Western Conference Playoff Chances
Anaheim +9.8, Winnipeg -10.8
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16 teams will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The format is a set bracket that is largely division-based with wild cards. The top three teams in each division will make up the first 12 teams in the playoffs. The remaining four spots will be filled by the next two highest-placed finishers in each conference, based on regular-season record and regardless of division. It is possible for one division in each conference to send five teams to the postseason while the other sends just three.
Who should we root for? Explain
* A starred outcome could have no effect or just a really small effect. The simulation did not run long enough to know.
First Round Opponents
Who is going to play who in the first round of the playoffs. Explain