Teams in the 2014 NHL playoffs
New playoff format
The NHL has created a new playoff structure that has been implemented for the 2014 postseason. Each conference, now comprised of two divisions, still has eight teams qualify for the postseason, but the potential matchups are significantly different.
Under the new format, the first three teams in each division automatically qualified for the postseason. The final two teams to qualify did so as wild cards based on their record, regardless of division. Those two teams will face the two division winners in Round 1 of the postseason. The second- and third-place teams in each division will square off.
Unlike previous seasons, there is no re-seeding for the second round. If the Penguins defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets in Round 1, they will face the New York Rangers-Philadelphia Flyers winner in the second. They would not face Boston, Detroit, Montreal or Tampa Bay until the Eastern Conference finals.
The NHL made the changes to place a greater importance on divisional rivalries.
(1) Boston Bruins: Atlantic Division
The Boston Bruins finished off the 2013-2014 regular season with the best record. They had the most points in the NHL and were awarded the Presidents' Trophy for the first time since 1990.
They went 54-19-9 for a total of 119 points.
They clinched the No. 1 spot in the Atlantic and will face the Detriot Red Wings in the first round.
(2) Tampa Bay Lightning: Atlantic Division
The Tampa Bay Lightning finished the season in second place in the Atlantic Divison.
Their record was 46-27-9 equaling 101 points.
They will play the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs.
(3) Montreal Canadiens: Atlantic Division
The Montreal Canadiens finished the regular season in third in the Atlantic. They were one point behind the Lightning.
Their record was 46-28-8 for a total of 100 points.
(1) Pittsburgh Penguins: Metropolitan Division
The Pittsburgh Penguins finished first in the Metropolitan Division.
They went 51-24-7 in the regular season totaling 109 points.
They will play the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round.
(2) New York Rangers: Metropolitan Division
The Rangers finished in second in the Metropolitan.
Their record was 45-31-6 giving them 96 points.
They will play the Flyers in the first round of playoffs.
(3) Philadelphia Flyers: Metropolitan Division
The Philadelphia Flyers finished the regular season in third place in their division.
They went 42-30-10 for a total of 94 points.
(1) Columbus Blue Jackets: Wild Card East
The Columbus Blue Jackets clinched the No. 1 wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. This marks the first time since the '08-'09 season that they have qualified for the playoffs.
This season they went 43-32-7 totaling 93 points.
(2) Detroit Red Wings: Wild Card East
The Detroit Red Wings squeezed into the playoffs in the No. 2 wild card spot.
They ended the season 39-28-15 resulting in 93 points.
(1) Colorado Avalanche: Central Division
The Colorado Avalanche finished this season in first in the Central Division.
Their record was 52-22-8, equaling 112 points.
They will face the Minnesota Wild in the first round.
(2) St. Louis Blues: Central Division
The Saint Louis Blues finished the season in second in the Central Division. They were one point out of first place.
They went 52-23-7 for 111 points.
They will play the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, in the first round.
(3) Chicago Blackhawks: Central Division
The Chicago Blackhawks are the defending Stanley Cup champions. This season they finished third in the Central Division.
They went 46-21-15 for 107 points.
(1) Anaheim Ducks: Pacific Division
The Anaheim Ducks finished the season in first in the Pacific Division and were second in the league in points.
They went 54-20-8, tallying 116 points.
The Ducks will play the Dallas Stars in the first round.
(2) San Jose Sharks: Pacific Division
The San Jose Sharks finished second in the Pacific Division.
Their record was 51-22-9 with 111 points.
They will play the Los Angeles Kings in the first round.
(3) Los Angeles Kings: Pacific Division
The Los Angeles Kings finished the season in third in the Pacific Division.
Their record was 46-28-8 tallying 100 points.
(1) Minnesota Wild: Wild Card West
The Minnesota Wild clenched the No. 1 wild card spot in the Western Conference.
They finished with a record of 43-27-12 with 98 points.
Dallas Stars: (2) Wild Card West
The Dallas Stars clinched the last wild card spot in the Western Conference.
Their record was 40-31-11 totaling 91 points.