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There is a hard bracket system for the NHL this season and they do not re-seed.


Thank you.  I *thought* I had seen this somewhere but asked rather than looking it up (I was told otherwise on here).  I just finally looked it up and you are correct.


Thanks!   (nevermind about Bruins playing all Original Six teams, then.   Although, I suppose it could still go Detroit, Canadians, Rangers, Hawks).

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OK - just for the record in case someone else hasn't said it...


There is a hard bracket system for the NHL this season and they do not re-seed.


2nd/3rd place teams in the division play each other.


Division winners play wild cards.


Within each division, the winner of 1st/WC plays winner of 2nd/3rd.


Each "division" bracket winner plays in the Conference Final.


I do not believe a wild card team can get home ice unless they play each other in the Conference Final.

That was my bad, I missed the hard bracket. Just another little quibble I have with the playoff system this year. But like I said, our sport changes the rules more often than some people change underwear so they will make adjustments within a year or two....

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