How will the NHL playoffs work in 2021? Team, format, Stanley Cup bullying bracket
Here are the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs.
But that’s the only normal thing this year.
On the one hand, the regular season and post-season overlap as the Northern Division ends things after a hiatus for the COVID-19 Canucks, which lasted nearly three weeks. That happened in late March / early April, after things changed about the divisions.
The way to lift Lord Stanley’s Cup starting on Saturday 15 May, here’s a quick look at who, what and why for 2021.
How was the 2021 NHL season structured?
The 2021 season is (almost) over, a quick reminder of how things got here.
First, the season started on January 13 with a 56-match sprint, with 10 teams hitting the ice, including 2020 Stanley Cup champion Lightning. Curious fact: two of those games also had the same game in the first round of the playoffs this season; du The Maple Leafs beat the Canadians 5-4 in overtime and the Blues beat Avalanche 4-1.
The team split into four new departments (but only for this season) because the Canadian and U.S. borders were closed (it was extended until May 21, for now) and to limit travel. The games were kept in inter-departmental game eight to 10 times with teams facing their individual enemies. Each member of their division played eight times in the East, Central, and West; The North was a bit of a mess but the fans saw it 10 (!) Battles of Alberta.
Eastern Division: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals
Northern Division: Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Winnipeg Jets
Western Division: Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks, Vegas Golden Knights
Central Division: Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning
What teams are in the 2021 NHL playoffs?
Gone is the summer bubble hockey qualifying phase. The normal number of teams moved to Stanley Cup in 2021, when 16 clubs were missing.
These are the teams that will compete for the Stanley Cup and their ranking.
Eastern Division: (1) Penguins (2) Capitals (3) Bruins (4) Islanders
Northern Division: (1) Maples (2) Oilers (3) Sharps (4) Canadians
Western Division: (1) Snowfall (2) Golden Knights (3) Wild (4) Blues
Central Division: (1) Hurricanes (2) Panthers (3) Lightning (4) Predators
Who won the 2021 Presidential Trophy?
The final game of the avalanche came, but a 5-1 win over the Kings gave Colorado the trophy for the third president of the franchise. Two more times? In 1997 and then in 2001, it was the last time the team won the Stanley Cup.
Along with the win, the Snowfall overtook the Golden Knights for first place (thanks to 35 regular wins). And maybe the game wasn’t so entertaining after the Avs started knocking down the Kings, Vegas President Robin Lehner’s tweets kept things clear.
It has been my fault that we are not winning presidential trophies but … I will blame him @LAKings for that. It makes me feel a little better. They have a bright future with cal Petersen.
– Robin Lehner (@RobinLehner) May 14, 2021
2021 Stanley Cup Support
How will the 2021 NHL playoffs work?
With the changes made to the divisions, things are a little different this year. A normal element is that each series will be the best of the seven.
Here is the distribution:
Eastern Division: (1) Penguins Vs. (4) Islanders; (2) Capitals vs. (3) Bruins
Northern Division: (1) Maple Leafs Vs. (4) Canadians; (2) Oilers Vs. (3) Jet
Western Division: (1) Avalanche vs. (4) Blues; (2) Golden Knights Vs. (3) Basatia
Central Division: (1) Hurricanes Vs. (4) Predators; (2) Panthers Vs. (3) Lightning
The first qualifier in each level will play in fourth place and the numbers 2 and 3 will be joined.
The winners of these first round meetings will face off to crown a division winner.
Once the divisions have finished their game, the remaining four teams will advance to the Stanley Cup semifinals. The four teams will be re-ranked based on the total points scored in the regular season with the team with the fewest points. The winners of the semifinals fought in the 2021 Stanley Cup Final.
Sorry, but there will be no awards for the Prince of Wales Trophy or the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl in 2021.
Are fans allowed?
With 12 teams in the U.S. spending some time getting fans into their buildings, some teams have been increasing their capacity lately. In Canada, as a regular season, fans will not be able to attend.
NHL playoff fan capacity:
St. Louis: 9,000
Tampa Bay: 7,000
New York Islanders: 6,800
Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Winnipeg: 0
– Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) May 14, 2021
Where will the winner of the Northern Division play?
Because of the closure of the U.S.-Canada border and the condition that Canada is in the face of quarantine, there has been some debate as to whether the group should be relocated. If the Canadian government doesn’t allow cross-border travel, it looks like the Canadian division champion will be relocated south of the border to an NHL city (his team hasn’t made the playoffs).
Greg Wyshynski of ESPN he complained that the NHL has told the Canadian government that he will need to know by June 1, which is one day after the end of the first round, if he goes too far.