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This is the 2016-17 National Hockey League season. This is the league's 100th season of operation (99th of play)  Each team is scheduled to play 82 games.  The regular season is scheduled to rune from October 12, 2016 through April 9, 2017.  The Stanley Cup playoffs will begin on April 12th and run through mid-June.


The pre-season schedule will consist of 106 games played over the course of 15 days. Pre-season games will be held at 13 different non-NHL arenas including  the T-Mobile Arena, the future home of the Las Vegas expansion team will have the Los Angeles Kings hosting games on October 7th and 8th. Kraft Hockeyville winners Lumby, BC and Marquette, Michigan will host games on October 2nd at Kal Tire Place and Lakeview Arena on October 8th respectively. Ten other facilities will host games durng the pre-season including Penn State will host a game at the Pegula Ice Arena and the Tate Rink at the United States Military Academy.

Membership changesEdit

  • None for 2016-17; however on June 22, 2016 the league awarded an expansion team to a group based in Las Vegas, Nevada that will begin play with the 2017-18 season.

Arena changesEdit

Outdoor GamesEdit

All Star GameEdit


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Location of NHL teams 2015-16

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Division Team City Arena Capacity Joined NHL
Atlantic Boston Bruins Boston, Massachusetts TD Garden 17,565 1924
Buffalo Sabres Buffalo, New York First Niagara Center 18,690 1970
Detroit Red Wings Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena (2016-17); New Detroit Arena (2017-18) 20,066 1926
Florida Panthers Sunrise, Florida BB&T Center 19,452 1993
Montreal Canadiens Montreal, Quebec Bell Centre 21,273 1917
Ottawa Senators Ottawa, Ontario Canadian Tire Centre 20,500 1992
Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa, Florida Amalie Arena 19,500 1992
Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto, Ontario Air Canada Centre 18,800 1917
Metropolitan Carolina Hurricanes Raleigh, North Carolina PNC Arena 18,639 1979
Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus, Ohio Nationwide Arena 18,136 2000
New Jersey Devils Newark, New Jersey Prudential Center 17,625 1974
New York Islanders Brooklyn, New York Barclays Center 16,234 1972
New York Rangers New York, New York Madison Square Garden 18,200 1926
Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wells Fargo Center 19,500 1967
Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Consol Energy Center 18,087 1967
Washington Capitals Washington, D.C. Verizon Center 18,277 1974

Western ConferenceEdit

Division Team City Arena Capacity Joined NHL
Central Chicago Blackhawks Chicago, Illinois United Center 19,717 1926
Colorado Avalanche Denver, Colorado Pepsi Center 18,007 1979
Dallas Stars Dallas, Texas American Airlines Center 18,500 1967
Minnesota Wild St. Paul, Minnesota Xcel Energy Center 18,568 2000
Nashville Predators Nashville, Tennessee Bridgestone Arena 17,113 1998
St. Louis Blues St. Louis, Missouri Scottrade Center 19,022 1967
Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg, Manitoba MTS Center 18,750 2011
Pacific Anaheim Ducks Anaheim, California Honda Center 17,174 1993
Arizona Coyotes Glendale, Arizona Gila River Arena 18,000 1979
Calgary Flames Calgary, Alberta Scotiabank Saddledome 19,289 1972
Edmonton Oilers Edmonton, Alberta Rogers Place 18,641 2016
Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles, California Staples Center 18,118 1967
San Jose Sharks San Jose, California SAP Center at San Jose 17,496 1991
Vancouver Canucks Vancouver, British Columbia Rogers Arena 18,630 1970


To be added upon completion of the regular season

2017 Stanley Cup PlayoffsEdit


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.

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