Everything to Know on NHL Playoff 2023 Races, Tiebreakers, Best Matchups, More
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The 2022-23 NHL regular season has one week to go, and there are still a lot of things to decide.
Three of the four divisions are still up for grabs.
We only know one first-round playoff matchup (Toronto vs. Tampa Bay) while the other seven are still to be determined.
Three of the four wild-card spots are still up for grabs, with seven teams fighting for those spots.
We are going to take you through all of the important information you need to do know when it comes to potential matchups, potential dream matchups, Stanley Cup odds and tiebreaker scenarios as of Monday morning.
Away we go.
How Things Look in the Eastern Conference
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How the Eastern Conference Playoff Picture Looks Right Now
Atlantic 1 (No. 1 seed): Boston Bruins vs. Wild Card 2: New York Islanders
Atlantic 2: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Atlantic 3: Tampa Bay Lightning
Metropolitan 1: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Wild Card 1: Florida Panthers
Metropolitan 2: New Jersey Devils vs. Metropolitan 3: New York Rangers
What Is Still Up for Grabs
The Metropolitan Division: Carolina Hurricanes lead New Jersey Devils by one point.
The Carolina Hurricanes have hit a slump at the wrong time of year, and it has put their hold on the Metropolitan Division in jeopardy. The Devils enter the week just a single point back of the Hurricanes, while Carolina continues to struggle in the absence of both Max Pacioretty and Andrei Svechnikov. The good news for Carolina is that two of its final three games are against Ottawa and Detroit, two teams outside of the playoff picture.
The New York Rangers are also still lurking, trailing the Hurricanes by three points and the Devils by two points. Any of those three teams could end up taking the top spot in the Metropolitan Division and draw the first wild-card team in the first round, while the other two would meet in the No. 2 vs. No. 3 matchup in the Metropolitan Division bracket.
The Two Wild-Card Spots: The New York Islanders and Florida Panthers have a one-point lead over Pittsburgh.
It is basically a three-team race for the two wild-card spots in the Eastern Conference at this point, with the Florida Panthers, New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins all separated by just a single point in the standings.
The Panthers and Islanders both control their own playoff fortune and can clinch playoff spots by simply avoiding one regulation loss (or two overtime losses). A 2-0 or 1-0-1 record for either will put them in the playoffs.
The Penguins need to win their remaining two games and hope that one of New York or Florida loses one game in regulation (or loses two games in overtime). Their playoff streak of 16 consecutive seasons is on the line.
Buffalo is still mathematically alive in the race, but the Sabres would not only need to win out in their remaining four games, they would also need two of New York, Florida or Pittsburgh to finish with fewer than 93 points.
The top tiebreaker in the NHL is regulation wins, and that is bad news for both Pittsburgh and Buffalo in the wild-card race. There is no way either of them can win the tiebreaker over New York or Florida based on the number of games remaining.
As of Monday, the Devils would own the tiebreaker in the Metropolitan Division, owning one more regulation win than both the Hurricanes and Rangers.
Matchup Wish List
1. New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils. This has looked like the likely No. 2 vs. No. 3 matchup in the Metropolitan Division for most of the season, and it would be a whale of a series between two fierce rivals. Aside from the rivalry aspect, it would also be incredible hockey between two of the best, most talented teams in the league. The Devils' speed might cause some problems for the Rangers, but the Rangers would unquestionably have the best goalie (Igor Shesterkin) in the matchup.
2. New York Rangers vs. New York Islanders. A lot would have to happen to get this matchup, but it would be worth it. The Rangers need to win out their remaining two games, while the Devils and Hurricanes would both need to lose all of their remaining games in regulation, while the Islanders would need to secure the top wild-card spot. It is a long shot. But it is still potentially on the table. The rivalry factor would be even more intense than Rangers vs. Devils, but the hockey probably wouldn't be as good. It would, however, be an elite goaltending matchup between Shesterkin and the Islanders' Ilya Sorokin.
3. Boston Bruins vs. Florida Panthers. This would be a potential matchup between the past two Presidents' Trophy winners and be a clashing contrast of styles. The Bruins are the best defensive team in the league with two starting-caliber goalies. The Panthers can not defend at all and have zero good goalies, but they have one of the top offenses in the league. It would also pit two of the biggest pests in the league (Brad Marchand and Matthew Tkachuk) against one another. Chaos would rule the day.
4. Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning. This is cheating to include this because it is the one matchup that is already locked in place, so we know it is going to happen. It is a rematch of last year's first round and will feature a ton of superstar talent on both sides of the ice and storylines galore. The Lightning continue their quest for a fourth straight Stanley Cup Final appearance. The Maple Leafs look to avoid an unprecedented seventh consecutive first-round exit. The drama will be high.
How Things Look in the Western Conference
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How the Western Conference Playoff Picture Looks Right Now
Central 1: Colorado Avalanche vs. Wild Card 2: Seattle Kraken
Central 2: Dallas Stars vs. Central 3: Minnesota Wild
Pacific 1 (No. 1 seed): Vegas Golden Knights vs. Wild Card 2: Winnipeg Jets
Pacific 2: Edmonton Oilers vs. Pacific 3: Los Angeles Kings
What Is Still Up for Grabs
The Central Division: Colorado, Dallas and Minnesota are all still alive in the race, with the Avalanche holding a two-point lead over Dallas and a four-point lead over Minnesota.
There is a four-point gap between the first-place team (Colorado) and the third-place team (Minnesota), and each team still has three games remaining on its schedule. All three teams are playing well down the stretch, but the defending Stanley Cup champion Avalanche remain in the driver's seat.
The Pacific Division: Vegas has a two-point lead over Edmonton.
The Vegas Golden Knights have bounced back from a disappointing 2021-22 season and are on track to win the Pacific Division and potentially get the No. 1 seed in the entire Western Conference. But the Oilers are hanging around just two points back thanks to improved depth and an historically great season from MVP front-runner Connor McDavid.
The Second Wild-Card Spot: Winnipeg is clinging to a one-point lead over Calgary with Nashville still lurking.
The Winnipeg Jets seemed like a playoff lock for most of the season, but they allowed Calgary and Nashville to hang around in the race. The Flames have been one of the biggest disappointments in the league this season, but they still have a chance to overtake Winnipeg for a playoff spot. Nashville has exceeded all expectations, fighting through massive injury issues and a trade deadline sell-off to also give itself a fighting chance.
Winnipeg will own the tiebreaker over both Calgary and Nashville in the playoff race becaue of its 34 regulation wins, a number that neither the Flames nor the Predators can reach. There is still a chance that Nashville could own the tiebreaker over Calgary.
In the Central Division race, Dallas currently has two more regulation wins than Colorado and three more than Minnesota.
Edmonton (44 regulation wins) would easily win the tiebreaker over Vegas (36 regulation wins) in the Pacific Division.
Matchup Wish List
1. Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames. How could you not want to see this? The Battle of Alberta in the opening round? It would be perfect. The Oilers would need to overtake Vegas for the top spot in the Pacific Division, while Calgary would need to finish ahead of Winnipeg for the second wild-card spot to make it happen. The Flames have a decent chance to fulfill their part of the equation, but Edmonton has some work to do to hold up its end.
2. Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings. The intrigue here would be Jonathan Quick, now a member of the Vegas Golden Knights, potentially facing the team he won two Stanley Cups with and is a franchise icon for. The revenge factor here would be high.
3. Dallas Stars vs. Minnesota Wild. Speaking of revenge factor, Ryan Suter spent nine years as a member of the Minnesota Wild after signing a massive contract in free agency prior to the 2012-13 season. But following the 2020-21 season he was bought out, and the Wild are still committing more than $6 million against the cap to him this season as part of the buyout. On the flip side of that, John Klingberg is now a member of the Wild after leading Dallas' defense for eight seasons.
Looking Ahead to the Stanley Cup Final
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- Boston Bruins +350
- Colorado Avalanche +650
- Edmonton Oilers +800
- Toronto Maple Leafs +900
- Carolina Hurricanes +1100
- New York Rangers +1200
- New Jersey Devils +1200
- Vegas Golden Knights +1300
- Tampa Bay Lightning +1400
- Dallas Stars +1500
- Los Angeles Kings +2200
- Minnesota Wild +2200
- Florida Panthers +3500
- Winnipeg Jets +3500
- Seattle Kraken +4000
- New York Islanders +5000
- Pittsburgh Penguins +6000
- Calgary Flames +6000
- Nashville Predators +20000
- Buffalo Sabres +40000
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Which Team Will Have Home-Ice Advantage?
Simply put, it will be the team that has the best regular-season record. The Boston Bruins are the one team that we know would have home-ice advantage against any opponent after not only winning the Presidents' Trophy with the league's best record, but also setting the NHL single-season wins record.
Which Team Has the Best Odds to Win It All?
According to DraftKings, the favorites to win the Stanley Cup are as follows:
Matchup Wish List
1. Edmonton Oilers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs. This would be maximum superstar power for the NHL and extremely exciting hockey. Connor McDavid vs. Auston Matthews. The Maple Leafs looking to win their first championship since 1967 and potentially ending that Stanley Cup drought. McDavid going for his first championship and putting the perfect ribbon on a historic performance. Given where both teams are in the standings and how good they both are, it is very realistic.
2. Boston Bruins vs. Colorado Avalanche. Arguably the two best teams in the league. The defending Stanley Cup champions looking to repeat, Boston looking to win the Stanley Cup after setting the single-season wins record and perhaps sending Patrice Bergeron out on top.
3. Vegas Golden Knights vs. Buffalo Sabres. A lot of wild things would have to occur for this to happen, mainly Buffalo somehow sneaking into the playoffs and then going on an improbable run through the playoffs, but let me just leave you with this thought. Jack Eichel vs. the Buffalo Sabres for the Stanley Cup. The chances of this actually happening are microscopic, but that fits under the theme of "wish list."
4. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Minnesota Wild. Another improbable and unlikely possibility, but also a potentially fun one for the same reason as Buffalo and Vegas. The matchup here: Marc-Andre Fleury, a three-time champion in Pittsburgh, vs. his former team.
5. Calgary Flames vs. Florida Panthers. Perhaps the most unlikely of them all given the fact neither team is even a lock for the playoffs and both would need improbable runs, but again we go with the revenge factor and would have Matthew Tkachuk going against his former team in Calgary.
6. Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Colorado Avalanche. We have not had a Stanley Cup Final rematch in consecutive years since Pittsburgh and Detroit met in 2008 and 2009, but this would be sensational. Colorado going for its second straight championship and Tampa Bay looking to cement itself as an all-time great team and going for its fourth consecutive Stanley Cup Final appearance and potentially its third championship in four years.
7. Boston Bruins vs. Edmonton Oilers. The NHL's two 60-goal scorers this season (Connor McDavid and David Pastrňák) going head-to-head. It would also be fascinating to watch Patrice Bergeron try to shut down McDavid over a best-of-seven series.
8. New York Rangers vs. Edmonton Oilers. Igor Shesterkin and Adam Fox vs. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl would be sensational theatre.
9. Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Colorado Avalanche. This would just be a really fun, fast-paced, high-scoring series. Both teams have great offenses, neither team has great goaltending. Light up the scoreboard.
10. New Jersey Devils vs. Colorado Avalanche. Turning back the clock to the late 1990s and early 2000s when these two teams were consistently on top of the NHL. Jack Hughes, Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar would be great star power.
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- The greater number of games won, excluding games won in Overtime or by Shootout (i.e., "Regulation Wins"). ...
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The 2023 NHL Playoffs consist of four rounds of best-of-seven series.How are NHL playoff matchups determined? ›
The structure of the playoffs is as follows: The division winner with the most points in each conference will face the second Wild Card team in the first round. The division winner with fewer points in each conference will match up with the top Wild Card team in the first round.What is the oldest NHL team without a Stanley Cup? ›
Among the current thirty-two active NHL teams, twelve have never won the Stanley Cup, with the oldest of them being the Vancouver Canucks and the Buffalo Sabres (50 seasons). The longest Stanley Cup drought in NHL history belongs to the Toronto Maple Leafs (54 seasons), breaking a tie with the New York Rangers.What happens in a tie after 3 in hockey? ›
What are the overtime rules in the regular season of the NHL? If the score remains tied after three periods, the game goes to overtime. Overtime is a five-minute period where the first team to score wins the game. The overtime period is played three-on-three, with each team having three skaters on the ice.How does the NHL Lottery work 2023? ›
The NHL Draft Lottery gives the bottom 16 teams in the standings different odds of picking first or second overall. The team with the worst record and the least points has the best odds, whereas the team that just missed out on the playoffs has a better chance. You are only able to move up ten picks in the draft.Who is projected to be the number 1 pick in the NHL 2023? ›
Connor Bedard, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2023 Upper Deck NHL Draft, is in his third season with Regina of the Western Hockey League. The 17-year-old center, No.What is the NHL playoff configuration? ›
Each series is played in a 2–2–1–1–1 format, meaning the team with home-ice advantage hosts games one, two, five, and seven, while their opponent hosts games three, four, and six. Games five, six, and seven are only played if needed. Eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs.How does NHL format work? ›
Every series, no matter the round, will play a best-of-seven series, meaning the first team to win four games advances to the next round. Each series is played in a 2–2–1–1–1 format, which means the team with the better record plays Games 1, 2, 5 and 7 at its home arena, while its opponent hosts Games 3, 4, and 6.How are playoff opponents determined? ›
The tiebreaker criteria is used as follows: Head-to-head record; better record in games with the tied teams. Division record; better record in games against teams in its own division (Only if the teams are in the same division). Conference record; better record in game against teams in its own conference.
The first four playoff spots in each conference are awarded to the teams that finish with the best record in each division (North, South, East and West). The remaining six spots (three from the AFC and three from the NFC) are given to the teams with the best record who did not win their division.How do NHL teams know when to change lines? ›
Immediately following a stoppage of play, the home team makes a player (one to five player s) “line change,” following which the visiting team also makes a player change. The Coach of the home team then decides that they want to put different player (s) on the ice to counter the change made by the visiting team.What is the hardest trophy to win in sports? ›
The Stanley Cup is the hardest trophy to win in sports because the winner must play sometimes 16 playoff games, and sometimes 28 total games before being deemed a champion. Compared to the other regular seasons of other sports games, the competition level at the Stanley Cup playoffs gets more difficult and exciting.Who is the youngest player to win a Stanley Cup in NHL history? ›
The youngest player to ever win the Cup was Larry Hillman. He was just 18 years, 2 months, and 9 days old when the Detroit Red Wings won the Cup in 1955. Chris Chelios was the oldest player to win the Cup. He was 46 years, 6 months when he won the cup with Detroit in 2008.What was the smallest team to win the Stanley Cup? ›
Kenora accomplished two things with their championship: They were—and remain—the smallest town to ever win the Stanley Cup, and they were the last amateur team to do so. Unfortunately, the Thistles only managed to hang onto the Cup for about two months.What does PP mean in hockey? ›
PP. Power play goals. SH. Short-handed goals.What is the longest NHL game? ›
1. Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins (May 4, 2000) Keith Primeau leveled their second-round series against the Pens at two games apiece after over 92 minutes of overtime action.What is the longest shootout in NHL history? ›
The Marek Malik shootout
On November 26, 2005 the Rangers went to 15 rounds to defeat the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. It set a record for the longest shootout in NHL history that stood for 15 years until the Panthers and Caps set a new record with a 20-round effort.
In Stanley Cup betting odds at DraftKings, the Boston Bruins +350 are favored to win the 2023 Stanley Cup. The Colorado Avalanche +650 and Edmonton Oilers +800 round out the top three betting choices. They're followed by the Toronto Maple Leafs +900 and Carolina Hurricanes +1200 in current Stanley Cup odds.Who has the best odds to win the Stanley Cup 2023? ›
2023 Stanley Cup odds
Now, Boston is the odds-on favorite to win it all after being arguably the best regular-season hockey team ever.
But as time goes on and they establish themselves, those players often have the opportunity to change their sweater numbers to more “traditional” digits. Some players choose to follow that route, while others stick with their assigned numbers throughout their career.Who did Gretzky predict to win Stanley Cup? ›
Calgary is an interesting matchup, because I think both teams were built for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. I like St. Louis because I like their metal with O'Reilly and Brayden Schenn, I'm picking them for the Stanley Cup Finals. My pick to win the Stanley Cup this year is the Carolina Hurricanes.Is NHL easy to predict? ›
Anyone who has attempted it will attest that predicting hockey games is not easy. Being able to beat the odds set by sportsbooks like Pinnacle and Bovada is harder still. Nevertheless, with the right combination of skill, smarts and luck, one can have success betting on the NHL.What pick did Wayne Gretzky go? ›
When the WHA/NHL merger (officially termed an NHL expansion) was finally approved in March, 1979, each WHA team was allowed to claim two players from their WHA roster. Gretzky was the obvious choice of Edmonton, and thus he moved to the NHL without ever being drafted.Do they reseed in the NHL playoffs? ›
The top team in each division faces a wild-card entry in Round 1, while the No. 2 and 3 divisional seeds square off against each other. There's no reseeding. Before 2013-14, the top eight teams from each conference would make the playoffs, with division winners grabbing the top three seeds.Will the Oilers make the playoffs 2023? ›
The Edmonton Oilers officially punched their ticket to the 2023 Playoffs after defeating the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday (April 1). They currently sit in second in the Pacific Division and Western Conference with 99 points.Can Calgary Flames make playoffs? ›
Calgary's odds at making the playoffs were at 28 percent, according to Dom Luszczyszyn on Tuesday night. Those odds have now dropped to 12 percent. The Flames' tragic number, according to Flames Nation's Ryan Pike and Sportsnet's Pat Steinberg, is at three.What is the 614 rule in NHL? ›
(a) A minor penalty for delay of game shall be assessed to a player other than the goalkeeper who deliberately falls on or gathers the puck into his body, deeming the puck unplayable and causing a stoppage of play.What is the 40 game rule in NHL? ›
An Accrued Season is defined as a year in which a skater is on an NHL roster for at least 40 games (30 games for Goalies). If a player is on the NHL team's roster but injured, the team's games count towards the 40 game minimum.What is the NHL headshot rule? ›
There are two exemptions the NHL allows for head contact: If a hit goes directly through the body of a player and leads to contact of the head. If the posture of the player who is receiving the hit leads to head contact.
Each series is a best-of-seven format, played in a 2-2-1-1-1 format where the home team hosts Games 1, 2, 5, and 7 (if the NBA Finals goes to seven games). The home team in the NBA Finals is determined by who has the better regular season record between the two teams.How does 6 team playoff work? ›
6 team playoff system, week options, and consolation teams
The top 6 teams in the league standings at end of the regular season qualify for a 3-week postseason tournament to determine a league champion. The next 4 teams (or the next 6 for 12+ team leagues) in rank play consolation rounds for 7th-10th or 7-12th place.
The seven postseason participants from each conference are seeded as follows: The division champion with the best record. The division champion with the second-best record. The division champion with the third-best record.How do playoff finals work? ›
The playoffs use a best-of-seven elimination format. This means two teams play each other up to seven times, with the team that wins four games progressing to the next round.How many teams make the NHL playoffs 2023? ›
Ryan S. Clark is an NHL reporter for ESPN.How many matches does a team need to make playoffs? ›
To progress to the final, a team must win both their semi-final and then their final. So, in order to make the playoffs, a team must first finish in the top four of the league table. Then, they must win two further matches – their semi-final and final – in order to be crowned champions.What is the best line in the NHL? ›
- Stamkos-Point-Kucherov. Scott Audette / National Hockey League / Getty.
- Bunting-Matthews-Marner. ...
- Nichushkin-MacKinnon-Rantanen. ...
- Marchand-Bergeron-DeBrusk. ...
- Kane-McDavid-Yamamoto. ...
- Kaprizov-Hartman-Zuccarello. ...
- Robertson-Hintz-Pavelski. ...
- Guentzel-Crosby-Rust. ...
The fourth line is often called the "energy line," both because their shifts give other players a chance to rest, and because their physically oriented play is said to give their teammates an emotional boost.How do you read hockey lines? ›
The favorite is always indicated by a minus sign (e.g. -5.5) and the underdog by a plus sign (e.g.+5.5). If you bet on the favorite, you win your bet if the favorite wins AND their margin of victory is greater than the point spread.What is the 1 hardest sport? ›
According to Sports Virsa, the top 10 hardest sports in the world to play in 2022 are as follows: Boxing (hardest), American football, mixed martial arts, ice hockey, gymnastics, basketball, soccer, wrestling, rugby, and water polo.
1. Water Polo: 44 Points. Often overlooked in discussions, this Olympic sport is officially the toughest sport in the world. Similar to the land-based handball that was not too far from the list itself, water polo is played, well, in water.Is hockey the toughest sport? ›
Overall, the combination of speed, physicality, skill, mental toughness, and logistical challenges make hockey one of the hardest sports in the world.Who is the best player to never win Stanley Cup? ›
"King Henrik" is the only NHL goalie to win 30 or more games in each of his first seven NHL seasons. He also won an Olympic Gold Medal, played in three NHL All-Star Games and won the 2012 Vezina Trophy. But Lundqvist has never won a Stanley Cup.
Ken Dryden did it first for the Canadiens as a rookie but Patrick Roy followed in his skate strides when he guided the Habs to a Stanley Cup championship. Roy was nothing short of magnificent in the playoffs as he finished with a 15-10-0 record, a .What is the oldest name on the Stanley Cup? ›
The trophy is named after Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley, Lord Stanley of Preston, who purchased the original silver cup that became the Stanley Cup in 1893.What is the longest stretch without winning the Stanley Cup? ›
Dating back to the original expansion year of the NHL, there are 11 active teams that haven't won a Stanley Cup since their inception. The record for the longest drought ever goes to the Toronto Maple Leafs, currently sitting at 55 years since their Cup win in 1967.What player lost 3 Stanley Cups in a row? ›
Successful comebacks. NHL teams have overcome 3–1 deficits 31 times, the most recent instance being accomplished by the New York Rangers during the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Rangers, the Vancouver Canucks, and the Montreal Canadiens are tied with the most successful 3-1 series comebacks in the NHL, with 3.What is the tie breaker for points in NHL? ›
If still tied, the total number of all wins is used and, if still tied after that, the edge will go to the team that accumulated more points in the head-to-head matchup against the team they're tied with.What is the tiebreaker for the NHL division? ›
*Regulation wins are the first tiebreaker, and regulation plus overtime wins are the second tiebreaker. Shootout wins are not counted in regulation plus overtime wins.
At the NHL level of hockey, a game cannot end in a tie. If the game is tied at the end of regulation time, the teams will play a 5 minute overtime, and if no goal is scored the game will be decided by a shootout.What NHL team has been penalized the most in 2023? ›
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The first player or team to win seven points, by two, wins the tiebreak. This means the score can end up being very high (e.g. 15-13) or as low as 7-0 through 7-5. Whoever wins the tiebreak game, wins the set by a score of 7-6.Is tie break 10 points? ›
Tie Break Tens is an exhibition tennis format in which only tie-break matches are played. There are no games or sets, only tie-break matches and the winner is the first player to reach 10 points and lead by a margin of two. Most other traditional rules of tennis are the same.What happens if two teams tie in points? ›
If teams finish on equal points and goal difference then goals scored will be the deciding factor. The team who has scored the most goals across all three group games stays in the competition.Can an NHL shootout end in a tie? ›
If the score remains tied after three attempts each in the best-of-three scenario, the shootout will go to format in which each team sends out a different play to attempt to score. If one player scores, the other must score to continue to the next round of the shootout or else the scoring player's team wins.How does division tiebreaker work? ›
If two teams are tied for a position, both teams are awarded the ranking as if they held it solely. For example, if Team A and Team B are tied for first in points scored, each team is assigned a ranking of “1” in that category, and if Team C is third, its ranking will still be “3.”Can hockey end in a tie college? ›
NCAA games can end in ties, although conferences may elect to use a three-person shootout to award points in league standings after the initial five-minute OT. Non-conference games tied after the initial five-minute OT will end as ties.What is the playoff tie breaker? ›
Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four. Strength of victory in all games. Strength of schedule in all games. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed in all games.How do you break a tie in hockey? ›
Tie Breaking Formula – Ties in Standings – Two Teams Tied If a tie exists than the team with the most wins shall be awarded the higher position. If still tied, add the goals for and the goals against together and divide into the goals for with the team having the highest percentage being awarded the higher position.
Wild card teams are the two teams in each conference outside of the top three with the highest points totals. Divisional alignment has no effect on wild cards, so it's possible for one division to have five teams in the postseason, with the other division in the conference having just three.What is the rarest penalty in hockey? ›
One of the rarest plays in hockey is the penalty shot. A penalty shot awarded in overtime is even rarer. Scoring on an overtime penalty shot is even rarer.What is the most common penalty in NHL? ›
- High Sticking.
- Abuse of Officals.
- Unsportsmanlike Conduct.
- Too Many Men.
Billy Coutu was the first, and to date only, player banned from the NHL for life for violence in 1927; he assaulted referee Jerry Laflamme and tackled referee Billy Bell before starting a bench-clearing brawl during a Stanley Cup game between the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators, apparently on the orders of Bruins ...