It’s the NHL playoffs.
It’s a busy week of trade rumors, players getting signed, trades, and more.
Here’s everything you need to know about the NHL playoff picture.1.
Who will win the Stanley Cup?
It’s a very tough question.
While some teams are better than others, the NHL’s top seeds have a good chance of getting to the Final, so it’s difficult to predict who will win.
Most fans have seen the playoffs for years, but there’s still time to see who emerges victorious.
For every franchise, there are several factors that can influence the outcome, so we’re still working through the possibilities.2.
Who’s going to win the Art Ross Trophy?
The Art Ross trophy, named after the founder of the Philadelphia Flyers, has been awarded since 1980 to the best defenseman in the NHL.
The last winner was Patrick Roy in 2011.
The award is voted on by players, coaches, and fans.
The award is awarded annually to the top defenseman in each of the league’s divisions.
Three players have won the trophy since 2010.
The first was Sidney Crosby in 2015, the second was Connor McDavid in 2017, and the third was Connor Carrick in 2017.3.
Who is going to be named the Stanley War Memorial MVP?
The honor goes to the NHL Players Association and is awarded to the league MVP for the regular season and postseason.
It was announced Monday, Nov. 30.
The winner is determined by a vote of all 30 NHL teams.
The trophy is also voted on during the NHL Awards show.
The 2017 MVP is Ryan McDonagh, who won the award with his third-period winner in a 4-3 overtime win over the Florida Panthers on Sunday.4.
Will the NHL have a free agency moratorium?
No, not yet.
There are currently three teams in the playoffs, but the league hasn’t decided on a final roster until January 13.
That’s when teams are scheduled to start signing free agents.
The league will have to wait until January to make a decision about whether or not to begin an open roster period.
That period will begin after the NHLPA votes on the league-mandated 30-man roster, which will be announced in mid-January.5.
Is the trade deadline for 2018 a real possibility?
The deadline to trade players in the first round of the draft, which starts Tuesday, is still scheduled for March 18, 2018.
That means the trade window has yet to open.
There’s no guarantee that a trade will happen.6.
Will players like Mike Richards, Evgeni Malkin, and Joe Pavelski get traded?
The NHLPA will decide whether or, if so, when it will make a move.
The union also has the power to determine if players are traded on waivers.
The trade window opens Tuesday, Jan. 4, and lasts through March 5.7.
How many players are going to play in the Stanley Final?
This is a very fluid area of the playoffs.
Teams that win the lottery in the draft will be able to make trades that could potentially help the next-place team.
The draft picks will go in the order of the most recent NHL picks.
Teams will also be allowed to trade their future first-round picks to move up to draft their second-rounders.8.
How do teams decide who to start with in the standings?
A team with fewer points will start with the top three and then trade their picks to get players like Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nick Foligno, and Andrei Markov.
Then, the teams with fewer wins will start the draft with the next two spots and then swap their picks for the remaining players in that order.9.
Will a team that’s ahead in the race be allowed an extra day to get back into the playoff race?
The league will give teams one extra day for each win and tie in a game to determine the final playoff spot.10.
Can teams keep players who were traded to the Wild and/or Ducks?
Yes, they can.
Teams can keep any players they acquired from the Ducks and/ or Wild.
The only exception is if the trade occurred during the 2016-17 season, and then those players would have to be traded in exchange for the player.11.
What is the format of the NHL Finals?
The Finals are played on two days each, with a second day for the post-season.
They will be held Jan. 5-7 in Los Angeles.
The two teams who advance to the Finals will play each other in the second round on Sunday, Jan 7.12.
What are the NHL rules regarding head-to-head matchups?
Head-to, head-and-head, and shootout will be played.
The head-up matchup will be decided by the first goal scored in the shootout.13.
What happens if both teams score first?
First-period goals will count