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Eastern Conference

Northeast Division

 WLTPtsGFGADif
*Pittsburgh40241898228188+40
Boston39301391221194+27
Buffalo36291789211187+24
Montreal37321387235208+27
Ottawa34331583193200-7
Carolina3341874200219-19
 Head Coaches: Pit— Kevin Constantine (1st season); Bos— Pat Burns (1st); Buf— Lindy Ruff (1st); Mon— Alain Vigneault (1st); Ott— Jacques Martin (3rd); Car— Paul Maurice (3rd).
 1996-97 Standings: 1. Buffalo (40-30-12, 92 points); 2. Pittsburgh (38-36-8, 84 pts); 3. Ottawa (31-36-15, 77 pts); 4. Montreal (31-36-15, 77 pts); 5. Hartford (32-39-11, 75 pts); 6. Boston (26-47-9, 61).

Atlantic Division

 WLTPtsGFGADif
*New Jersey482311107225166+59
Philadelphia42291195242193+49
Washington40301292219202+17
NY Islanders30411171212225-13
NY Rangers25391868197231-34
Florida24431563203256-53
Tampa Bay17551044151269-118
 Head Coaches: NJ— Jacques Lemaire (5th); Phi— moved Wayne Cashman (1st, 32-20-9) to asst. on March 9 and replaced him with Roger Neilson (10-9-2); Wash— Ron Wilson (1st); NYI— fired Rick Bowness (2nd, 22-32-9) on March 11 and replaced him with GM Mike Milbury (8-9-2); NYR— fired Colin Campbell (4th, 17-24-16) on Feb. 18 and replaced him with John Muckler (8-15-2); Fla— fired Doug MacLean (4th, 7-12-4) on Nov. 24 and replaced him with GM Bryan Murray (17-31-11); TB— fired Terry Crisp (6th, 2-7-2) on Oct. 26 and replaced him with interim coach Rick Paterson (0-4) and then Jacques Demers (15-44-8) on Nov. 12.
 1996-97 Standings: 1. New Jersey (45-23-14, 104 points); 2. Philadelphia (45-24-13, 103 pts); 3. Florida (35-28-19, 89 pts); 4. NY Rangers (38-34-10, 86 pts); 5. Washington (33-40-9, 75 pts); 6. Tampa Bay (32-40-10, 74); 7. NY Islanders (29-41-12, 70 pts).

Division champions (*) and playoff qualifiers (†) are noted. Number of seasons listed after each head coach refers to current tenure with club through 1997-98 season.


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