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This is the 2018-19 National Hockey League season.  This is the league's 102nd season of operation (101st of play).

Salary CapEdit

The NHL Players Association and the league announced the salary cap would be $79.5 million.

Winter ClassicEdit

The 2019 Winter Classic will be held at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana on January 1, 2019. It will match up Original Six rivals the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks.

Stadium SeriesEdit

The only other outdoor game scheduled is a February 23, 2019 game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

DraftEdit

The 2018 Entry Draft was held June 22-23, 2018 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Rasmus Dahlin a defenseman with the Frölunda HC was the top pick in the draft by the Buffalo Sabres.

Overseas GamesEdit

The league will have two pre-season games in China. The first game will be on September 15th in Shenzhen, China and the second on September 19 in Beijing.

Membership ChangesEdit

  • None, but; on December 4, 2018, the National Hockey League approved a proposal by Seattle Hockey Partners—an ownership group led by David Bonderman, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Tod Leiweke—to grant an expansion franchise to the city of Seattle, Washington for the 2021-22 season.

Arena ChangesEdit

MembershipEdit

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Division Team City Arena Capacity Joined NHL
Atlantic Boston Bruins Boston, Massachusetts TD Garden 17,565 1924
Buffalo Sabres Buffalo, New York KeyBank Center 18,690 1970
Detroit Red Wings Detroit, Michigan Little Caesars Arena 20,066 1926
Florida Panthers Sunrise, Florida BB&T Center 19,452 1993
Montreal Canadiens Montreal, Quebec Bell Centre 21,273 1917
Ottawa Senators Ottawa, Ontario Canadian Tire Centre 20,500 1992
Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa, Florida Amalie Arena 19,500 1992
Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto, Ontario Scotiabank Arena 18,800 1917
Metroplitan Carolina Hurricanes Raleigh, North Carolina PNC Arena 18,639 1979
Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus, Ohio Nationwide Arena 18,136 2000
New Jersey Devils Newark, New Jersey Prudential Center 17,625 1974
New York Islanders Brooklyn, New York
Uniondale, New York
Barclays Center
Nassau Coliseum
16,234
13,900
1972
New York Rangers New York, New York Madison Square Garden 18,200 1926
Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wells Fargo Center 19,500 1967
Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania PPG Paints Arena 18,387 1967
Washington Capitals Washington, D.C. Capital One Arena 18,277 1974

Western ConferenceEdit

Division Team City Arena Capacity Joined NHL
Central Chicago Blackhawks Chicago, Illinois United Center 19,717 1926
Colorado Avalanche Denver, Colorado Pepsi Center 18,007 1979
Dallas Stars Dallas, Texas American Airlines Center 18,500 1967
Minnesota Wild St. Paul, Minnesota Xcel Energy Center 18,568 2000
Nashville Predators Nashville, Tennessee Bridgestone Arena 17,113 1998
St. Louis Blues St. Louis, Missouri Enterprise Center 19,022 1967
Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg, Manitoba Bell MTS Place 18,750 2011
Pacific Anaheim Ducks Anaheim, California Honda Center 17,174 1993
Arizona Coyotes Glendale, Arizona Gila River Arena 18,000 1979
Calgary Flames Calgary, Alberta Scotiabank Saddledome 19,289 1972
Edmonton Oilers Edmonton, Alberta Rogers Place 18,641 1979
Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles, California Staples Center 18,118 1967
San Jose Sharks San Jose, California SAP Center at San Jose 17,496 1991
Vancouver Canucks Vancouver, British Columbia Rogers Arena 18,630 1970
Vegas Golden Knights Las Vegas, Nevada T-Mobile Arena 17,368 2017

StandingsEdit

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Metropolitan DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL ROW GF GA Pts
Washington Capitals 82 48 26 8 44 278 249 104
New York Islanders 82 48 27 7 43 228 196 103
Pittsburgh Penguins 82 44 26 12 42 273 241 100

Atlantic DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL ROW GF GA Pts
Tampa Bay Lightning 82 62 16 4 56 325 22 128
Boston Bruins 82 49 24 9 47 259 215 107
Toronto Maple Leafs 82 46 28 8 46 286 251 100

Eastern Conference Wild CardEdit

Team GP W L OL ROW GF GA Pts
Carolina Hurricanes 82 46 29 7 44 245 223 99
Columbus Blue Jackets 82 47 31 4 45 258 232 98
Montreal Canadiens 82 44 30 8 41 249 236 96
Florida Panthers 82 36 32 14 33 267 280 86
Philadelphia Flyers 82 37 37 8 34 244 281 82
New York Rangers 82 32 36 14 26 227 272 78
Buffalo Sabres 82 33 39 10 28 226 271 76
Detroit Red Wings 82 32 40 10 29 227 277 74
New Jersey Devils 82 31 41 10 28 222 275 72
Ottawa Senators 82 29 47 6 29 242 302 64

Western ConferenceEdit

Central Division DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL ROW GF GA Pts
Nashville Predators 82 47 29 6 43 240 214 100
Winnipeg Jets 82 47 30 5 45 272 244 99
St. Louis Blues 82 45 28 9 42 247 223 99

Pacific DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL ROW GF GA Pts
Calgary Flames 82 50 25 7 50 289 227 107
San Jose Sharks 82 46 27 9 46 289 261 101
Vegas Golden Knights 82 43 32 7 40 249 230 93

Western Conference Wild CardEdit

Team GP W L OL ROW GF GA Pts
Dallas Stars 82 43 32 7 42 210 202 93
Colorado Avalanche 82 38 30 14 36 260 246 90
Arizona Coyotes 82 39 35 8 35 213 223 86
Chicago Blackhawks 82 36 34 12 33 270 292 84
Minnesota Wild 82 37 36 9 36 211 237 83
Vancouver Canucks 82 35 36 11 29 225 254 81
Anaheim Ducks 82 35 37 10 32 199 251 80
Edmonton Oilers 82 35 38 9 32 232 274 79
Los Angeles Kings 82 31 42 9 28 202 263 71

Stanley Cup PlayoffsEdit

FormatEdit

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.

Atlantic Division SemifinalsEdit

Metropolitan Division SemifinalsEdit

Central Division SemifinalsEdit

Pacific Division SemifinalsEdit

Atlantic Division FinalEdit

Metropolitan Division FinalEdit

Central Division FinalEdit

Pacific Division FinalEdit

Eastern Conference FinalEdit

Western Conference FinalEdit

Stanley Cup FinalEdit

The St. Louis Blues win the Stanley Cup. Ryan O'Reilly was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as Stanley Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player

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