As has been the case since , 16 teams will qualify for the Stanley Cup The format now is a set bracket that is largely division-based with wild cards.
The Stanley Cup playoffs is an elimination tournament in the National Hockey League The NHL has always used a playoff tournament to determine its champion. . From to , all playoff match ups were best-of-seven affairs .
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We're only in the fourth year of the new playoff format, and it's still a bit to get used to.
Fans are up in arms about the league's 'stupid' playoff format – which could see But generally, the current system works well enough. But the league wanted more matchups between teams in the same division, because.
With the NHL playoffs about to start, take a refresher on how teams are ranked Realignment, wild cards change chase for Stanley Cup 1st-round matchups.
The matchups are set for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
But there are some new tweaks with the addition of wild card teams. Under the new Here's how the matchups work in the opening round: 1.