2025 NHL Playoff Schedule and Stanley Cup Finals

2025 NHL Playoff Schedule

The 2025 NHL Playoff schedule starts on April 18th, 2025. The playoffs go through the Stanley Cup Finals that begin on June 9th, 2025. This will be the 107th season of play for the NHL with the regular season kicking off with two games in Prague, Czech Republic between the Buffalo Sabres and the New Jersey Devils. We have the Stanley Cup Playoff schedules, TV broadcast information, and more as it is confirmed by the league. 

When do the 2025 NHL Playoffs Start? 

So, you know that we are getting into Spring when March Madness wraps up and its time for the 2025 NHL Playoff schedule to begin. We estimate the start of the first round of the playoffs to be April 18th, 2025. This round of play will go through approximately May 3rd give or take a few days based on how many games each series takes to wrap up. As information gets firmed up or becomes more clear, I’ll update you here. 

What is the 2025 NHL Playoff Schedule?

So, no changes for this year. The 2025 NHL playoff schedule goes for four rounds. It always takes place between April and June every year. Just like the seasons. The NBA Playoffs also run in parallel to the NHL each season. Once the dust settles on offseason transactions, the draft, and more, we’ll update you on the overall Stanley Cup Playoff picture. You can also check out the list of Stanley Cup winners to see how many times your favorite team has taken home the Stanley Cup. Here’s the high-level schedule for the playoffs for you. 

  • First Round: April 18-May 3.
  • Second Round: May 4 – TBD
  • Conference Finals: TBD
  • Stanley Cup Finals: June 9-TBD

We have the 2024 NHL Playoff bracket posted up here for you to work your own NHL bracketology. We’ll get the 2025 Stanley Cup bracket up here soon for you in PDF as well. 

When do the Stanley Cup Finals 2025 Take Place? 

The 2025 Stanley Cup Finals get started on June 9th, 2025 They are a best of seven game series. If the championship round goes the distance, we can see a game 7 in late June. As the NHL playoff picture firms up and the NHL confirms matchups, dates, and times, we’ll update you here. 

What TV Channels Show the 2025 NHL Playoffs? 

If you want to watch the 2025 NHL Playoffs, you’ll have several options based on what country you are in at the time. In the US, the 2025 NHL Playoffs will be shown on TNT, ESPN, ESPN2, and TBS. For Canadian hockey fans, the games are shown on Sportsnet and CBC. 

2025 NHL Playoff Schedule

2025 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
2025 NHL Playoff Schedule – First Round

2025 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
2025 NHL Playoff – Second Round Schedule

2025 NHL Playoffs – Conference Finals

Winner of 1-4-5-8 vs. Winner of 2-3-6-7.TBDTBDTBD
2025 NHL Conference Finals Schedule

2025 Stanley Cup Finals Schedule

Game 1June 9 – TBDTBDTBD
2025 Stanley Cup Finals Schedule

2024 NHL Playoff Highlights (Stanley Cup Finals Game 1)

To get you ready for 2025, we have highlights from the 2024 playoffs. You can also check when the last time a Canadian team won the Stanley Cup here. 

2024 Stanley Cup Finals Game 1 Highlights

Will Lewis

Have been covering sports of all types for more than 18 years. March Madness is my favorite time of year before we hit the NBA and NHL playoffs. 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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