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2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs Schedule

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After setting single-season records for points and wins, the Boston Bruins are charging ahead to the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the top seed from the Atlantic Division. They are set to take the ice tonight, April 17, at TD Garden against the Florida Panthers.

The other three top seeds are the Carolina Hurricanes, Vegas Golden Knights and defending champion Colorado Avalanche. Learn more about the 16 remaining teams and the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule below. 

NHL Playoffs Format

All 16 teams will compete in the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round. The two top seeds will face the second-seeded Wild Card teams, then the next two No. 1 seeds will face the top Wild Card seeds. The second and third seeds in each division will face each other for a chance to advance to the second round. Regular season records determine all seeding. 

Teams will play a best-of-seven series in each round of the NHL Playoffs with a 2-2-1-1-1 format. The higher seed holds home-ice advantage in the First Round, hosting games 1, 2, 5 and 7, if necessary. Later rounds favor the team with the best regular season record regardless of seed. 

If two teams are tied at the end of regulation, they will continue to play 20-minute sudden-death periods until a winner emerges. The overtime periods feature five-on-five play. 

Eastern Conference

Boston is the top seed in the Eastern Conference after winning the President’s Trophy with a 65-12-5 record and 135 points. The Bruins won their final eight games of the regular season and 15 of their last 16. Their opponent, the Florida Panthers, won six in a row to secure a Wild Card spot but dropped the final two games. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning are the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds out of the Atlantic Division. 

Carolina is the top seed in the Metropolitan Division and will face the New York Islanders in the First Round. The New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers are the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds. This marks the first time in 16 years and only the fourth time in league history that all three New York/New Jersey-based teams have advanced to the playoffs. 

Western Conference

The Golden Knights carry a 51-22-9 record as the top team out of the Pacific Division. They barely held off the charging Edmonton Oilers, who finished with a 9-0-1 mark in their last 10 games to take the second seed. The Golden Knights will face the Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton will take on the Los Angeles Kings.

Last year’s Stanley Cup winner, Colorado, is the top seed out of the Central Division with a 51-24-7 record and an 8-1-1 mark in their last 10 games. The Avalanche will face the Seattle Kraken, who are making their first-ever playoff appearance. The Kraken finished their second season with 46 wins and 100 points after recording 27 and 60 a year ago. 

The Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild hold the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in the Western Conference. 

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2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round Schedule

The 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round begins Monday, April 17, and is scheduled to run through May 1. Games 5–7 are marked with an asterisk as they are conditional in a best-of-seven series.

Eastern Conference

Boston Bruins vs. Florida Panthers

  • April 17 – Florida at Boston – TD Garden
  • April 19 – Florida at Boston
  • April 21 – Boston at Florida – Amerant Bank Arena
  • April 23 – Boston at Florida
  • *April 26 – Florida at Boston
  • *April 28 – Boston at Florida
  • *April 30 – Florida at Boston

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 

  • April 18 – Tampa Bay at Toronto – Scotiabank Arena
  • April 20 – Tampa Bay at Toronto
  • April 22 – Toronto at Tampa Bay – Amalie Arena
  • April 24 – Toronto at Tampa Bay
  • *April 27 – Tampa Bay at Toronto
  • *April 29 – Toronto at Tampa Bay
  • *May 1 – Tampa Bay at Toronto

Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders

  • April 17 – NY Islanders at Carolina – PNC Arena
  • April 19 – NY Islanders at Carolina
  • April 21 – Carolina at NY Islanders – UBS Arena
  • April 23 – Carolina at NY Islanders
  • *April 25 – NY Islanders at Carolina
  • *April 28 – Carolina t NY Islanders
  •  *April 30 – NY Islanders at Carolina

New Jersey Devils vs. NY Rangers

  • April 18 – NY Rangers at New Jersey – Prudential Center
  • April 20 – NY Rangers at New Jersey
  • April 22 – New Jersey at NY Rangers – Madison Square Garden
  • April 24 – New Jersey at NY Rangers
  • *April 27 – NY Rangers at New Jersey
  • *April 29 – New Jersey at NY Rangers
  • *May 1 – NY Rangers at New Jersey

Western Conference

Colorado Avalanche vs. Seattle Kraken

  • April 18 – Seattle at Colorado – Ball Arena
  • April 20 – Seattle at Colorado
  • April 22 – Colorado at Seattle – Climate Pledge Arena
  • April 24 – Colorado at Seattle 
  • *April 26 – Seattle at Colorado
  • *April 28 – Colorado at Seattle 
  • *April 30 – Seattle at Colorado

Dallas Stars vs. Minnesota Wild

  • April 17 – Minnesota at Dallas – American Airlines Center
  • April 19 – Minnesota at Dallas
  • April 21 – Dallas at Minnesota – Xcel Energy Center
  • April 23 – Dallas at Minnesota
  • *April 25 – Minnesota at Dallas
  • *April 28 – Dallas at Minnesota
  • *April 30 – Minnesota at Dallas

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Winnipeg Jets

  • April 18 – Winnipeg at Vegas – T-Mobile Arena
  • April 20 – Winnipeg at Vegas
  • April 22 – Vegas at Winnipeg – Canada Life Centre
  • April 24 – Vegas at Winnipeg
  • *April 27 – Winnipeg at Vegas
  • *April 29 – Vegas at Winnipeg
  • *May 1 – Winnipeg at Vegas

Edmonton vs. Los Angeles

  • April 17 – Los Angeles at Edmonton – Rogers Place
  • April 19 – Los Angeles at Edmonton
  • April 21 – Edmonton at Los Angeles – Arena
  • April 23 – Edmonton at Los Angeles
  • *April 25 – Los Angeles at Edmonton
  • *April 29 – Edmonton at Los Angeles
  • *May 1 – Los Angeles at Edmonton

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