Western Conference (Pacific vs. Central) and Eastern Conference (Atlantic vs. Metropolitan) Finals will determine who faces off in the Stanley Cup Finals.

In the Conference Semifinals and Conference Finals, teams are re-seeded according to the same criteria as the First Rounds, the highest remaining seeds play against the lowest remaining seeds.

NHL tie-breaking procedure

If two or more clubs are tied in points at the end of the regular season, the standing of the clubs in each Conference will be determined in the following order:

a. The greater number of games won. Shootout wins are not included in the tie-breaking procedure.
b. The greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs.
c. The greater differential between goals for and against for the entire regular season.

Playoffs format

Best-of-7 format is used in all stage of playoffs. For the first three rounds, the higher-seeded team has home-ice advantage (regardless of point record). In the Stanley Cup Final, it goes to the team with the better regular season record. The team with home-ice advantage hosts Games 1, 2, 5 and 7, while the opponent hosts Games 3, 4 and 6.