The NHL playoffs start Wednesday, April 16, three days after the end of the regular season. Sixteen of the 30 league teams make the playoffs, eight from each conference. Per conference, the top three finishers of both divisions and two wildcard teams make the playoffs. This produces 8 first round matchups. There are no first round byes. All rounds are best 4 out of 7 in this home and away pattern: HHAAHAH. Here's what the matchups look like this year:
The 2014 NHL playoff schedule is included in the spreadsheet and lists the dates, times, and national broadcast information for the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Download the bracket for free by clicking the link below:
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