NHL playoff bracket 2022: Full schedule, TV channels, scores for postseason

The calendar has flipped from April to May, which means the NHL has turned from the regular season to the playoffs. 

May 2 marks the beginning of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs. After two season of wonky playoff formats, the NHL returns to its true form with their typical style used previously before 2020. 

The action begins with four series competing on Monday, then the next four on Tuesday. It will continue to rotate with the same four series playing every other day. 

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ESPN and TNT are the homes of the 2022 NHL playoffs. Both networks will be broadcasting the first three rounds of the series before the finals are solely on ESPN. 

Here is a look at the playoff bracket and scheduled for the NHL postseason. 

NHL playoff bracket 2022

Here’s a look at the complete NHL playoff bracket for 2022:

Eastern Conference

A1. Florida Panthers vs. WC2. Washington Capitals
A2. Toronto Maple Leafs vs. A3. Tampa Bay Lightning
M1. Carolina Hurricanes vs. WC1. Boston Bruins
M2. New York Rangers vs. M3. Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference 

C1. Colorado Avalanche vs. WC2. Nashville Predators
C2. Minnesota Wild vs. C3. St. Louis Blues
P1. Calgary Flames vs. WC1. Dallas Stars
P2. Edmonton Oilers vs. P3. Los Angeles Kings

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NHL playoff schedule 2022

(All times in Eastern )

(* = If necessary)

First round

Monday, May 2

Game Matchup
Game 1 Hurricanes 5, Bruins 1
Game 1 Maple Leafs 5, Lightning 0
Game 1 Blues 4, Wild 0
Game 1 Kings 4, Oilers 3

Tuesday, May 3

Game Matchup
Game 1 Penguins 4, Rangers 3 (3 OTs)
Game 1 Capitals 4, Panthers 2
Game 1 Avalanche 7, Predators 2
Game 1 Flames 1, Stars 0

Wednesday, May 4

Game Matchup
Game 2 Hurricanes 5, Bruins 2
Game 2 Lightning 5, Maple Leafs 3
Game 2 Wild 6, Blues 2
Game 2 Oilers 6, Kings 0

Thursday, May 5

Game Matchup
Game 2 Rangers 5, Penguins 2
Game 2 Panthers 5, Capitals 1
Game 2 Avalanche 2, Predators 1 (OT)
Game 2 Stars 2, Flames 0

Friday, May 6

Game Matchup
Game 3 Bruins 4, Hurricanes 2
Game 3 Maple Leafs 5, Lightning 2
Game 3 Wild 5, Blues 1
Game 3 Oilers 8, Kings 2

Saturday, May 7

Game Matchup
Game 3 Capitals 6, Panthers 1
Game 3 Avalanche 7, Predators 3 
Game 3 Penguins 7, Rangers 4
Game 3 Stars 4, Flames 2

Sunday, May 8

Game Matchup
Game 4 Bruins 5, Hurricanes 2
Game 4 Blues 5, Wild 2
Game 4 Lightning 7, Maple Leafs 3
Game 4 Kings 4, Oilers 0

Monday, May 9

Game Matchup Time (ET) TV channel (U.S.) TV channel (Canada)
Game 4 Capitals vs. Panthers 7 p.m. TBS SN1
Game 4 Penguins vs. Rangers  7 p.m. ESPN Sportsnet
Game 4 Predators vs. Avalanche 9:30 p.m. ESPN SN1
Game 4 Stars vs. Flames 9:30 p.m. TBS Sportsnet

Tuesday, May 10

Game Matchup Time (ET) TV channel (U.S.)
Game 5 Hurricanes vs. Bruins 7 p.m. ESPN
Game 5 Maple Leafs vs. Lightning 7:30 p.m. ESPN2
Game 5 Wild vs. Blues 9:30 p.m. ESPN
Game 5 Oilers vs. Kings 10 p.m. ESPN2

Wednesday, May 11

Game Matchup Time (ET) TV channel (U.S.)
Game 5 Rangers vs. Penguins 7 p.m. ESPN
Game 5 Panthers vs. Capitals 7:30 p.m. ESPN2
*Game 5 Avalanche vs. Predators 9:30 p.m. ESPN
Game 5 Flames vs. Stars TBD TBD

Thursday, May 12

Game Matchup Time (ET) TV channel
Game 6 Bruins vs. Hurricanes TBD TBD
Game 6 Blues vs. Wild  TBD TBD
Game 6 Lightning vs. Maple Leafs TBD TBD
Game 6 Kings vs. Oilers TBD TBD

Friday, May 13

Game Matchup Time (ET) TV channel
*Game 6 Capitals vs. Panthers TBD TBD
*Game 6 Penguins vs. Rangers  TBD TBD
*Game 6 Predators vs. Avalanche TBD TBD
*Game 6 Stars vs. Flames TBD TBD

Saturday, May 14

Game Matchup Time (ET) TV channel
*Game 7 Hurricanes vs. Bruins TBD TBD
*Game 7 Maple Leafs vs. Lightning TBD TBD
*Game 7 Wild vs. Blues TBD TBD
*Game 7 Oilers vs. Kings TBD TBD

Sunday, May 15

Game Matchup Time (ET) TV channel
*Game 7 Rangers vs. Penguins TBD TBD
*Game 7 Panthers vs. Capitals TBD TBD
*Game 7 Avalanche vs. Predators TBD TBD
*Game 7 Flames vs. Stars TBD TBD

TV channels, live streams for NHL playoff games

Postseason telecasts will be split between the ESPN family of networks and the Turner networks as a part of media rights deals the two companies signed last summer. Both will air first- and second-round series, and each network will telecast a conference finals series. The Stanley Cup Final will air exclusively ESPN. 

Sportsnet will show all the series in Canada. CBC will show some series. 

In the United States, you can stream the series on ESPN+fuboTV (free trial) or Sling TV. In Canada, the games will be available to stream on SN Now and SN NOW+

When do the 2022 NHL playoffs end?

  • Start date: Monday, May 2
  • End date: TBD

The first week of the playoffs begins on Monday, May 2 with the first round.

Each round will take at minimum over a week, maximum about two weeks to complete. So the Stanley Cup Finals are likely to take place at the end of June. 

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