National Hockey League Fast Facts

National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional hockey league with 32 teams located across the United States and Canada. The league has two conferences with two divisions each, Eastern (Metropolitan, Atlantic), and Western (Central, Pacific).

NHL Regular Season

Each NHL team plays 82 regular season games beginning in October and ending in April.

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Stanley Cup playoffs include eight teams per conference. The top three in each division by points earn a playoff birth. Two wild card teams from each conference earn a birth. Home-ice in rounds one and two go to the highest ranked regular-season team. Each series is seven games (2–2–1–1–1).

NHL Stanley Cup Finals

The Stanley Cup Finals is a best of seven championship series (2–2–1–1–1) played in June.