Newspaper article The Canadian Press

NHL Announces Additional Playoff Tiebreaking Procedure for Flyers and Panthers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

NHL Announces Additional Playoff Tiebreaking Procedure for Flyers and Panthers

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NHL announces additional playoff tiebreaker

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NEW YORK - The NHL has never held a tiebreaker game for a playoff spot, but the ground rules have been set in the event one is needed this season.

The league announced Friday the Philadelphia Flyers and Florida Panthers will take part in a play-in game if the teams sit knotted in three separate tiebreaker categories at the conclusion of the regular-season schedule.

The NHL uses combined regulation and overtime wins as its first tiebreaker, followed by points in a season series -- excluding the first extra home game for a team -- and then goal differential for the entire campaign.

Philadelphia (41-26-14) currently occupies the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with one game left on its schedule, while Florida (42-30-8) has two games remaining. …

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