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When do the 2022 NHL Playoffs begin?

We take break down all you need to know about the start of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Pittsburgh Penguins v Tampa Bay Lightning Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs are fast approaching. The regular season concludes on Sunday, May 1 when Seattle and Winnipeg face off. The NHL playoffs are scheduled to get started the next day, on Monday, May 2. The four-round playoff bracket will last into June.

The current playoff format features a 16-team tournament. In the first round, the No. 1 seeds in the Eastern and Western Conferences will face the second Wild Card in their respective conferences. The No. 2 seeds will face the top wild card team. The teams that finish second in each of the four divisions (Metropolitan, Atlantic, Central, Pacific) will play the third-place team in their respective division.

Here is a rundown of the teams that have clinched a playoff berth ahead of the 2022 NHL Playoffs and projected matchups. That’s followed by complete odds to win the 2022 Stanley Cup.

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Florida Panthers vs. WC No. 2 Washington Capitals
No. 2 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. No. 3 Tampa Bay Lightning

No. 1 Carolina Hurricanes vs. WC No. 1 Boston Bruins
No. 2 New York Rangers vs. No. 3 Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference

No. 1 Colorado Avalanche vs. WC No. 2 Nashville Predators
No. 2 Minnesota Wild vs. No. 3 St. Louis Blues
No. 1 Calgary Flames vs. WC No. 1 Dallas Stars
No. 2 Edmonton Oilers vs. No. 3 Los Angeles Kings

Current Odds for Stanley Cup winner

Colorado Avalanche +330
Florida Panthers +550
Calgary Flames +700
Toronto Maple Leafs +900
Tampa Bay Lightning +1100
Carolina Hurricanes +1200
New York Rangers +1600
Boston Bruins +1600
Minnesota Wild +1600
Pittsburgh Penguins +1800
Edmonton Oilers: +1800
St. Louis Blues: +2000
Washington Capitals: +3000
Nashville Predators: +4500
Dallas Stars: +4500
Los Angeles Kings: +6000

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