NHL Playoffs 2022: Schedule, Format, Bracket, Odds, Predictions

NHL Playoffs 2022: The National Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league in North America comprising 32 teams—25 in the United States and 7 in Canada.

It is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and is one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.

NHL Playoffs 2022: Schedule, Format, Bracket, Odds, Predictions

Schedule:

The 2021-22 NHL regular season is nearly complete. This week is the homestretch, with 29 of the league’s 30 teams having only two or three games still to play. And while 13 of the 16 playoff berths have been clinched, there are still important matchups on deck.

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Florida Panthers (120 points) vs. No. 8 Washington Capitals (100)

No. 2 Carolina Hurricanes (112) vs. No. 7 Boston Bruins (103)

No. 3 Toronto Maple Leafs (111) vs. No. 6 Tampa Bay Lightning (106)

No. 4 New York Rangers (108) vs. No. 5 Pittsburgh Penguins (101)

                    

Western Conference

No. 1 Colorado Avalanche (116 points) vs. No. 8 Dallas Stars (93)

No. 2 Calgary Flames (108) vs. No. 7 Nashville Predators (94)

No. 3 Minnesota Wild (109) vs. No. 6 St. Louis Blues (109)

No. 4 Edmonton Oilers (98) vs. No. 5 Los Angeles Kings (96)

Format:

The top three teams in each division and two wild cards from each conference make the postseason, with standings calculated on points scored.

The conference top seed plays the No. 2 wild card and the No. 2 seed plays the No. 1 wild card. The second-place team in each division hosts the third-place division team.

Bracket:

NHL Playoffs 2022: Schedule, Format, Bracket, Odds, Predictions

Vegas needs a win over Dallas on Tuesday and some help from Arizona and Anaheim to leapfrog to second wild-card position.

The Golden Knights finish the regular season on the road against the Chicago Blackhawks.

St. Louis can play for second place in the Central Division on Friday, so Vegas won’t be up against a weaker opponent who has already secured a playoff berth.

Odds:

Colorado Avalanche+350
Florida Panthers+550
Calgary Flames+900
Toronto Maple Leafs+1000
Tampa Bay Lightning+1000
Carolina Hurricanes+1000
Boston Bruins+1600
Pittsburgh Penguins+1600
Vegas Golden Knights+1800
Minnesota Wild+1800
New York Rangers+2000
St. Louis Blues+2200
Edmonton Oilers+2500
Washington Capitals+3000
Nashville Predators+4000
Los Angeles Kings+4000
Dallas Stars+5000
Vancouver Canucks+15000

Predictions:

The Stanley Cup Final betting odds are based on the bets representing the 18 teams that survive the race to the playoffs.

Two of these teams would not make the playoffs, as only eight from each conference would make the postseason.

Surprisingly, the Vegas Golden Knights are among the top contenders in the Western Conference. Vegas is four points behind the final playoff spot with four games left. They are extremely risky bets.

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