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NHL Conference Finals

                   

The National Hockey League (NHL) Conference Finals are the Eastern Conference and Western Conference championship series of the NHL. The Conference Finals are best-of-seven series. The two series are played in late May each year after the first and second rounds of the playoffs and before the Stanley Cup Final. The remaining two teams in each conference face each other. The winners of the Eastern and Western Conference Finals receive the Prince of Wales Trophy and Clarence S. Campbell Bowl respectively. The two Conference champions go on to the Stanley Cup Final.

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  History

Before the 1967–68 season, the NHL was made up only of a single division. From the 1967–68 season through the 1973–74 season, the NHL was made up of two divisions (as opposed to conferences), the East Division and the West Division.

Following the 1973–74 season, the NHL again realigned. The East and West Divisions were renamed the Prince of Wales and Clarence Campbell Conferences, respectively. At the time, the new conferences and divisions had little to do with North American geography and geographical references were removed.

Beginning in the 1981–82 season, the conferences and the playoffs were realigned. The NHL was hoping to reduce travel costs in the face of a struggling economy and high energy prices. The regular season and playoffs were also altered to emphasize divisional match-ups.

Beginning in the 1993–94 season, the names of conferences and divisions were changed to reflect their geographic locations. At the instigation of then-new NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, the NHL made the change to help non-hockey fans better understand the game, as the National Basketball Association, National Football League, and Major League Baseball all use geographic-based names for their conferences and divisions. Therefore, the Campbell Conference became the Western Conference and the Wales Conference became the Eastern Conference. The respective winners of the Eastern and Western Conference Finals receive the Prince of Wales Trophy and Clarence S. Campbell Bowl.

Three currently active franchises (Nashville Predators, Winnipeg Jets (formerly the Atlanta Thrashers), and Columbus Blue Jackets) have never appeared in a Conference Final. The Hurricanes, when known as the Hartford Whalers, and the Coyotes, when known as the original Winnipeg Jets, never appeared in a Conference Final. The Phoenix Coyotes appeared in their first Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Playoffs, after defeating Nashville in 5 games during the conference semifinals.

  Prince of Wales Conference/Eastern Conference

  Prince of Wales Conference (1982–1993)

Year Champion Runner-Up Games Eventual Cup Winner
1982 New York Islanders Quebec Nordiques 4
1983 New York Islanders Boston Bruins 6
1984 New York Islanders Montreal Canadiens 6
1985 Philadelphia Flyers Quebec Nordiques 6
1986 Montreal Canadiens New York Rangers 5
1987 Philadelphia Flyers Montreal Canadiens 6
1988 Boston Bruins New Jersey Devils 7
1989 Montreal Canadiens Philadelphia Flyers 6
1990 Boston Bruins Washington Capitals 4
1991 Pittsburgh Penguins Boston Bruins 6
1992 Pittsburgh Penguins Boston Bruins 4
1993 Montreal Canadiens New York Islanders 5

  Eastern Conference (Since 1994)

Year Champion Runner-Up Games Eventual Cup Winner
1994 New York Rangers New Jersey Devils 7
1995 New Jersey Devils Philadelphia Flyers 6
1996 Florida Panthers Pittsburgh Penguins 7
1997 Philadelphia Flyers New York Rangers 5
1998 Washington Capitals Buffalo Sabres 6
1999 Buffalo Sabres Toronto Maple Leafs 5
2000 New Jersey Devils Philadelphia Flyers 7
2001 New Jersey Devils Pittsburgh Penguins 5
2002 Carolina Hurricanes Toronto Maple Leafs 6
2003 New Jersey Devils Ottawa Senators 7
2004 Tampa Bay Lightning Philadelphia Flyers 7
No Conference Finals played due to the lockout.
2006 Carolina Hurricanes Buffalo Sabres 7
2007 Ottawa Senators Buffalo Sabres 5
2008 Pittsburgh Penguins Philadelphia Flyers 5
2009 Pittsburgh Penguins Carolina Hurricanes 4
2010 Philadelphia Flyers Montreal Canadiens 5
2011 Boston Bruins Tampa Bay Lightning 7
2012 New Jersey Devils New York Rangers 6

  Clarence Campbell Conference/Western Conference

  Clarence Campbell Conference (1982–1993)

Year Champion Runner-Up Games Eventual Cup Winner
1982 Vancouver Canucks Chicago Black Hawks 5
1983 Edmonton Oilers Chicago Black Hawks 4
1984 Edmonton Oilers Minnesota North Stars 4
1985 Edmonton Oilers Chicago Black Hawks 6
1986 Calgary Flames St. Louis Blues 7
1987 Edmonton Oilers Detroit Red Wings 5
1988 Edmonton Oilers Detroit Red Wings 5
1989 Calgary Flames Chicago Blackhawks 5
1990 Edmonton Oilers Chicago Blackhawks 6
1991 Minnesota North Stars Edmonton Oilers 5
1992 Chicago Blackhawks Edmonton Oilers 4
1993 Los Angeles Kings Toronto Maple Leafs 7

  Western Conference (Since 1994)

Year Champion Runner-Up Games Eventual Cup Winner
1994 Vancouver Canucks Toronto Maple Leafs 5
1995 Detroit Red Wings Chicago Blackhawks 5
1996 Colorado Avalanche Detroit Red Wings 6
1997 Detroit Red Wings Colorado Avalanche 6
1998 Detroit Red Wings Dallas Stars 6
1999 Dallas Stars Colorado Avalanche 7
2000 Dallas Stars Colorado Avalanche 7
2001 Colorado Avalanche St. Louis Blues 5
2002 Detroit Red Wings Colorado Avalanche 7
2003 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Minnesota Wild 4
2004 Calgary Flames San Jose Sharks 6
No Conference Finals played due to the lockout.
2006 Edmonton Oilers Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 5
2007 Anaheim Ducks Detroit Red Wings 6
2008 Detroit Red Wings Dallas Stars 6
2009 Detroit Red Wings Chicago Blackhawks 5
2010 Chicago Blackhawks San Jose Sharks 4
2011 Vancouver Canucks San Jose Sharks 5
2012 Los Angeles Kings Phoenix Coyotes 5

  Team totals

Legend: CF = Conference Final; SCF = Stanley Cup Final; Bolded year denotes win

Team CF appearances CF wins % Cup wins % Last CF Consecutive CF Consecutive SCF
appearances
Detroit Red Wings 10 6 60% 4 66.7% 2009 4 2
Edmonton Oilers 9 7 77.8% 5 71.4% 2006 3 3
Philadelphia Flyers 9 4 44.4% 2 50% 2010 - -
Chicago Blackhawks 9 2 22.2% 1 50% 2010 2 -
Colorado Avalanche 8 2 25% 2 100% 2002 4 -
New Jersey Devils 7 5 71.4% 3 75% 2012 2 2
Pittsburgh Penguins 6 4 66.7% 3 75% 2009 2 2
Boston Bruins 6 3 50% 1 33.3% 2011 3 -
Dallas Stars 6 3 50% 1 33.3% 2008 3 2
Montreal Canadiens 6 3 50% 2 66.7% 2010 2 -
New York Islanders 4 3 75% 2 66.7% 1993 3 3
Buffalo Sabres 4 1 25% 0 0% 2007 2 -
New York Rangers 4 1 25% 1 100% 2012 - -
Toronto Maple Leafs 4 0 0% 0 0% 2002 2 -
Calgary Flames 3 3 100% 1 33.3% 2004 - -
Vancouver Canucks 3 3 100% 0 0% 2011 - -
Anaheim Ducks 3 2 66.7% 1 50% 2007 2 -
Carolina Hurricanes 3 2 66.7% 1 50% 2009 - -
San Jose Sharks 3 0 0% 0 0% 2011 2 -
Los Angeles Kings 2 2 100% 1 50% 2012 - -
Ottawa Senators 2 1 50% 0 0% 2007 - -
Tampa Bay Lightning 2 1 50% 1 100% 2011 - -
Washington Capitals 2 1 50% 0 0% 1998 - -
St. Louis Blues 2 0 0% 0 0% 2001 - -
Florida Panthers 1 1 100% 0 0% 1996 - -
Minnesota Wild 1 0 0% 0 0% 2003 - -
Phoenix Coyotes 1 0 0% 0 0% 2012 - -

Note: The Colorado Avalanche totals include two Conference Finals appearances as the Quebec Nordiques (both losses), and the Dallas Stars totals include two Conference Finals appearances as the Minnesota North Stars (one win; subsequent Stanley Cup Final loss).

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