When will the 2022 NHL Playoffs start? Here’s everything you need to know ahead of playoff hockey

Playoff hockey is almost here.

With the NHL regular season ending in one week, fans are gearing up for one of the most exciting postseasons in all of sports. With a few postseason spots still waiting to be clinched, here’s what you need to know ahead of the 2022 NHL playoffs:

When do the 2022 NHL playoffs start?

The NHL regular season ends Friday, April 29, 2022 (4/29/22). The 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs will start on Monday, May 2, 2022 (5/2/22). The Stanley Cup Finals will take place in mid-June.

How can I stream / watch the 2022 NHL playoffs?

The NHL signed a new TV deal with Disney and Turner Sports this past summer, so the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs will have a new home. ESPN, ABC, TNT and TBS will all broadcast some NHL games this postseason. That being said, fans can watch all of these games for free via a trial of DirectTV Stream.

Half of the first round games will be on TNT and the other half will air on ESPN or ABC. The finals will be aired on either ESPN or ABC. Canadian viewers can watch the playoffs on Sportsnet.

Who’s going to make the 2022 NHL playoffs?

The Eastern Conference playoff picture is set. The Panthers, Maple Leafs, Lightning, Hurricanes, Rangers, Penguins, Bruins and Capitals are all making it to the playoffs.

In the West, however, things aren’t as clear cut. While the Avalanche, Wild, Blues and Flames have all clinched a spot, the Oilers, Kings, Predators, Stars and Golden Knights are still aiming to officially clinch.

Here’s the current playoff picture:


Atlantic Division:

Florida Panthers (118 points, clinched playoff berth)

Toronto Maple Leafs (108 points, clinched playoff berth)

Tampa Bay Lightning (102 points, clinched playoff berth)

Metropolitan Division:

Carolina Hurricanes (108 points, clinched playoff berth)

New York Rangers (108 points, clinched playoff berth)

Pittsburgh Penguins (99 points, clinched playoff berth)

Wild Card:

Boston Bruins (99 points, clinched playoff berth)

Washington Capitals (97 points, clinched playoff berth)


Central Division:

Colorado Avalanche (116 points, clinched playoff berth)

Minnesota Wild (105 points, clinched playoff berth)

St. Louis Blues (103 points, clinched playoff berth)

Pacific Division:

Calgary Flames (104 points, clinched playoff berth)

Edmonton Oilers (96 points)

Los Angeles Kings (92 points)

Wild Card:

Nashville Predators (93 points)

Dallas Stars (91 points)

Outside looking in:

Vegas Golden Knights (89 points)

How do I buy tickets to the 2022 NHL playoffs?

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Do the 2022 NHL playoffs still have the COVID format?

No, the 2022 NHL playoffs are going back to its normal four-round postseason format. The league shuffled things around during COVID-19′s peak, but this season will have eight teams from both conferences (top three teams in each division and two Wild Card teams).

Teams that won their division will play the Wild Card teams and the No. 2 and No. 3 teams will play each other in the first round. Each series is best of seven.

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Ryan Novozinsky may be reached rnovozinsky@njadvancemedia.com.

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