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NHL Playoff Bracket as of January 28th, 2023.

The 2022-23 NHL regular season is currently at its midpoint, but it’s never too early to start thinking about playoffs. The final day of the NHL regular season is April 13, 2023 and the playoffs will begin a few days later.

The image above displays the 2023 NHL Playoff bracket and will be updated after each week. All matchups are current as of the date listed below the table.

You’ll find much more NHL playoff information on this page below, including NHL playoff matchups and the NHL Playoff schedule. The only thing we don’t have here are NHL playoff odds.

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Eastern Conference Playoff Seed (Division Seed) Team Western Conference Playoff Seed (Division Seed) Team
1 (Atlantic #1) Boston Bruins 1 (Central #1) Winnipeg Jets
2 (Metropolitan #1) Carolina Hurricanes 2 (Central #2) Dallas Stars
3 (Metropolitan # 3) New Jersey Devils 3 (Pacific #1) Vegas Golden Knights
4 (Atlantic #2) Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (Pacific #2) Seattle Kraken
5 (Atlantic #3) Tampa Bay Lightning 5 (Pacific #3) Los Angeles Kings
6 (Metropolitan #3) New York Rangers 6 (Pacific #3) Minnesota Wild
7 (Wild Card #1) Washington Capitals 7 (Wild Card #1) Edmonton Oilers
8 (Wild Card #2) Pittsburgh Penguins 8 (Wild Card #2) Calgary Flames

Seeds as of Jan. 17, 2023.

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 Matchups & Schedule

Eastern Conference First Round Matchups
(8) Pittsburgh Penguins vs (1) Boston Bruins
(7) Washington Capitals vs (2) Carolina Hurricanes
(6) New York Rangers vs (3) New Jersey Devils
(5) Tampa Bay Lightning vs (4) Toronto Maple Leafs
Western Conference First Round Matchups
(8) Calgary Flames vs (1) Winnipeg Jets
(6) Minnesota Wild vs (2) Dallas Stars
(7) Edmonton Oilers vs Vegas Golden Knights (3)
(5) Los Angeles Kings vs (4) Seattle Kraken

NHL Playoff Matchups as of  Jan 17, 2023.

How Is the NHL Playoff Bracket Set Up?

With the NHL playoff structure reverted to its regular format, 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. A team may be ahead of another team in regular-season points but could be in a Wild Card spot because all three teams in their division are ahead of them.

With the Bruins leading the way in the NHL standings and the Stanley Cup odds, they will take on the bottom feeder in the East. As of right now, that’s the Pittsburgh Penguins. Here’s what the Stanley Cup schedule would be right now.

 How Many Teams Make the NHL Playoffs?

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) April 2023
Second Round (8) TBD
Conference Championships (4) TBD
Stanley Cup Final (2) TBD

Most teams will play a seven-game series against a team from their division.

NHL Regular-Season Standings

Eastern Conference Standing Team Points Western Conference Standing Team Points
1 Boston Bruins 72 1 Winnipeg Jets 59
2 Carolina Hurricanes 62 2 Dallas Stars 59
3 New Jersey Devils 61 3 Vegas Golden Knights 58
4 Toronto Maple Leafs 59 4 Seattle Kraken 56
5 Tampa Bay Lightning 57 5 Los Angeles Kings 56
6 New York Rangers 57 6 Minnesota Wild 52
7 Washington Capitals 54 7 Edmonton Oilers 51
8 Pittsburgh Penguins 50 8 Calgary Flames 51
9 New York Islanders 50 9 Colorado Avalanche 47
10 Florida Panthers 46 10 St. Louis Blues 47
11 Buffalo Sabres 44 11 Nashville Predators 46
12 Detroit Red Wings 43 12 Vancouver Canucks 39
13 Philadelphia Flyers 43 13 San Jose Sharks 35
14 Ottawa Senators 41 14 Arizona Coyotes 31
15 Montreal Canadiens 39 15 Anaheim Ducks 29
16 Columbus Blue Jackets 28 16 Chicago Blackhawks 26

Regular-season NHL standings as of January 17, 2023. 

Every NHL team still has a chance to earn a spot in the Stanley Cup playoff bracket, although the Blue Jackets and Blackhawks sit at the bottom of the regular season standings, and therefore, have the worst odds. No team has been eliminated from the NHL Playoff Picture.

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 do the NHL playoffs begin?

The 2023 NHL Playoffs are expected to begin a few days after the regular season concludes on April 13th, 2023. The official start date of the Stanley Cup Playoffs hasn't been announced yet.

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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