Hi!! Welcome to the hockey family on tumblr. Usually team skill levels change per year, but some consistently great teams are the New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and the Chicago Blackhawks. It varies per year though. Championships work like this: 16 teams make playoffs per year, 8 from the eastern conference and 8 from the western conference. In the first round of playoffs, there are four matches per conference in which teams play against each other in games that are best out of 7 (one team has to win four games in order to advance and eliminate the other team). After the first round, four teams are eliminated from each conference, leaving 8 teams left in the playoff race. In the second round, the four teams from each conference will be matched up and play another round of best out of 7 games, and the two teams from each conference that lose will be eliminated, leaving only four more teams. In the third round, or Conference Finals, the two remaining teams from each conference will play each other in another round of best-out-of-7. The two winning teams, one from the western conference and one from the eastern conference, will move onto the Stanley Cup Final and will play each other in one final round of best-out-of-7 games. The first team to win 4 games wins the Stanley Cup.
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