NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Schedule 2023

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Congratulations to the Las Vegas Knights on defeating the Florida Panthers in the Stanley Cup Finals! The NHL now enters its offseason, and the 2023-24 regular season schedule is expected to be announced later in June.

Below you will find the entire 2023 NHL playoff schedule, complete with details on how to safely and securely stream every game with ExpressVPN.

Playoffs start dateMon, Apr 17, 2023 – Sun, Jun 18, 2023
No. of teams:16
Most titles: Montreal Canadiens (24)
TV partner(s):Canada; Sportsnet/TVA Sports; United States; ABC/ESPN/ESPN2/TNT/TBS; International: See list

2023 NHL Playoffs schedule

First Round

Eastern Conference

MatchupDate and timeNetwork
Wild Card No. 2 Florida Panthers defeat Atlantic No. 1 Boston Bruins in six gamesSeries begins Monday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. / 12:30 a.m. BSTESPN, TNT, CBC, Ran.de
Atlantic No. 2 Toronto Maple Leafs defeat No. 3 Tampa Bay Lightning in six gamesSeries begins Tuesday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. / 12:30 a.m. BSTESPN, TBS, CBC
Metropolitan No. 1 Carolina Hurricanes defeat Wild Card No. 1 New York Islanders in six gamesSeries begins Monday, April 17, at 7 p.m. / 12 a.m. BSTESPN2, TBS, TNT
Metropolitan No. 2 New Jersey Devils defeat No. 3 New York Rangers in seven gamesSeries begins Tuesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. / 12 a.m. BSTABC, ESPN, TBS

Western Conference

MatchupDate and timeNetwork
Wild Card No. 1 Seattle Kraken defeat Central No. 1 Colorado Avalanche in seven gamesSeries begins Tuesday, April 18, at 10 p.m. / 3 a.m. BSTESPN, TBS
Central No. 2 Dallas Stars defeat No. 3 Minnesota Wild in six gamesSeries begins Monday, April 17, at 7 p.m. / 12 a.m. BSTESPN2, TBS
Pacific No. 1 Vegas Golden Knights defeat Wild Card No. 2 Winnipeg Jets in five gamesSeries begins Tuesday, April 18, at 9:30 p.m. / 2:30 a.m. BSTESPN, ESPN2, TBS, CBC
Pacific No. 2 Edmonton Oilers defeat No. 3 Los Angeles Kings in six gamesSeries begins Monday, April 17, at 10 p.m. / 3 a.m. BSTESPN, TBS, TNT, CBC

Semifinals

Eastern Conference

MatchupDate and timeNetwork
Wild Card No. 2 Florida Panthers defeat Atlantic No. 2 Toronto Maple Leafs in five gamesSeries begins Tuesday, May 2, at 7 p.m. / 12 a.m. BSTESPN, TNT, CBC
Metropolitan No. 1 Carolina Hurricanes defeat Metropolitan No. 2 New Jersey Devils in five gamesSeries begins Wednesday, May 3, at 7 p.m. / 12 a.m. BSTESPN

Western Conference

MatchupDate and timeNetwork
Central No. 2 Dallas Stars defeat Wild Card No. 1 Seattle Kraken in seven gamesSeries begins Tuesday, May 2, at 9:30 p.m. / 2:30 a.m. BSTESPN, TNT
Pacific No. 1 Vegas Golden Knights defeat Pacific No. 2 Edmonton Oilers in six gamesSeries begins Wednesday, May 3, at 9:30 p.m. / 2:30 a.m. BSTCBC

Eastern Conference Finals

MatchupDate and timeNetwork
Wild Card No. 2 Florida Panthers 4, Metropolitan No. 1 Carolina Hurricanes 3 (4 OT)Thursday, May 18, 8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. BSTTNT
Wild Card No. 2 Florida Panthers 2, Metropolitan No. 1 Carolina Hurricanes 1 (OT)Saturday, May 20, 8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. BSTTNT
Wild Card No. 2 Florida Panthers 1, Metropolitan No. 1 Carolina Hurricanes 0Monday, May 22, 8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. BSTTNT
Wild Card No. 2 Florida Panthers 4, Metropolitan No. 1 Carolina Panthers 3Wednesday, May 24, 8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. BSTTNT

Western Conference Finals

MatchupDate and timeNetwork
Pacific No. 1 Vegas Golden Knights 4, Central No. 2 Dallas Stars 3 (OT)Friday, May 19, 8:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 a.m. BSTESPN, ESPN+
Pacific No. 1 Vegas Golden Knights 3, Central No. 2 Dallas Stars 2 (OT)Sunday, May 21, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. BSTABC, ESPN+
Pacific No. 1 Vegas Golden Knights 4, Central No. 2 Dallas Stars 0Tuesday, May 23, 8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. BSTESPN, ESPN+
Central No. 2 Dallas Stars 3, Pacific No. 1 Vegas Golden Knights 2 (OT)Thursday, May 25, 8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. BSTESPN, ESPN+
Central No. 2 Dallas Stars 4, Pacific No. 1 Vegas Golden Knights 2Saturday, May 27,  8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. BSTABC, ESPN+
Pacific No. 1 Vegas Golden Knights 6, Central No. 2 Dallas Stars 0Monday, May 29, 8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. BSTESPN, ESPN+

2023 Stanley Cup Finals

MatchupDate and timeNetwork
Vegas Golden Knights 5, Florida Panthers 2Saturday, June 3, 8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. BSTTNT, TBS, CBC
Vegas Golden Knights 7, Florida Panthers 2Monday, June 5, 8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. BSTTNT, TBS, CBC
Florida Panthers 3, Vegas Golden Knights 2 (OT)Thursday, June 8, 8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. BSTTNT, CBC
Vegas Golden Knights 3, Florida Panthers 2Saturday, June 10, 8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. BSTTNT, CBC
Vegas Golden Knights 9, Florida Panthers 3Tuesday, June 13,  8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. BSTTNT, CBC

2023 NHL standings

Division

Atlantic Division

TeamRecordPoints
Boston Bruins65-12-5135
Toronto Maple Leafs50-21-11111
Tampa Bay Lightning46-30-698
Florida Panthers42-32-892
Buffalo Sabres42-33-791
Ottawa Senators39-35-886
Detroit Red Wings35-37-1080
Montreal Canadiens31-45-668

Metropolitan Division

TeamRecordPoints
Carolina Hurricanes52-21-9113
New Jersey Devils52-22-8112
New York Rangers47-22-13107
New York Islanders42-31-993
Pittsburgh Penguins40-31-1191
Washington Capitals35-37-1080
Philadelphia Flyers31-38-1375
Columbus Blue Jackets25-48-959

Central Division

TeamRecordPoints
Colorado Avalanche51-24-7109
Dallas Stars47-21-14108
Minnesota Wild46-25-11103
Winnipeg Jets46-33-395
Nashville Predators43-32-892
St. Louis Blues37-38-881
Arizona Coyotes28-40-1470
Chicago Blackhawks26-49-759

Pacific Division

TeamRecordPoints
Vegas Golden Knights51-22-9111
Edmonton Oilers50-23-9109
Los Angeles Kings47-25-10104
Seattle Kraken46-28-8100
Calgary Flames38-27-1793
Vancouver Canucks38-37-783
San Jose Sharks22-44-1660
Anaheim Ducks23-47-1258

Wild Card

Eastern Conference

TeamRecordPoints
New York Islanders42-31-993
Florida Panthers42-32-892
Pittsburgh Penguins40-31-1191
Buffalo Sabres42-33-791
Ottawa Senators39-35-886
Washington Capitals35-37-1080
Washington Capitals35-37-1080
Philadelphia Flyers31-38-1375
Montreal Canadiens31-45-668
Columbus Blue Jackets25-48-959

Western Conference

TeamRecordPoints
Seattle Kraken46-28-8100
Winnipeg Jets46-33-395
Calgary Flames38-27-1793
Nashville Predators43-32-892
Vancouver Canucks38-37-783
St. Louis Blues37-38-881
Arizona Coyotes28-40-1470
San Jose Sharks22-44-1660
Chicago Blackhawks26-49-759
Anaheim Ducks23-47-1258

*Italics denote playoff team

Conference

Eastern Conference

TeamRecordPoints
Boston Bruins65-12-5135
Carolina Hurricanes52-21-9113
New Jersey Devils52-22-8112
Toronto Maple Leafs50-21-11111
New York Rangers47-22-13107
Tampa Bay Lightning46-30-698
New York Islanders42-31-993
Florida Panthers42-32-892
Pittsburgh Penguins40-31-1191
Buffalo Sabres42-33-791
Ottawa Senators39-35-886
Detroit Red Wings35-37-1080
Washington Capitals35-37-1080
Philadelphia Flyers31-38-1375
Montreal Canadiens31-45-668
Columbus Blue Jackets25-48-959

Western Conference

TeamRecordPoints
Vegas Golden Knights51-22-9111
Edmonton Oilers50-23-9109
Colorado Avalanche51-24-7109
Dallas Stars47-21-14108
Los Angeles Kings47-25-10104
Minnesota Wild46-25-11103
Winnipeg Jets46-33-395
Seattle Kraken46-28-8100
Calgary Flames38-27-1793
Nashville Predators43-32-892
Vancouver Canucks38-37-783
St. Louis Blues37-38-881
Arizona Coyotes28-40-1470
San Jose Sharks22-44-1660
Chicago Blackhawks26-49-759
Anaheim Ducks23-47-1258

*Italics denote playoff team

What is the format of the 2023 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs?

The top three teams in each NHL division make the playoffs, along with two wild cards in each conference. Teams earn their playoff spot via points rather than solely through win totals; for example, the Florida Panthers and Buffalo Sabres each had 42 victories, but the Panthers earned a playoff spot because they had 92 points to the Sabres’ 91.

Each round is a best-of-seven series, ensuring the team with home-ice advantage hosts games one, two, five, and seven. The teams are split into two separate brackets by division for the first round, with each bracket consisting of the top three divisional qualifiers and a wild card team.

If you want to know even more, check out the NHL’s official website and read their full guide on how the entire system works!

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