The 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs are finally here. After a season that took a bit longer than normal, the postseason has arrived, and the excitement is through the roof.
In the franchise's best season to date, the Panthers earned the Presidents' Trophy as the top team in the league. Right behind them was the Avalanche, who finished first in the Western Conference and consistently was one of the best teams all season long.
Looking at the rest of the Eastern Conference, the Maple Leafs enjoyed a successful regular season on the back of Auston Matthews' 60-goal season. The Lightning are eyeing a potential three-peat after winning in 2020 and '21 with their core group still intact. Rounding out the Atlantic are the Bruins, who might be a wild-card team but possess a threat to make multiple upsets.
The Rangers relied on their youth and Igor Shesterkin to be one of the league's biggest surprises, while the Penguins are hoping to get one last postseason run out of their group of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang. Meanwhile, the Capitals have flown under the radar, entering the postseason as the second wild-card club.
Out in the West, playing second fiddle the Avalanche's success was the Flames, who easily won the Pacific Division thanks to career years from Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk. The Oilers are back in the postseason thanks to the dynamic duo of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl while the Kings' mix of prospects and veterans helped the team to a successful season.
The Central Division was loaded with talented teams. Joining the Avalanche in the playoffs are the Wild, Blues, Predators, and Stars. The Wild thrilled again with Kirill Kaprizov at the helm while the Blues got breakout performances from Vladimir Tarasenko and Robert Thomas. Roman Josi had a Norris Trophy-worthy season while leading the way for the Predators, and the sensational trio of Jason Robertson, Roope Hintz and Joe Pavelski practically single-handedly carried the Stars to the postseason.
It's going to be an exciting few weeks for sports fans around the globe. Here is what you need to know to watch Monday night's games.
NHL schedule today
Friday, May 13
|Game||Matchup||Time (ET)||TV channel (U.S.)||TV channel (Canada)|
|Game 6||Rangers vs. Penguins||7 p.m.||TNT||Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports|
|Game 6||Panthers vs. Capitals||7:30 p.m.||TBS||SN360, TVA Sports|
|Game 6||Flames vs. Stars||9:30 p.m.||TNT||Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports|
NHL scores from yesterday
Thursday, May 12
|Game 6||Bruins 5, Hurricanes 2||tied 3-3|
|Game 6||Lightning 4, Maple Leafs 3||tied 3-3|
|Game 6||Blues 5, Wild 1||Blues win 4-2|
|Game 6||Oilers 4, Kings 2||tied 3-3|