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NHL Playoff Bracket as of June 27, 2022.

NHL Playoff Schedule

Eastern Conference Playoff Seed (Division Seed) Team Western Conference Playoff Seed (Division Seed) Team
1 (Atlantic #1) Florida Panthers 1 (Central #1) Colorado Avalanche
2 (Metropolitan #1) Carolina Hurricanes 2 (Pacific #1) Calgary Flames
3 (Atlantic #2) Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (Central #2) Minnesota Wild
4 (Metropolitan #3) New York Rangers 4 (Central #3) St. Louis Blues
5 (Atlantic #3) Tampa Bay Lightning 5 (Pacific #2) Edmonton Oilers
6 (Wild Card #1) Boston Bruins 6 (Pacific #3) Los Angeles Kings
7 (Metropolitan #3) Pittsburgh Penguins 7 (Wild Card #1) Dallas Stars
8 (Wild Card #2) Washington Capitals 8 (Wild Card #2) Nashville Predators

How Is the NHL Playoff Bracket Set Up?

With the NHL playoff structure reverted to its regular format in 2022, this is how the seeding will work. There are eight teams from both the Eastern Conference and Western Conference that will make it to the postseason.

The Eastern Conference will  have the top three teams from the Metropolitan Division and Atlantic Division, along with two wild card spots. The Western Conference playoff schedule will feature the top three teams from both the Pacific and Central Division, along with the two best teams outside of those six as the wild cards.

The top two seeds in each division in the Eastern Conference and Western Conference will play the Wild Card teams in Round 1. Meanwhile, the other #2 and #3 seeds in each division will play each other in the first round. That’s why even though the Bruins are ahead of the Penguins in regular season points, they’re in the Wild Card spot because the Lightning, Leafs, and Panthers are all ahead of them in the Atlantic Division.

With the Avalanche leading the way in the NHL standings and the Stanley Cup odds, they will take on the bottom feeder in the West. As of right now, that’s the Dallas Stars. Here’s what the Stanley Cup schedule would be right now.

 How Many Teams Make the NHL Playoffs?

Eastern Conference First Round Matchups
(WC2) Washington Capitals vs (A1) Florida Panthers
(WC1) Boston Bruins vs (M1) Carolina Hurricanes
(A3) Tampa Bay Lightning vs (A2) Toronto Maple Leafs
(M3) Pittsburgh Penguins vs (M2) New York Rangers
Western Conference First Round Matchups
(WC2) Nashville Predators vs (C1) Colorado Avalanche
(WC1) Dallas Stars vs (P1) Calgary Flames
(C3) St. Louis Blues vs (C2) Minnesota Wild
(P3) Los Angeles Kings vs (P2) Edmonton Oilers

NHL Playoff Matchups as of May 1, 2022.

As mentioned above, the NHL playoff schedule has not been set in stone yet. We do know there will be four rounds – First Round, Second Round, Conference Championships, Stanley Cup Final. Each series in all rounds will be a best-of-seven series. 16 total teams make the Stanley Cup playoffs, eight from the East and eight from the West.

When Do the NHL Playoffs Start?

Round (Teams Remaining) Start Dates
First Round (16) May 2, 2022
Second Round (8) May 17, 2022
Conference Championships (4) May 31, 2022
Stanley Cup Final (2) June 15, 2022

This is obviously a little bit of a different format than last year’s playoffs. That being said, most teams will play a seven game series against a team from their division. Although that was the case last year as well, the divisions were realigned, so that is something to factor in when looking at the opening NHL odds for series prices.

Final NHL Regular-Season Standings

Eastern Conference Standing Team Points Western Conference Standing Team Points
1 Florida Panthers 122 1 Colorado Avalanche 119
2 Carolina Hurricanes 116 2 Calgary Flames 111
3 Toronto Maple Leafs 115 3 Minnesota Wild 113
4 Tampa Bay Lightning 110 4 St. Louis Blues 109
5 New York Rangers 110 5 Edmonton Oilers 104
6 Boston Bruins 107 6 LA Kings 99
7 Pittsburgh Penguins 103 7 Dallas Stars 98
8 Washington Capitals 100 8 Nashville Predators 97
9 New York Islanders 84 9 Vegas Golden Knights 94
10 Columbus Blue Jackets 81 10 Vancouver Canucks 92
11  Buffalo Sabres 75 11 Winnipeg Jets 89
12 Detroit Red Wings 74 12 San Jose Sharks 77
13 Ottawa Senators 73 13 Anaheim Ducks 76
14 New Jersey Devils 63 14 Chicago Blackhawks 68
15 Philadelphia Flyers 61 15 Seattle Kraken 60
16 Montreal Canadiens 55 16 Arizona Coyotes 57

Final regular-season NHL standings.

The Arizona Coyotes are officially unable to clinch a Stanley Cup playoff bracket spot, along with 16 other teams. However, the Montreal Canadiens were the first official team to be eliminated from the NHL Playoff Picture and finished last in the regular season standings.

Sneaking into the Eastern Conference playoffs were the Washington Capitals, while the Nashville Predators hold that eighth spot in the West. Canadians looking to wager on some of their favorite local teams; can now do so by checking out these Ontario sports betting apps.

NHL Playoff Bracket FAQs

What dates are the Stanley Cup finals?

The start date of the Stanley Cup finals will depend on the date the matchup is decided (i.e. when the conference championships end). Regardless, the final game of the playoffs will be no later than June 30, 2022.

How many games are in the NHL playoffs?

Each series is a best of seven. The winning team will need to win 16 games, but the champion could play as many as 28 if all four of their series go the full seven games. The maximum number of games in one playoffs (all teams) is 105.

When did the NHL playoffs begin?

The 2022 NHL playoffs began on May 2.

When was the last time a Canadian team won the Stanley Cup?

The last Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup was the Montreal Canadiens in 1993. Canadian teams have made the finals six times since then (Vancouver, 1994; Calgary, 2004; Edmonton, 2006; Ottawa, 2007; Vancouver, 2011; Montreal, 2021).

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