The MLB started the two-division-per-league system in 1969 with the two division champions facing each other. In 1995 the MLB split into three divisions per league and added the wild card to the mix.
The National Hockey League's Playoffs normally start in early-mid April. For the past two years it has been April 9-10.
The NHL playoffs typically run until early June.
The post-season or the play-offs
MAF was injured last season, but made it back for the end of the season and playoffs. He will start the season as the Penguins' starting goaltender.
NBC sports, formerly Versus, carries the NHL Playoffs. Chanel 603
Some teams start October 5, to Oct 9. It usually end in May (more games if you make the playoffs.
Win 8 straight
Playoffs start April 17th. Enjoy.
The season in hockey usually goes from October to April. Playoffs go until June if the teams qualify.
The 2008-2009 playoffs start in mid-April. they all start in mid April