NHL Stanley Cup - June finalist match


03 November 2020

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The 2008 NHL season began on October 4, and 30 teams are now battling for the ultimate piece of hardware. The regular season ends on April 12 and makes room for a long and intense playoff game. Eight teams from each conference, Eastern and Western, qualify for the game after the season.

In the Eastern Conference, the champions of the divisions Atlantic, Northeast and Southeast automatically reach the playoffs, and they are joined by the teams with the next five best records. It is the same in the Western Conference; the top five winners outside the division move together with the champions of the Central, Northwest and Pacific divisions.

Home advantage in the first round of the playoffs goes to the three division winners in each conference, seeded 1 to 3 based on the best record and number 4 seeded, the team with the second best record. Nr. 1 player Nr. 8, 2 player 7, 3 player 6 and 4 player 5. In the second round, the highest advancing seed is in front of the lowest remaining seed, with the two middle seeds squaring.

In all rounds leading up to the Stanley Cup final, between the winner of the Eastern Conference and the winner of the Western Conference, the higher seed in a series always has a home advantage, which means that the team hosts games 1 and 2, and if required 5 and 7. The lower seeded teams host games 3 and 4, and if necessary 6. Each series is the best of seven games; in other words, the first team to four wins takes the series. Of course, if a team wins the first four games in a series, the last three are not played.

In the Stanley Cup final, the team with the best record has a home front. For example, even if seed No. 1 moves out of the Western Conference and No. 2 seeds come out of the Eastern Conference, seed No. 2 from the East would have home advantage if it had a better record than Wests No. 1 in the regular season.

Currently, there are two clear favorites to reach the Stanley Cup final in 2009, which ends in June. No team has been more dominant than the San Jose Sharks, which boasts a 23-3-2 record (23 wins, three losses, two losses in overtime or shootout. The teams receive two points for a win, one for an overtime loss, and none for a direct loss).

The Sharks have a 13-point lead in the Pacific Division and a six-point lead over the second-best team in the West, the Detroit Red Wings. In the Eastern Conference, the Boston Bruins lead with an impressive 20-5-4 record. The Bruins own a seven-point advantage in the Northeast Division and a four-point lead over the East's second-best team, the New York Rangers.

The Red Wings are the NHL’s defending champions as Detroit defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins four games against two in last season’s final series. Pittsburgh, who want to repeat themselves in the Stanley Cup final, have a solid 16-9-4 record and would easily qualify for the playoffs if the regular season ended today,


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