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Continued: NHL 2013-14 preview: Around the league

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 30, 2013 - 9:31 PM

ABOUT THAT PLAYOFF FORMAT

• There are 14 teams in the West, 16 in the East. Eight from each conference will make the postseason.

• There are four divisions — the Pacific, Central, Atlantic (that bizarrely includes none of the five former Atlantic teams) and the absurdly-named Metropolitan. The top three teams from each division qualify for the playoffs. The two additional playoff spots in each conference, designated as wild cards, will be awarded to the next two highest-placed finishers in each conference, ranked on the basis of regular-season points and regardless of division.

• So, theoretically in each conference, you can have five playoff qualifiers from one division and three from the other. The first round of the playoffs is purely in-division. The second-round will be, too, provided four teams from a division make the playoffs.

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Toronto - LP: A. Loup 4 FINAL
Cleveland - WP: J. Outman 6
LA Angels - LP: H. Santiago 1 FINAL
Detroit - WP: R. Porcello 2
Atlanta - LP: G. Schlosser 3 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: J. Valverde 4
Seattle - LP: T. Wilhelmsen 2 FINAL
Miami - WP: M. Dunn 3
St. Louis - LP: S. Maness 2 FINAL
Washington - WP: R. Soriano 3
Milwaukee - WP: Z. Duke 3 FINAL
Pittsburgh - LP: J. Gomez 2
NY Yankees - WP: P. Claiborne 5 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: H. Bell 1
Minnesota - WP: P. Hughes 8 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: Y. Ventura 3
Cincinnati - WP: H. Bailey 8 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: C. Villanueva 2
Chicago WSox - WP: E. Johnson 16 FINAL
Texas - LP: R. Ross Jr. 2
Houston - LP: B. Peacock 1 FINAL
Oakland - WP: J. Chavez 4
Philadelphia - WP: J. Diekman 10 FINAL
Colorado - LP: M. Belisle 9
San Francisco - WP: T. Lincecum 4 FINAL
San Diego - LP: R. Erlin 3
Arizona - LP: J. Collmenter 1 FINAL
Los Angeles - WP: J. Wright 4
Baltimore - LP: B. Matusz 5 FINAL
Boston - WP: E. Mujica 6
Dallas 85 FINAL
San Antonio 90
Charlotte 88 FINAL
Miami 99
Washington 102 FINAL
Chicago 93
Portland 116 1st OT 0:53
Houston 118
Philadelphia 4 FINAL
NY Rangers 2
Detroit 1 FINAL
Boston 4
Tampa Bay 2 FINAL
Montreal 3
Los Angeles 2 FINAL
San Jose 7
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