2018–19 NHL season
The 2018–19 NHL season was the 102nd season of operation (101st season of play) of the National Hockey League. 31 teams competed in an 82-game regular season. The regular season began on October 3, 2018, and ended on April 6, 2019. The 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs began on April 10, 2019, and the Stanley Cup Finals concluded on June 12, 2019, with the St. Louis Blues winning their first Stanley Cup in the Finals over the Boston Bruins in seven games.
|2018–19 NHL season|
|League||National Hockey League|
|Duration||October 3, 2018 – June 12, 2019|
|Number of games||82|
|Number of teams||31|
|Top draft pick||Rasmus Dahlin|
|Picked by||Buffalo Sabres|
|Presidents' Trophy||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|Season MVP||Nikita Kucherov (Lightning)|
|Top scorer||Nikita Kucherov (Lightning)|
|Eastern champions||Boston Bruins|
|Eastern runners-up||Carolina Hurricanes|
|Western champions||St. Louis Blues|
|Western runners-up||San Jose Sharks|
|Champions||St. Louis Blues|
|Conn Smythe Trophy||Ryan O'Reilly (Blues)|
|1||y – Washington Capitals||82||48||26||8||44||278||249||+29||104|
|2||x – New York Islanders||82||48||27||7||43||228||196||+32||103|
|3||x – Pittsburgh Penguins||82||44||26||12||42||273||241||+32||100|
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division
|1||p – Tampa Bay Lightning||82||62||16||4||56||325||222||+103||128|
|2||x – Boston Bruins||82||49||24||9||47||259||215||+44||107|
|3||x – Toronto Maple Leafs||82||46||28||8||46||286||251||+35||100|
p – Clinched Presidents' Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot
|1||ME||x – Carolina Hurricanes||82||46||29||7||44||245||223||+22||99|
|2||ME||x – Columbus Blue Jackets||82||47||31||4||45||258||232||+26||98|
|6||ME||New York Rangers||82||32||36||14||26||227||272||−45||78|
|8||AT||Detroit Red Wings||82||32||40||10||29||227||277||−50||74|
|9||ME||New Jersey Devils||82||31||41||10||28||222||275||−53||72|
x – Clinched playoff spot
|1||y – Nashville Predators||82||47||29||6||43||240||214||+26||100|
|2||x – Winnipeg Jets||82||47||30||5||45||272||244||+28||99|
|3||x – St. Louis Blues||82||45||28||9||42||247||223||+24||99|
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division
|1||z – Calgary Flames||82||50||25||7||50||289||227||+62||107|
|2||x – San Jose Sharks||82||46||27||9||46||289||261||+28||101|
|3||x – Vegas Golden Knights||82||43||32||7||40||249||230||+19||93|
x – Clinched playoff spot; z – Clinched conference
|1||CE||x – Dallas Stars||82||43||32||7||42||210||202||+8||93|
|2||CE||x – Colorado Avalanche||82||38||30||14||36||260||246||+14||90|
|9||PA||Los Angeles Kings||82||31||42||9||28||202||263||−61||71|
x – Clinched playoff spot
1. Fewer number of games played
2. Greater Regulation + OT Wins (ROW)
3. Greatest number of points earned in head-to-head play (If teams played an uneven number of head-to-head games, the result of the first game on the home ice of the team with the extra home game is discarded.)
4. Greater Goal differential
In each round, teams compete in a best-of-seven series following a 2–2–1–1–1 format (scores in the bracket indicate the number of games won in each best-of-seven series). The team with home ice advantage plays at home for games one and two (and games five and seven, if necessary), and the other team is at home for games three and four (and game six, if necessary). The top three teams in each division make the playoffs, along with two wild cards in each conference, for a total of eight teams from each conference.
In the First Round, the lower seeded wild card in the conference plays against the division winner with the best record while the other wild card plays against the other division winner, and both wild cards are de facto #4 seeds. The other series match the second and third place teams from the divisions. In the first two rounds, home ice advantage is awarded to the team with the better seed. Thereafter, it is awarded to the team that had more points in the regular season followed by the tie breakers, if necessary.
|First Round||Second Round||Conference Finals||Stanley Cup Finals|
- A1, A2, A3 – The first, second, and third place teams from the Atlantic Division, respectively
- M1, M2, M3 – The first, second, and third place teams from the Metropolitan Division, respectively
- C1, C2, C3 – The first, second, and third place teams from the Central Division, respectively
- P1, P2, P3 – The first, second, and third place teams from the Pacific Division, respectively
- WC – Wild Card teams
The following players led the league in regular season points at the conclusion of games played on April 6, 2019.
|Nikita Kucherov||Tampa Bay Lightning||82||41||87||128||+24||62|
|Connor McDavid||Edmonton Oilers||78||41||75||116||+3||20|
|Patrick Kane||Chicago Blackhawks||81||44||66||110||+2||22|
|Leon Draisaitl||Edmonton Oilers||82||50||55||105||+2||52|
|Brad Marchand||Boston Bruins||79||36||64||100||+15||96|
|Sidney Crosby||Pittsburgh Penguins||79||35||65||100||+18||36|
|Nathan MacKinnon||Colorado Avalanche||82||41||58||99||+20||34|
|Johnny Gaudreau||Calgary Flames||82||36||63||99||+18||24|
|Steven Stamkos||Tampa Bay Lightning||82||45||53||98||+4||37|
|Aleksander Barkov||Florida Panthers||82||35||61||96||–3||8|
|Jordan Binnington||St. Louis Blues||32||1,876:25||24||5||1||59||5||.927||1.89|
|Ben Bishop||Dallas Stars||46||2,637:18||27||15||2||87||7||.934||1.98|
|Robin Lehner||New York Islanders||46||2,615:49||25||13||5||93||6||.930||2.13|
|Thomas Greiss||New York Islanders||43||2,293:42||23||14||2||87||5||.927||2.28|
|Darcy Kuemper||Arizona Coyotes||55||3,251:15||27||20||8||126||5||.925||2.33|
|Jaroslav Halak||Boston Bruins||40||2,308:07||22||11||4||90||5||.922||2.34|
|Petr Mrazek||Carolina Hurricanes||40||2,386:51||23||14||3||95||4||.914||2.39|
|Andrei Vasilevskiy||Tampa Bay Lightning||53||3,203:45||39||10||4||128||6||.925||2.40|
|Pekka Rinne||Nashville Predators||56||3,219:44||30||19||4||130||4||.918||2.42|
|Tuukka Rask||Boston Bruins||46||2,635:09||27||13||5||109||4||.912||2.48|
The league's awards will be presented at the NHL Awards ceremony, to be held following the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs at a site to be determined. Finalists for voted awards are announced during the playoffs and winners are presented at the award ceremony. Voting will conclude immediately after the end of the regular season. The Presidents' Trophy, the Prince of Wales Trophy and Clarence S. Campbell Bowl are not presented at the awards ceremony. The Lester Patrick Trophy is announced during the summer and presented in the fall.
|Stanley Cup||St. Louis Blues||Boston Bruins|
(Best regular-season record)
|Tampa Bay Lightning||Calgary Flames|
|Prince of Wales Trophy
(Eastern Conference champion)
|Boston Bruins||Carolina Hurricanes|
|Clarence S. Campbell Bowl
(Western Conference champion)
|St. Louis Blues||San Jose Sharks|
|Art Ross Trophy
(Player with most points)
|Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning)||Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers)|
|Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
(Perseverance, Sportsmanship, and Dedication)
|Robin Lehner (New York Islanders)||Nick Foligno (Columbus Blue Jackets)|
Joe Thornton (San Jose Sharks)
|Calder Memorial Trophy
(Best first-year player)
|Elias Pettersson (Vancouver Canucks)||Jordan Binnington (St. Louis Blues)|
Rasmus Dahlin (Buffalo Sabres)
|Conn Smythe Trophy
(Most valuable player, playoffs)
|Ryan O' Reilly (St. Louis Blues)||N/A|
|Frank J. Selke Trophy
|Ryan O'Reilly (St. Louis Blues)||Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)|
Mark Stone (Ottawa Senators/Vegas Golden Knights)
|Hart Memorial Trophy
(Most valuable player, regular season)
|Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning)||Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)|
Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers)
|Jack Adams Award
|Barry Trotz (New York Islanders)||Craig Berube (St. Louis Blues)|
Jon Cooper (Tampa Bay Lightning)
|James Norris Memorial Trophy
|Mark Giordano (Calgary Flames)||Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks)|
Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
|King Clancy Memorial Trophy
(Leadership and humanitarian contribution)
|Jason Zucker (Minnesota Wild)||Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Arizona Coyotes)|
Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers)
|Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
(Sportsmanship and excellence)
|Aleksander Barkov (Florida Panthers)||Sean Monahan (Calgary Flames)|
Ryan O'Reilly (St. Louis Blues)
|Ted Lindsay Award
|Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning)||Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks)|
Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers)
|Mark Messier Leadership Award
(Leadership and community activities)
|Wayne Simmonds (Philadelphia Flyers/Nashville Predators)||Mark Giordano (Calgary Flames)|
Justin Williams (Carolina Hurricanes)
|Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy
|Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)||Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers)|
|NHL General Manager of the Year Award
(Top general manager)
|Don Sweeney (Boston Bruins)||Doug Armstrong (St. Louis Blues)|
Don Waddell (Carolina Hurricanes)
|Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay Lightning)||Ben Bishop (Dallas Stars)|
Robin Lehner (New York Islanders)
|William M. Jennings Trophy
(Goaltender(s) of team with fewest goals against)
|Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss (New York Islanders)||Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin (Dallas Stars)|
|Lester Patrick Trophy
(Service to ice hockey in U.S.)
The following is a list of notable players who played their first NHL game during the 2018–19 season, listed with their first team.
|Rasmus Dahlin||Buffalo Sabres||First overall pick in the 2018 Draft|
|Elias Pettersson||Vancouver Canucks||2018–19 Calder Memorial Trophy winner|
|Roberto Luongo||Florida Panthers||William M. Jennings Trophy winner, 489 career games won, over 1,000 career games played, two-time NHL All-Star Team selection, six-time NHL All-Star|
|Brooks Orpik||Washington Capitals||Over 1,000 career games played.|
|Tomas Plekanec||Montreal Canadiens||Over 1,000 career games played.|
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