NHL teams with a winning record this season are guaranteed to win the championship.
The standings and conference standings are not based on wins or losses.
The regular season is determined by a series of games.
Teams play three games a week in the regular season and play two more games a year in the playoffs.
The first three games of the season are decided by a shootout, and teams play one game per night during the Stanley Cups final two weeks.
The conference finals and conference championship are decided on a coin flip.
The final playoff series of the regular seasons are decided using a combination of three games and a coin toss.
Playoff series winners and losers in the Stanley Playoffs The Stanley Cup is awarded to the team with the most points in the NHL regular season.
Each team plays three games per week, including three home games, a four-game road trip and two games at home against the defending champion.
Teams in the postseason play two games in the final two games of each season.
Playoffs are decided through a coin-flip.
The winner of the Stanley Playoff series will earn the right to face the winner of a two-game series.
In order to win a Stanley Cup, a team must have won its conference finals series.
If the two teams tie in the conference finals, the team that has won its first four games of a regular season series will win its first five games of an NHL postseason series.
The team with more wins will then advance to the next round.
In the event of a tie, the tiebreaker will be based on the number of points the team had in the previous two regular seasons.
For example, if the Pittsburgh Penguins had 20 wins in the season, the first round would determine the Stanley champion.
If Pittsburgh had only 20 points, the Penguins would be awarded the second seed.
In these cases, the Pittsburgh Pirates would have to win their next two games to win and win the Cup.
The second round will determine the winner and the teams that finish with the least points will play the second round.
The playoff series will be decided by the most recent three games played.
The Penguins, in the first series, will play Pittsburgh, in round two, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, in rounds three and four, will face the Los Angeles Kings.
In round five, the New York Rangers will face Buffalo, in a game played in Pittsburgh.
The last two rounds of the playoffs will be determined by the tie-breaker used for round four.
If two teams are tied at the end of round four, a third round will be played and the winner will be awarded their team.
The playoffs are also a showcase for players, coaches and fans to see the best players in the league.
The NHL playoffs will include two meetings between the Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers, a pair of meetings between Detroit Red Wings and the New Jersey Devils, and three meetings between Minnesota Wild and the Florida Panthers.
In addition, a meeting between the Los St. Patricks and the Detroit Red Wing will be held in the second weekend of May.
In other words, there are many matchups between teams from the NHL East and West that could potentially result in playoff matchups.
If a team from the West defeats a team in the East, they will play two playoff games.
If an East team defeats a West team, they play one playoff game.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals are scheduled to meet for the second and third rounds of playoffs, respectively, but both teams are expected to have more success this season.
For the fourth round, the Tampa Bay Lightning will play host to the Columbus Blue Jackets, who defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in the Eastern Conference Final.
The Columbus Blue Jacket are looking to continue their playoff push, but have only one goal in four games thus far, the most goals scored in a season by a team that does not have a regulation win.
In fact, Columbus is 1-2-1 in their past six games.
The Wild are expected with four games remaining against the Chicago Black Hawks, Los Angeles Ducks and Winnipeg Jets.
In a rematch of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, the Detroit Rangers and the Chicago Wolves will play at Madison Square Garden for the first time in franchise history.
The teams have not played since the 2012 playoffs, when the Wild lost 4-3 to the Boston Bruins in the Western Conference Final, and have only lost two games this season against each other.
The Wolves will be looking to bounce back from a 1-3 start to the season.
They fell to the Carolina Hurricanes in the opening round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which was the first playoff series the Wolves had lost in more than 20 years.
In terms of the playoff series, the Bruins and Hurricanes are expected for a series in which the Bruins have the upper hand.
Boston and Carolina are the two conference rivals, and will be playing the final regular season game of the 2016 Stanley Cup.
Both teams have won at least six