NHL playoffs schedule 2022: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for every series

It's nearly here. We are down to two teams in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs with the final series set to start soon. 

The Avalanche and the Lightning will square off for a chance at raising the Stanley Cup. Tampa Bay is eyeing a three-peat, coming into this series as champions from 2020 and 2021. They would be the first team to accomplish the rare feat since the Islanders in the early '80s. 

Opposing them is the preseason favorites to win the championship, the Avalanche. Colorado has not won it all since 2001 when current general manager Joe Sakic was still playing as their captain. 

It all starts on Wednesday, June 15 with Tampa Bay and Colorado playing in Game 1.

Here is all the TV and schedule info you need for the Stanley Cup Final of the 2022 NHL playoffs: 

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NHL playoffs 2022: TV channels, live stream

The Stanley Cup FInal will be broadcast on ABC for all seven games of the series. U.S.  viewers can stream the games on ESPN+ or fuboTV. 

Sportsnet and CBC will show all the series in Canada, as well TVA Sports for the French-speaking audience. SN NOW will be streaming the finals. 

How will the NHL playoffs work in 2022?

Here's a quick overview of how the 2022 postseason will work:

  • Eight teams in each conference make the postseason: the top three teams in each division and two wild-card teams.
  • In the first round, the division winners play the wild-card teams while the second-and third-place teams in each division face off.
  • The first-round winners in each conference will play each other in the second round. The winner of the series with the No. 2 and No. 3 teams for one division plays the winner of the series with their division winner playing the wild card team. For example, for this postseason, the winner of the Panthers-Capitals plays the winner of the Maple Leafs-Lightning, regardless of whether the lower seed wins or not, keeping the division "together" in the bracket. 
  • The winners of the second-round series will face off in the conference finals.
  • The conference champions will meet in the Stanley Cup Final.

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NHL playoffs schedule, results by series

(All times Eastern)

(*If necessary.)

Stanley Cup Final

DateGameMatchupTimeNational TV
Wed., June 15Game 1Avalanche 4, Lightning 3 (OT)8 p.m.ABC
Sat., June 18Game 2Avalanche 7, Lightning 08 p.m.ABC
Mon., June 20Game 3Lightning 6, Avalanche 28 p.m.ABC
Wed., June 22Game 4Avalanche 3, Lightning 2 (OT)8 p.m.ABC
Fri., June 24Game 5Lightning 3, Avalanche 28 p.m.ABC
Sun., June 26Game 6Avalanche at Lightning8 p.m.ABC
Tue., June 28Game 7*Lightning at Avalanche8 p.m.ABC

Conference Finals

Western Conference: (C1) Colorado Avalanche vs. (P2) Edmonton Oilers

Avalanche win 4-0

Eastern Conference: (M2) New York Rangers vs. (A3) Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning win 4-2

Second round

Eastern Conference: (A1) Florida Panthers vs. (A3) Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning win 4-0

Eastern Conference: (M1) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (M2) New York Rangers

Rangers win 4-3

Western Conference: (C1) Colorado Avalanche vs. (C3) St. Louis Blues

Avalanche win 4-2

Western Conference: (P1) Calgary Flames vs. (P2) Edmonton Oilers

Oilers win 4-1

First round

Eastern Conference: (A1) Florida Panthers vs. (WC2) Washington Capitals

Panthers win 4-2

Eastern Conference: (A2) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (A3) Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning win 4-3

Eastern Conference: (M1) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (WC1) Boston Bruins

Hurricanes win 4-3

Eastern Conference: (M2) New York Rangers vs. (M3) Pittsburgh Penguins

Rangers win 4-3

Western Conference: (C1) Colorado Avalanche vs. (WC2) Nashville Predators

Avalanche win 4-0

Western Conference: (C2) Minnesota Wild vs. (C3) St. Louis Blues

Blues win 4-2

Western Conference: (P1) Calgary Flames vs. (WC1) Dallas Stars

Flames win 4-3

Western Conference: (P2) Edmonton Oilers vs. (P3) Los Angeles Kings

Oilers win 4-3 

Author(s)
Bryan Murphy is an NHL Content Producer for The Sporting News. He previously worked at NBC Sports and is a graduate of Quinnipiac University.