Eight teams from each conference battled 82 games to reach the Stanley Cup playoffs. It takes a total of 16 wins per team to lift the Cup, and some teams will have a chance to grab their first win on Friday night as the first round continues.

In the Eastern Conference, the champions of the Metropolitan Division, Carolina Hurricanes, hosted the Boston Bruins. The New York Rangers finished second on the Metro and face Sydney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who finished just behind them in third place. The Florida Panthers set the best record in the NHL as well as the Eastern Conference, and played against Alexander Ovechkin and the eighth-placed Washington Capitals.

Nathan McKinnon and Colorado Avelanch grabbed the top spot in the West, playing against the Nashville Predators, the West’s weakest team. The Calgary Flames won the Pacific Division and face the seventh-ranked Dallas Stars. Minnesota Wilde took second place in the Central Division and fought St. Louis Blues, who finished third. Superstars Connor McDavid and Leon Drysight of the Edmonton Oilers are finally trying to make a name for themselves in the playoffs and face the Los Angeles Kings, who finished one place below them in the Pacific.

This year the playoffs are divided between ABC, ESPN, ESPN 2, TNT and TBS.

S live TV streaming services, cable cutters can watch live TV without a cable subscription. Here’s everything you need to know about watching or streaming the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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The Stanley Cup playoffs are starting now.

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NHL Playoffs FAQ

What is the schedule for the first round of the playoffs for the Stanley Cup in 2022?

Here is the remaining schedule for today and tomorrow, including the status of the series. See NHL.com for the full schedule.

Saturday, May 7

  • Colorado Avalanche vs. Nashville Predators, Game 3, 4:30 pm ET (1:30 pm PT) on TNT (Avalanche leads 2-0)
  • New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins, Match 3, 19:00 ET (16:00 PT) on TNT (1-1 draw)
  • Calgary Flames vs. Dallas Stars, Game 3, 9:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. PT) on TNT (1-1 draw)

Sunday, May 8

  • Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins, Game 4, 12:30 p.m. ET (9:30 p.m. PT) on ESPN (Hurricanes Lead 2-1)
  • Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues, Game 4, 16:30 ET (13:30 PT) on TBS (Wild Lead 2-1)
  • Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, Game 4, 19:00 ET (16:00 PT) on TBS (Maple Leafs Leads 2-1)
  • Edmonton Oilers vs. Los Angeles Kings, Match 4, 22:00 ET (19:00 PT) on TBS (Oilers Lead 2-1)

What does the full bracket look like?

Which channels broadcast playoff games?

The NHL playoffs are broadcast on a collection of networks in the United States, including ABC, ESPN, ESPN 2, TBS and TNT.

The Stanley Cup finals will be broadcast on ESPN in the United States and on Sportsnet in Canada.

How can I stream games to my phone?

If you have a live TV streaming service (such as Sling TV, YouTube TV, or any of the following), you can use its app. If you have a cable or satellite, you can use your provider’s application or one of the following (after logging in with your cable provider’s credentials):

  • For TNT games you will need Watch TNT ap. Click the “person” icon at the bottom right and go to the “Sign in with your TV provider” section.
  • For ESPN and ABC games use ESPN ap. Click the gear icon in the upper right corner and then select “Manage TV provider”.

In any case, you will need to have a TV package that includes ABC, ESPN and TNT in order to watch NHL playoff games using these applications.

How to watch live streaming of the NHL 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs

Since all of these games are broadcast nationally, the best way to watch all the hockey action live, without a cable, is with live TV streaming service.

YouTube TV costs $ 65 a month and offers all the channels you will need for the playoffs.

Sling TV’s orange plan includes ESPN, ESPN 2, TBS and TNT. While Sling does not have access to ABC, you can watch these games using the simulcast stream available on ESPN3.

The cheapest DirecTV Stream package for $ 70 a month includes ESPN, ABC and TNT.

Hulu Plus Live TV costs $ 70 a month and features ESPN, ESPN 2, ABC, TBS and TNT.

FuboTV costs $ 70 per month and includes ABC and ESPN, but not TNT or TBS.

Most live TV streaming services offer a free trial or discounts during the first month and allow you to cancel at any time and all require a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Take a look at ours guide to live TV streaming services.


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