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Buckle up, folks. The best time of the hockey year is finally here — the Stanley Cup playoffs. 

The 2024 edition of hockey’s postseason is set to kick off with 16 teams eyeing Lord Stanley’s Cup. There are plenty of intriguing storylines right off the bat in the first round, and there is certainly no shortage of star power. 

Can the Golden Knights repeat as Stanley Cup champions? Is this the year Connor McDavid and the Oilers raise the Cup? Can the Rangers break the Presidents’ Trophy curse?

MORE: Watch the 2024 NHL playoffs on ESPN with Fubo

The Sporting News has the full schedule for every conference final series of the 2023 NHL playoffs. 

You can see the latest 2024 Stanley Cup odds at BetMGM.


NHL playoffs schedule 2024

Second Round

Eastern Conference: (A1) Florida Panthers vs. (A2) Boston Bruins

Game Date Site Time (ET) TV Channel/Result
1 Monday, May 6 at Florida FINAL Bruins 5, Panthers 1
2 Wednesday, May 8 at Florida FINAL Panthers 6, Bruins 1
3 Friday, May 10 at Boston FINAL Panthers 6, Bruins 2
4 Sunday, May 12 at Boston FINAL Panthers 3, Bruins 2
5 Tuesday, May 14 at Florida FINAL Bruins 2, Panthers 1
6 Friday, May 17 at Boston 7 p.m. TNT, truTV, SN, CBC, TVAS
7* Sunday, May 19 at Florida TBD TBD

Eastern Conference: (M1) New York Rangers vs. (M2) Carolina Hurricanes

Game Date Site Time (ET) TV Channel/Result
1 Sunday, May 5 at New York FINAL Rangers 4, Hurricanes 3
2 Tuesday, May 7 at New York FINAL Rangers 4, Hurricanes 3 (2 OT)
3 Thursday, May 9 at Carolina FINAL Rangers 3, Hurricanes 2 (OT)
4 Saturday, May 11 at Carolina FINAL Hurricanes 4, Rangers 3
5 Monday, May 13 at New York FINAL Hurricanes 4, Rangers 1
6 Thursday, May 16 at Carolina FINAL Rangers 5, Hurricanes 3

Western Conference: (C1) Dallas Stars vs. (C3) Colorado Avalanche

Game Date Site Time (ET) TV Channel/Result
1 Tuesday, May 7 at Dallas FINAL Avalanche 4, Stars 3 (OT)
2 Thursday, May 9 at Dallas FINAL Stars 5, Avalanche 3
3 Saturday, May 11 at Colorado FINAL Stars 4, Avalanche 1
4 Monday, May 13 at Colorado FINAL Stars 5, Avalanche 1
5 Wednesday, May 15 at Dallas FINAL Avalanche 5, Stars 3
6 Friday, May 17 at Colorado 10 p.m. TNT, truTV, SN, SN1, TVAS
7* Sunday, May 19 at Dallas TBD TBD

Western Conference: (P1) Vancouver Canucks vs. (P2) Edmonton Oilers

Game Date Site Time (ET) TV Channel/Result
1 Wednesday, May 8 at Vancouver FINAL Canucks 5, Oilers 4
2 Friday, May 10 at Vancouver FINAL Oilers 4, Canucks 3 (OT)
3 Sunday, May 12 at Edmonton FINAL Canucks 4, Oilers 3
4 Tuesday, May 14 at Edmonton FINAL Oilers 3, Canucks 2
5 Thursday, May 16 at Vancouver 10 p.m. TNT, truTV, SN, CBC, TVAS
6 Saturday, May 18 at Edmonton 8 p.m. ESPN
7* Monday, May 20 at Vancouver TBD TBD

First Round

Eastern Conference: (A1) Florida Panthers vs. (WC1) Tampa Bay Lightning — Panthers win 4-1

Game Date Site Time (ET) Result
1 Sunday, April 21 at Florida FINAL Panthers 3, Lightning 2
2 Tuesday, April 23 at Florida FINAL Panthers 3, Lightning 2 (OT)
3 Thursday, April 25 at Tampa Bay FINAL Panthers 5, Lightning 3
4 Saturday, April 27 at Tampa Bay FINAL Lightning 6, Panthers 3
5 Monday, April 29 at Florida FINAL Panthers 6, Lightning 1

Eastern Conference: (A2) Boston Bruins vs. (A3) Toronto Maple Leafs — Bruins win 4-3

Game Date Site Time (ET) TV Channel/Result
1 Saturday, April 20 at Boston FINAL Bruins 5, Maple Leafs 1
2 Monday, April 22 at Boston FINAL Maple Leafs 3, Bruins 2
3 Wednesday, April 24 at Toronto FINAL Bruins 4, Maple Leafs 2
4 Saturday, April 27 at Toronto FINAL Bruins 3, Maple Leafs 1
5 Tuesday, April 30 at Boston FINAL Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 1 (OT)
6 Thursday, May 2 at Toronto FINAL Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 1
7 Saturday, May 4 at Boston FINAL Bruins 2, Maple Leafs 1 (OT)

Eastern Conference: (M1) New York Rangers vs. (WC2) Washington Capitals — Rangers win 4-0

Game Date Site Time (ET) Result
1 Sunday, April 21 at New York FINAL Rangers 4, Capitals 1
2 Tuesday, April 23 at New York FINAL Rangers 4, Capitals 3
3 Friday, April 26 at Washington FINAL Rangers 3, Capitals 1
4 Sunday, April 28 at Washington FINAL Rangers 4, Capitals 2

Eastern Conference: (M2) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (M3) New York Islanders — Hurricanes win 4-1

Game Date Site Time (ET) TV Channel/Result
1 Saturday, April 20 at Carolina FINAL Hurricanes 3, Islanders 1
2 Monday, April 22 at Carolina FINAL Hurricanes 5, Islanders 3
3 Thursday, April 25 at New York FINAL Hurricanes 3, Islanders 2
4 Saturday, April 27 at New York FINAL Islanders 3, Hurricanes 2 (2OT)
5 Tuesday, April 30 at Carolina FINAL Hurricanes 6, Islanders 3

Western Conference: (C1) Dallas Stars vs. (WC2) Vegas Golden Knights — Stars win 4-3

Game Date Site Time (ET) TV Channel
1 Monday, April 22 at Dallas FINAL Golden Knights 4, Stars 3
2 Wednesday, April 24 at Dallas FINAL Golden Knights 3, Stars 1
3 Saturday, April 27 at Vegas FINAL Stars 3, Golden Knights 2 (OT)
4 Monday, April 29 at Vegas FINAL Stars 4, Golden Knights 2
5 Wednesday, May 1 at Dallas FINAL Stars 3, Golden Knights 2
6 Friday, May 3 at Vegas FINAL Golden Knights 2, Stars 0

Western Conference: (C2) Winnipeg Jets vs. (C3) Colorado Avalanche — Avalanche win 4-1

Game Date Site Time (ET) TV Channel/Result
1 Sunday, April 21 at Winnipeg FINAL Jets 7, Avalanche 6
2 Tuesday, April 23 at Winnipeg FINAL Avalanche 5, Jets 2
3 Friday, April 26 at Colorado FINAL Avalanche 6, Jets 2
4 Sunday, April 28 at Colorado FINAL Avalanche 5, Jets 1
5 Tuesday, April 30 at Winnipeg FINAL Avalanche 6, Jets 3

Western Conference: (P1) Vancouver Canucks vs. (WC1) Nashville Predators — Canucks win 4-2

Game Date Site Time (ET) TV Channel/Result
1 Sunday, April 21 at Vancouver FINAL Canucks 4, Predators 2
2 Tuesday, April 23 at Vancouver FINAL Predators 4, Canucks 1
3 Friday, April 26 at Nashville FINAL Canucks 2, Predators 1
4 Sunday, April 28 at Nashville FINAL Canucks 4, Predators 3 (OT)
5 Tuesday, April 30 at Vancouver FINAL Predators 2, Canucks 1
6 Friday, May 3 at Nashville FINAL Canucks 1, Predators 0

Western Conference: (P2) Edmonton Oilers vs. (P3) Los Angeles Kings — Oilers win 4-1

Game Date Site Time (ET) TV Channel/Result
1 Monday, April 22 at Edmonton FINAL Oilers 7, Kings 4
2 Wednesday, April 24 at Edmonton FINAL Kings 5, Oilers 4 (OT)
3 Friday, April 26 at Los Angeles FINAL Oilers 6, Kings 1
4 Sunday, April 28 at Los Angeles FINAL Oilers 1, Kings 0
5 Wednesday, May 1 at Edmonton FINAL Oilers 4, Kings 3

MORE: SN’s expert picks, predictions for 2024 NHL playoff bracket

NHL playoffs bracket 2024

(Sporting News Illustration)

What channel is the 2024 NHL playoffs on?

  • TV channel (U.S.): ESPN, ABC, TNT, TBS
  • TV channel (Canada): Sportsnet, CBC

The NHL playoffs will be split in the United States between the ESPN family of networks and the Turner networks. The two media corporations are in the third year of their seven-year contracts with the league. 

In the first round, Saturday night games will air on ABC. Other first-round contests may air on ESPN and TNT’s other channels, such as ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews, TBS, or TruTV. 

ESPN and TNT are splitting the second-round series, as well as the conference final. Since TNT aired the Stanley Cup Final last year, it’s back to ESPN in 2024. 

In Canada, all the playoff games will be aired on Sportsnet and CBC. 

How to stream the 2024 NHL playoffs

  • Live stream (U.S.): ESPN+, SlingTV, Fubo
  • Live stream (Canada): SN NOW, CBC Gem

Fans in the United States looking to stream the NHL playoffs have options. Games on ESPN’s platforms can be streamed through ESPN+ or through Fubo, while those on TNT can be streamed through the TNT app and SlingTV

MORE: Watch the 2024 NHL playoffs on TNT with Sling TV

For the Canadian audience, games on Sportsnet are available to stream on SN NOW. Any contests on CBC can be streamed through CBC Gem. 

How many rounds are in the NHL playoffs?

There are four rounds in the Stanley Cup playoffs — first round, second round, conference finals, and finals. 

In the first round, the top team in the conference plays the second wild-card team. The other division winner takes on the other wild-card team. The No. 2 team from a division plays the No. 3 team from the same division.

After that, the teams do not get reseeded in the second round. Rather, the series winner with the No. 2 and No. 3 teams for a division plays the winner of the series, and their division winner plays the wild card team.

For example, for this postseason, let’s say the Bruins, Maple Leafs, and Lightning place first through third in the Atlantic in that order. The winner of the Bruins’ first-round series against the wild-card team faces the winner of the Maple Leafs-Lightning matchup. 

Then, the last two teams in each conference square off in the conference finals. Each conference winner then gets to fight for the Stanley Cup in the finals. 

How many games are in a series?

Every series, no matter the round, will play a best-of-seven series, meaning the first team to win four games advances to the next round. 

Each series is played in a 2–2–1–1–1 format, which means the team with the better record plays Games 1, 2, 5, and 7 at its home arena, while its opponent hosts Games 3, 4, and 6. Only the first four games in the series are guaranteed, with Games 5, 6, and 7 played if necessary. 

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