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After an action-packed final day of the NHL regular season on Saturday, the Stanley Cup bracket is finally decided.
The 2015 NHL playoff landscape looks drastically different to last year’s, as the defending Stanley Cup champions Los Angeles Kings and perennial contenders Boston Bruins are nowhere to be found.
In the Eastern Conference, while the Bruins were out, the Pittsburgh Penguins were in, as their 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres clinched the second wild-card spot. The Ottawa Senators earned the first wild card with their 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.
As for the Western Conference, the Anaheim Ducks clinched their second straight title and will face the Winnipeg Jets in the first round. The St. Louis Blues’ 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild set the matchup between Nashville and Chicago.
A whopping five Canadian teams have qualified for the playoffs: Winnipeg, Vancouver and Calgary in the Western Conference and Montreal and Ottawa in the Eastern Conference.
Of those five teams, two are wild cards (Winnipeg and Ottawa), one is a No. 3 seed (Calgary), one is a No. 2 seed (Vancouver) and Montreal is a No. 1 seed.
With five teams representing the country—as opposed to just one, Montreal, last year—Canada has a good chance of being represented in the Final. (Bleacherreport.com)
Here’s the complete playoff breakdown(below) from NHL.com