2024 NHL Playoff Schedule and Stanley Cup Finals

2024 NHL Playoff Schedule

The 2024 NHL Playoff schedule now kicks off on April 20th, 2024. The playoffs continue through the Stanley Cup Finals that start on Monday, June 3, 2024. The Finals are the only one in professional sports that are referred to by the name of the trophy. Professional hockey teams have been able to compete for the trophy since 1906. We have all the information that you need to know about the playoffs and more below. We will update dates, seeds, and matchups as information is confirmed by the NHL.

When do the NHL Playoffs Start Play? 

It feels like all major sports after March Madness have big events on April 15th, 2024. The NHL playoffs start soon after. The first round of play starts up on April 20th. This round of the single elimination series play goes from April 20nd through May 6th, depending on how many games each series takes for a winner. 

What is the 2024 NHL Playoff Schedule?

The 2024 NHL Playoff schedule lasts for four rounds. They go from April through June. The timing of the playoffs is similar to the NBA Playoff schedule. These dates are based off of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoff schedule. The NHL may adjust them a tad once they confirm the playoff schedule. We’ll update you when they do. In the meantime, we have an updated 2024 NHL Playoff picture posted for you to see where your favorite team sits.

  • First Round: April 20-May 4.
  • Second Round: May 5 – TBD
  • Conference Finals: TBD
  • Stanley Cup Finals: June 3-TBD

We also have a printable 2024 NHL Playoff bracket posted up here for you to use to follow the action and fill in your own projections before the games start up. Once the seeds and brackets are finalized, we’ll update the NHL playoff schedule and bracket for you to follow the action. 

When does the Stanley Cup Finals 2024 Take Place? 

2023 NHL Stanley Cup Champions
2023 NHL Stanley Cup Champions, Vegas Golden Knights

The 2024 Stanley Cup Finals get started on Monday, June 3rd, 2024. They are a best of seven game series. If the championship round goes the distance, we can see a game 7 as late as Monday, June 24th, 2024. As the NHL playoff picture firms up and the NHL confirms matchups, dates, and times, we’ll update you here. We now have the first four games on the Stanley Cup playoff schedule set. More to follow after game play today.

What TV Channels Show the 2024 NHL Playoffs? 

This depends on which country you live in. If you are in the United States, the 2024 NHL Playoffs will be shown on TNT, ESPN, ESPN2, and TBS. For Canadian hockey fans, the games are shown on Sportsnet and CBC. 

2024 NHL Playoff Schedule

2024 NHL Playoffs – First Round

Seed 1 vs. Seed 8April 20- May 4TBDTBD
Seed 2 vs. Seed 7April 20- May 4TBDTBD
Seed 3 vs. Seed 6April 20- May 4TBDTBD
Seed 4 vs. Seed 5April 20- May 4TBDTBD
2024 NHL Playoff First Round Schedule

2024 NHL Playoffs – Second Round

Winner of 1-8 vs. Winner of 4-5.May 5- TBDTBDTBD
Winner of 2-7 vs. Winner of 3-6.May 5 – TBDTBDTBD
2024 NHL Playoff Second Round Schedule

2024 NHL Playoffs – Conference Finals

Winner of 1-4-5-8 vs. Winner of 2-3-6-7.TBDTBDTBD
2024 NHL Playoffs Conference Finals

2024 Stanley Cup Finals Schedule

Game 1June 3 – 24TBDTBD
Game 2June 3 – 24TBDTBD
Game 3June 3 – 24TBDTBD
Game 4June 3 – 24TBDTBD
Game 5*June 3 – 24TBDTBD
Game 6*June 3 – 24TBDTBD
Game 7*June 3 – 24TBDTBD
2024 NHL Playoffs Stanley Cup Finals

2024 NHL Playoff Picture Schedule and Matchups

All 16 teams are now set for the 2024 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. We have a few seeds left in the Western Conference that can shift around, so we’ll update you more tonight along with an updated printable NHL playoff schedule for you.

Last Updated: May 2, 2024

2024 NHL Playoff Schedule (With Teams and Seeds)

NHL Eastern Conference bracket

A1 Florida Panthers vs. WC1 Tampa Bay Lightning

A2 Boston Bruins vs. A3 Toronto Maple Leafs

M1 New York Rangers vs. WC2 Washington Capitals

M2 Carolina Hurricanes vs. M3 New York Islanders

NHL Western Conference bracket

We can see some movement across the seeds based on results from the April 18th matchups.

C1 Dallas Stars vs. WC2 Vegas Golden Knights

C2 Winnipeg Jets vs. C3 Colorado Avalanche

P1 Vancouver Canucks vs. WC1 Nashville Predators

P2 Edmonton Oilers vs. P3 Los Angeles Kings

2024 Stanley Cup Playoff Results and Schedule
Eastern Conference Playoff Results

(A1) Florida Panthers vs. (WC1) Tampa Bay LightningFlorida wins 4-1
(A2) Boston Bruins vs. (A3) Toronto Maple LeafsSeries Tied 3-3
(M1) New York Rangers vs. (WC2) Washington CapitalsNew York wins 4-0
(M2) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (M3) New York IslandersCarolina wins 4-1
2024 Eastern Conference Playoff Results

Western Conference Playoff Results

(C1) Dallas Stars vs. (WC2) Vegas Golden KnightsDallas leads 3-2
(C2) Winnipeg Jets vs. (C3) Colorado AvalancheColorado wins 4-1
(P1) Vancouver Canucks vs. (WC1) Nashville PredatorsVancouver leads 3-2
(P2) Edmonton Oilers vs. (P3) Los Angeles KingsEdmonton wins 4-1
2024 Western Conference Playoff Results

Remaining 2024 NHL Playoff First Round Schedule

Thursday, May 2
GameMatchupTime (ET)TV Channel
6Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs (Toronto 2 Boston 1)8 p.m.TBS
Friday, May 3
GameMatchupTime (ET)TV Channel
6Vancouver Canucks at Nashville Predators7 p.m.TNT
6Dallas Stars at Vegas Golden Knights10 p.m.TNT
Remaining 2024 Stanley Cup Playoff Schedule – Round 1

2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs Schedule (2nd Round)

****Last Updated May 15th, 2024


Florida Panthers (1A) vs. Boston Bruins (2A)

Florida leads series 3-2

Game 1: Bruins 5, Panthers 1

Game 2: Panthers 6, Bruins 1

Game 3: Panthers 6, Bruins 2

Game 4: Panthers 3, Bruins 2

Game 5: Bruins 2, Panthers 1

Game 6: Panthers at Bruins — May 17, TBD

+ Game 7: Bruins at Panthers — May 19, TBD

New York Rangers (1M) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (2M)

New York leads series 3-2

Game 1: Rangers 4, Hurricanes 3

Game 2: Rangers 4, Hurricanes 3 (2OT)

Game 3: Rangers 3, Hurricanes 2 (OT)

Game 4: Hurricanes 4, Rangers 3

Game 5: Hurricanes 4, Rangers 1

Game 6: Rangers at Hurricanes — May 16, 7 p.m. ET (TNT, truTV, MAX, SNE, SNO, SN360, CBC, TVAS)

+ Game 7: Hurricanes at Rangers — May 18, TBD


Dallas Stars (1C) vs. Colorado Avalanche (3C)

Dallas leads series 3-1

Game 1: Avalanche 4, Stars 3 (OT)

Game 2: Stars 5, Avalanche 3

Game 3: Stars 4, Avalanche 1

Game 4: Stars 5, Avalanche 1

Game 5: Avalanche at Stars — May 15, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN, SN, TVAS)

+ Game 6: Stars at Avalanche — May 17, TBD (TBD)

+ Game 7: Avalanche at Stars — May 19, TBD (TBD)

Vancouver Canucks (1P) vs. Edmonton Oilers (2P)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Canucks 5, Oilers 4

Game 2: Oilers 4, Canucks 3 (OT)

Game 3: Canucks 4, Oilers 3

Game 4: Oilers 3, Canucks 2

Game 5: Oilers at Canucks — May 16, 10 p.m. ET (TNT, truTV, MAX, SN, CBC, TVAS)

Game 6: Canucks at Oilers — May 18, TBD (TBD)

+ Game 7: Oilers at Canucks — May 20, TBD (TBD)

+ = If necessary

2024 NHL Conference Finals Schedule

Eastern Conference Finals Schedule and TV Broadcast

DateTime (ET)MatchupTV
Wednesday, May 228 p.m.Florida at NY RangersESPN, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS
Friday, May 248 p.m.Florida at NY RangersESPN, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS
Sunday, May 263 p.m.NY Rangers at FloridaABC, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS
Tuesday, May 288 p.m.NY Rangers at FloridaESPN, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS
*Thursday, May 308 p.m.Florida at NY RangersESPN, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS
*Saturday, June 18 p.m.NY Rangers at FloridaABC, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS
*Monday, June 38 p.m.Florida at NY RangersESPN, ESPN+, SN, CBC, TVAS
2024 Eastern Conference Finals Schedule

Western Conference Finals Schedule and TV Broadcast

DateTime (ET)MatchupTV
Thursday, May 238:30 p.m.Vancouver/Edmonton at DallasTNT, truTV, MAX, SN, CBC, TVAS
Saturday, May 258 p.m.Vancouver/Edmonton at DallasTNT, truTV, MAX, SN, CBC, TVAS
Monday, May 27TBDDallas at Vancouver/EdmontonSN, CBC, TVAS, TNT, truTV, MAX
Wednesday, May 29TBDDallas at Vancouver/EdmontonSN, CBC, TVAS, TNT, truTV, MAX
*Friday, May 31TBDVancouver/Edmonton at DallasTNT, truTV, MAX, SN, TVAS
*Sunday, June 2TBDDallas at Vancouver/EdmontonSN, TVAS, TNT, truTV, MAX
*Tuesday, June 4TBDVancouver/Edmonton at DallasTNT, truTV, MAX, SN, CBC, TVAS
2024 Western Conference Finals Schedule

Will Lewis

Have been covering sports of all types for more than 18 years. Will is a lifelong Kentucky Wildcats fan and rooted for the Bengals way back when Joe Montana dashed our hopes and dreams. Now a Padres fan as well. He covers all sports here at Sports Brackets.

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