The Stanley Cup Playoffs are one of the most thrilling postseason events that the sports world offers. For the first time in the last three years, every NHL squad completed a regular-season schedule of 82 games without interruptions due to the COVID-19 virus. The divisions were back to normal, with teams allowed to travel across the border to participate in Canada and in reverse.
The Eastern Conference, the Metropolitan Division champions Carolina Hurricanes will host the Boston Bruins. They will play the New York Rangers finished second in the Metro and will play in a match against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins which finished behind them in third place. They will face the Florida Panthers captured the best record in the NHL and their place in the Eastern Conference, and will take on Alexander Ovechkin and the eighth seed Washington Capitals.
The playoff structure the following:
- The playoff format will see teams with the highest points facing another Wild Card team in the first round of each conference. The division champion with the most points will go up with the best Wild Card team.
- Each show will be a best-of-7 format
- The home-ice advantage is granted to the team that has the highest seeding during the initial two rounds of playoffs. The team that has the highest number of regular season points will be able to use home ice for the conference finals as well as Stanley Cup Finals.
- The Stanley Cup Playoffs will begin on May 2nd beginning with game 1 Between Boston Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes.Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins.
What’s 2022’s Stanley Cup playoffs’ first-round schedule?
The schedule is available for tomorrow and today and the status of the series. Visit NHL.com for the complete schedule.
3 May, Tuesday
- Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers Game 1 at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) on ESPN
- Washington Capitals vs. Florida Panthers Game 1: at 7:30 p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. PT) on ESPN 2
- Nashville Predators vs. Colorado Avalanche, Game 1, 9:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. PT) on ESPN
- Dallas Stars vs. Calgary Flames Game 1 at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT) on ESPN 2
Wednesday, May 4
- Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m. at ET (4 p.m. at PT) broadcast on ESPN (Hurricanes are leading by 1-0)
- Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. (PT)) in ESPN 2 (Maple Leafs are leading 1-1)
- St. Louis Blues vs. Minnesota Wild, Game 2 at 9:00 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. (PT)) broadcast on ESPN (Blues have a 1-0 lead)
- Los Angeles Kings vs. Edmonton Oilers, Game 2, 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PST) broadcast on ESPN 2 (Kings are leading by 1-0)