How many teams enter NHL playoffs? As has been the case since 1979-80, 16 teams will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The format now is a set bracket that is largely division-based with wild cards.
How does the playoff Work in NHL? Here’s how the playoffs work, via NHL.com: 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.
How many NHL teams make 2021 playoffs? That means the four divisions — the North, East, Central, and West — will send the top four teams in their respective divisions to the playoffs to make up the 16 teams.
How many players make the NHL playoffs? With the absorption of four teams from the World Hockey Association in the 1979–80 season, a new playoff system was introduced where 16 of the league’s 21 teams qualified for postseason play.