The Stanley Cup playoffs in 2022 have arrived. After a season that took a little longer than usual, the postseason is come, and the anticipation is palpable.
The Panthers won the Presidents’ Trophy as the league’s best club in their best season to date. The Avalanche, who finished first in the Western Conference and were generally one of the best teams all season, was right behind them.
When compared to the rest of the Eastern Conference, the Maple Leafs had a great regular season thanks to Auston Matthews’ 60-goal season. After winning in 2020 and ’21 with their core group intact, the Lightning are targeting a potential three-peat.
The Bruins, who are a wild-card team but have the potential to pull off many upsets, round up the Atlantic.
The Rangers were one of the league’s biggest shocks because to their youth and Igor Shesterkin, while the Penguins are hoping for one last postseason push with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang. Meanwhile, the Capitals have gone unnoticed, entering the playoffs as the second wild-card team.
The Flames, who easily won the Pacific Division thanks to career years from Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk, came in second to the Avalanche’s triumph in the West. The Oilers are back in the playoffs because to the dynamic combo of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, while the Kings had a great season thanks to a mix of prospects and veterans.
The Central Division was brimming with excellent squads. The Avalanche will be joined in the playoffs by the Wild, Blues, Predators, and Stars. Kirill Kaprizov led the Wild to another victory, while Vladimir Tarasenko and Robert Thomas had breakout games for the Blues. While leading the Predators, Roman Josi enjoyed a Norris Trophy-worthy season,
and the spectacular three of Jason Robertson, Roope Hintz, and Joe Pavelski carried the Stars to the playoffs almost single-handedly.
It will be a thrilling few weeks for sports lovers all across the world. Here’s all you need to know to watch the games on Monday night.
NHL schedule today
Wednesday, May 11
|Game||Matchup||Time (ET)||TV channel (U.S.)||TV channel (Canada)|
|Game 5||Rangers vs. Penguins||7 p.m.||ESPN||Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports|
|Game 5||Panthers vs. Capitals||7:30 p.m.||ESPN2||SN360, TVA Sports|
|Game 5||Flames vs. Stars||9:30 p.m.||ESPN||Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports|
NHL scores from yesterday
Tuesday, May 10
|Game 5||Hurricanes 5, Bruins 1||Canes 3-2|
|Game 5||Maple Leafs 4, Lightning 2||Leafs 3-2|
|Game 5||Blues 5, Wild 2||Blues 3-2|
|Game 5||Kings 5, Oilers 4||Kings 3-2|