The NHL playoffs are in full swing and there are plenty of great matchups to watch. But who are the teams that are still in contention for the Stanley Cup?
The NHL playoffs are an exciting time for hockey fans. Every team has a chance to win the Stanley Cup and there are many close games. Some of the best players in the world play in the playoffs and it is always a great show.
What is the NHL playoffs?
The NHL playoffs are a tournament held at the end of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) regular season to determine the league’s champion. The playoffs began on April 11, 2019, and will end in June 2019.
The playoffs are contested by 16 teams, eight from each of the league’s two conferences. The conference champions will then face off in the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Boston Bruins are the defending Stanley Cup champions, having defeated the St. Louis Blues in seven games in 2018.
Who is in the NHL playoffs?
The NHL playoffs are a best-of-seven elimination tournament among 16 teams that have qualified for the playoffs. The 16 teams are divided into two brackets, the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. The playoff bracket in each conference is fixed; there is no reseeding.
In the first round of the playoffs, also known as the Conference Quarterfinals, the first seed in each conference plays the eighth seed, the second seed plays the seventh seed, the third seed plays the sixth seed and the fourth seed plays the fifth seed.
In each conference, two rounds of best-of-seven series are played before the conference finals. The first round of series is called either “the Conference Semifinals” or “the Divisional Semifinals”. In a given series, if both teams have won an equal number of games at any point (a situation known as a “series tie”), one additional game is played to determine who will win that series; this extra game is referred to as “game seven”. In regular season play, game sevens only occur when one team has won more games than another by three; thus predictable five and six-game series are common in regular season play but not in playoff play.
The four surviving teams from both conferences meet in their respective Conference Finals. Each conference final is a best-of-seven playoff. The victors of these conferences advance to face each other for The Stanley Cup Finals, which is also a best-of-seven playoff.
The Stanley Cup playoffs (French: Les séries éliminatoires de la Coupe Stanley) is an elimination tournament in the National Hockey League (NHL) consisting of four rounds of best-of-seven series to determine the league champion and the winner of the Stanley Cup.
What is the Stanley Cup?
The Stanley Cup is the most coveted prize in professional hockey. It is awarded to the winning team of the National Hockey League (NHL) playoffs.
The Stanley Cup was first awarded in 1893 and is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, the Governor General of Canada who donated the trophy. The original cup was retired in 1910 and a new trophy was established in its place.
Today, the Stanley Cup is made of silver and nickel and stands 35.5 inches tall. It weighs 34.5 pounds and has a capacity of 14 gallons. The trophy is adorned with 13 different team logos, representing each club that has won the NHL championship since 1927.
To win the Stanley Cup, a team must first make it through the grueling NHL regular season and then win four best-of-seven series in the playoffs. Only 16 teams make it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs each year, so hoisting the famous trophy is truly a remarkable feat.
Who has won the Stanley Cup?
The Stanley Cup is a trophy that is awarded to the National Hockey League (NHL) playoff champion. The Cup was first presented in 1892, and it is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, who was the Governor General of Canada at the time. The Stanley Cup has been won by teams from all over North America, including the United States, Canada, and even once by a team from Russia.
The Montreal Canadiens have won the Stanley Cup more times than any other team, with a total of 24 wins. They are followed by the Toronto Maple Leafs (13 wins), the Detroit Red Wings (11 wins), and the Boston Bruins (6 wins).
The NHL playoffs are an annual tradition that takes place after the conclusion of the NHL regular season. The playoffs are a tournament that involves the top teams in the NHL competing against each other for the Stanley Cup. The Stanley Cup is the most prestigious trophy in professional hockey and is a symbol of NHL excellence.
What are the NHL teams?
As of the 2019-20 NHL season, there are 31 teams in the National Hockey League: 23 in the United States and 8 in Canada. Of the American teams, 16 compete in the Eastern Conference and 7 compete in the Western Conference. In the Canadian division, there are 3 teams in the Atlantic Conference and 5 teams in the Pacific Conference.
The NHL Playoffs are an elimination tournament that culminates each season. Eight teams from each conference qualify for the playoffs: the top three teams from each of the four divisions, plus two wild card teams from each conference (the two remaining teams with the next highest total of points). The Stanley Cup Finals is a best-of-seven series between the champions of each conference.
Who are the NHL players?
There are a total of 31 NHL teams, 7 of which are Canadian and 24 of which are US-based. The most recent expansion team is the Vegas Golden Knights, who joined the league in 2017. Here is a full list of all NHL teams:
Columbus Blue Jackets
Detroit Red Wings
Los Angeles Kings