The best thing about the playoffs in any sport is that every team has an equal chance to win a championship when the playoffs start. The biggest thing is just getting there.
That's when anything can happen.
This season the obvious choices for a Stanley Cup final played out, but last year the Montreal Canadiens, an eighth ranked Eastern Conference team, went all the way to the Conference Finals on the back of Jaroslav Halak.
They went up against the seventh ranked Philadelphia Flyers in that final, eventually losing in five games to the bigger and stronger Flyers squad.
In the West that year, mostly all the top ranked teams advanced in the playoffs, as was expected. But with that said, its all about just getting there. That's where the Cup runs and magic begins.
Here is a listing of the main reason why each NHL team could make the playoffs next season.