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NHL Playoff Bracket 2024

Last Updated: Apr 20, 2024

The 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs start on Saturday, April 20.

The Vegas Golden Knights will try to follow in the footsteps of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins as recent repeat champions, but they’ll have to do it as significant underdogs after finishing in the West’s second wild-card spot.

Read about the NHL postseason structure, and download our printable PDF bracket for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

NHL Playoff Bracket 2024 Printable

2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket

Download our Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket PDF.

How Do the Stanley Cup Playoffs Work?

The postseason consists of four best-of-seven rounds, with the Stanley Cup champion needing to win 16 games to lift the trophy. Eight teams from each conference qualify — three from each division plus a pair of wild cards in the Eastern and Western Conferences.

See which teams The Game Day thinks are the best bets to win the Stanley Cup.

Eastern Conference NHL Playoffs

Round 1

ATLANTIC DIVISION

  • A1 Florida Panthers vs WC1 Tampa Bay Lightning
  • A2 Boston Bruins vs A3 Toronto Maple Leafs

METROPOLITAN DIVISION

  • M1 New York Rangers vs WC2 Washington Capitals
  • M2 Carolina Hurricanes vs M3 New York Islanders

Round 2

ATLANTIC DIVISION

  • Florida Panthers/Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins/Toronto Maple Leafs

METROPOLITAN DIVISION

  • New York Rangers/Washington Capitals vs Carolina Hurricanes/New York Islanders

Western Conference NHL Playoffs

Round 1

CENTRAL DIVISION

  • C1 Dallas Stars vs WC2 Vegas Golden Knights
  • C2 Winnipeg Jets vs C3 Colorado Avalanche

PACIFIC DIVISION

  • P1 Vancouver Canucks vs WC1 Nashville Predators
  • P2 Edmonton Oilers vs P3 Los Angeles Kings

Round 2

CENTRAL DIVISION

  • Dallas Stars/Vegas Golden Knights vs Winnipeg Jets/Colorado Avalanche

PACIFIC DIVISION

  • Vancouver Canucks/Nashville Predators vs Edmonton Oilers/Los Angeles Kings

NHL Playoffs Conference Finals

EASTERN CONFERENCE

  • Atlantic Division bracket winner vs Metropolitan Division bracket winner

WESTERN CONFERENCE

  • Central Division bracket winner vs Pacific Division bracket winner

NHL Playoffs: Stanley Cup Final

  • Eastern Conference winner vs Western Conference winner

How to Bet on the NHL Playoffs

The NHL playoffs are among the most exciting events to bet on the North American sports calendar.

Betting on the postseason is as easy as placing a futures bet on a team to win the Stanley Cup. However, more props and picks, including odds on whether any bubble teams will miss the postseason, are available to wager at most online sportsbooks throughout the year.

For more postseason betting advice, check out our NHL first-round series predictions.

NHL Playoff Promotions

Once the action gets underway, there will undoubtedly be NHL playoff odds boosts and prop promotions, so be on the lookout for those in the coming days and weeks.

Author

John Arlia

Before joining The Game Day, John served as the National Writer for the United Soccer League, where he primarily covered the USL Championship out of the league’s headquarters in Tampa, FL. A devout soccer fan, John attended the men’s World Cups in Brazil and Russia and can’t wait for the 2026 edition to come to North America. Having also written for Sporting News Canada since getting his master’s from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU, John has acquired a diverse sporting background, but considers football, golf, and soccer his three strong suits.

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