A lot of people are asking why the NHL is limiting the playoffs to two games in the West.
That’s because of the Tampa area.
And while it’s true that the NHL doesn’t have the luxury of allowing more games in Florida, it’s still important for those teams to make the playoffs, too.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will face the Anaheim Ducks in Game 1 of the first round in Anaheim on Wednesday night.
Here are some of the things you need to know about the Stanley Cup Playoffs.1.
Who is in the Western Conference playoff picture?
There are three teams in the NHL with a chance to make a push to make it to the Stanley Championship.
The Pittsburgh Penguins, the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Bruins are all playoff-bound.
The San Jose Sharks are playing the Colorado Avalanche in Game 3 of their second round series, which is Wednesday night in Denver.
And the San Jose Kings and Edmonton Oilers will meet in Game 5 of the second round of the playoffs.
All three teams are battling for the final wild card spot in the conference.
The Western Conference standings are as follows:The Eastern Conference standings:1.
Pittsburgh Penguins (42-20-5)The Penguins have won six of the past seven meetings, including the playoffs last year, when they swept the New York Rangers in seven games.
They are 11-1-1 against the West this season and have won three straight.
The Penguins are on a five-game win streak, including four straight victories over the Sharks, Sharks, Bruins and Oilers.
They will face a Los Angeles team that has won three in a row, and will look to stay unbeaten in the series when it hosts Pittsburgh in Game 2.2.
Los Angeles (39-20)Los Angeles is in a much better position than Pittsburgh to make their way into the postseason.
The Kings, who finished last season with a record of 31-30-3, have won five of their last six games and are 14-2-1.
They were 3-3-1 last season but have dropped three of their past four games.
Los Angeles has a chance because of a strong defensive corps, which has allowed just 19 goals this season, third fewest in the league.
The team is averaging 1.5 goals per game, the third best in the League.
The Ducks, meanwhile, are allowing 1.3 goals per contest, second fewest.
The Sharks are averaging 1 (1st) and have allowed 3.5.
The Oilers are averaging 2.3 and have given up 5.4 goals per night.3.
Anaheim Ducks (42.2-19-4)The Ducks are 13-0-1 in their past 16 games against the Western Hockey League and have a seven-game winning streak.
They won two straight games against Los Angeles before a three-game sweep of the Sharks on March 1.
The Ducks have the best record in the Central Division at 6-3.
They have won four straight against the Pacific Division and have the second best record against the Central at 5-2.4.
Colorado Avalanche (37-21-4-1)The Avalanche have a 6-4 record in their last eight games against Western Hockey Division opponents.
They went 8-2 against the Bruins last season and are 7-2 this season.
The Avalanche have allowed one goal or fewer in all five games this season against the East.5