The idea is that NHL teams want to go into the Stanley Cup playoffs playing their best hockey of the season.
A team that has momentum will go into the postseason with its confidence surging, and that gives it a chance to survive and advance.
However, the NHL playoffs don't often go according to form. Last year, the Vancouver Canucks went into the playoffs as the Presidents' Trophy winners. They were the best team in the NHL in the regular season, yet they were defeated in the first round of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Kings in five games.
With the playoffs about to get underway, we examine the recent form and the stock watch of every team that is playing postseason hockey.