This is the 2016-17 National Hockey League season. This is the league's 100th season of operation (99th of play) Each team is scheduled to play 82 games. The regular season is scheduled to rune from October 12, 2016 through April 9, 2017. The Stanley Cup playoffs will begin on April 12th and run through mid-June.
None for 2016-17; however on June 22, 2016 the league awarded an expansion team to a group based in Las Vegas, Nevada that will begin play with the 2017-18 season. On November 22nd the team announced it would be named the Vegas Golden Knights.
The top three teams in each division qualify for the playoffs. The next two best records in each conference also qualify as wildcard teams. The wild card team with the fewer points plays the team with the best record in the conference regardless of division. The other wild card team plays the other division winner. The wild card team then stays in that division's playoffs. The division semifinal winners meet in the division finals. The two division winners in each conference meet in the conference finals. The two conference winners meet in the Stanley Cup final. All series are best-of-seven.
Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan becomes first American born head coach to win two Stanley Cups and the first head coach since Toe Blake (1956 & 1957) to win Stanley Cups in his first two years coaching a team.
Matt Murray becomes the first goaltender to end the Stanley Cup final with back-to-back shut outs since Terry Sawchuck in 1952.