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.
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.
The New York Islanders move half of their home games back to the Nassau Coliseum after renovations are completed. The remainder of the home games will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn until their new arena at Belmont Park opens in what is hoped to be in time for the 2021-22 season.
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.