Please recall that each conference will have two divisions each. The top three teams in those divisions are playoff teams. The remaining two playoff seeds are “wild cards,” i.e. the next two conference teams in total points, regardless of their division affiliation. So the Central could have three teams in the playoffs and the Pacific could have five teams … which may be how this thing actually shakes out.
The division winner with the most points plays the wild card team with the fewest points; the other division winner plays the wild-card team with the second-fewest points. The second and third teams in the two divisions face each other, and then everyone advances and reseeds.
So who are the odds-on favorites in these divisions as the preseason approaches? Glad you asked.
The Capitals a better bet than the Rangers, Islanders and Flyers?
The Oilers a better bet than the Coyotes?
The Senators behind the Habs and Leafs?
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