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2022 NHL Playoffs Central – Bracket, schedule, scores, highlights, analysis


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ESPN staff

The 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs represent a return to normalcy, after a bubble-encased postseason in 2020 and a 2021 tournament that featured realigned intradivisional play, followed by a rebracketing for the final two rounds. Sixteen teams have qualified for a shot, but only one will get to skate the sacred chalice this June.

From the first round all the way through the Stanley Cup Final, ESPN has you covered, including the first 12 games of the playoffs all on ESPN networks, as well as the entire Cup finals on ABC and ESPN+.

Plus, tune in to The Point every weekday afternoon throughout the playoffs for analysis, storytelling and previews of that night’s action. And if you miss anything, watch full-game replays on demand on ESPN+, along with highlights from every game on In The Crease.

Read on for the full playoff picture, including previews, analysis, highlights, schedule and more for each team and series.

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First round

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Atlantic: FLA-WSH | TOR-TB
Metro: CAR-BOS | NYR-PIT
Central: COL-NSH | MIN-STL
Pacific: CGY-DAL | EDM-LA

Atlantic Division

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Regular-season records:

Panthers: 58-18-6, 122 points

Capitals: 44-26-12, 100 points

Leading scorers:

Schedule:

Game 1 (at FLA): Tues., May 3, 7:30 ET (ESPN2)
Game 2 (at FLA): Thurs., May 5, 7:30 ET (TBS)
Game 3 (at WSH): Sat., May 7, 1 ET (ESPN)
Game 4 (at WSH): Mon., May 9, 7 ET (TBS)
Game 5 (at FLA): TBA
Game 6 (at WSH): TBA
Game 7 (at FLA): TBA

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Regular-season records:

Maple Leafs: 54-21-7, 115 points

Lightning: 51-23-8, 110 points

Leading scorers:

Schedule:

Game 1 (at TOR): Mon., May 2, 7:30 ET (ESPN2)
Game 2 (at TOR): Weds., May 4, 7:30 ET (ESPN2)
Game 3 (at TB): Fri., May 6, 7:30 ET (TBS)
Game 4 (at TB): Sun., May 8, 7 ET (TBS)
Game 5 (at TOR): TBA
Game 6 (at TB): TBA
Game 7 (at TOR): TBA

Metropolitan Division

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Regular-season records:

Hurricanes: 54-20-8, 116 points

Bruins: 51-26-5, 107 points

Leading scorers:

Schedule:

Game 1 (at CAR): Mon., May 2, 7 ET (ESPN)
Game 2 (at CAR): Weds., May 4, 7 ET (ESPN)
Game 3 (at BOS): Fri., May 6, 7 ET (TNT)
Game 4 (at BOS): Sun., May 8, 12:30 ET (ESPN)
Game 5 (at CAR): TBA
Game 6 (at BOS): TBA
Game 7 (at CAR): TBA

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Regular-season records:

Rangers: 52-24-6, 110 points

Penguins: 46-25-11, 103 points

Leading scorers:

Schedule:

Game 1 (at NYR): Tues., May 3, 7 ET (ESPN)
Game 2 (at NYR): Thurs., May 5, 7 ET (TNT)
Game 3 (at PIT): Sat., May 7, 7 ET (TNT)
Game 4 (at PIT): Mon., May 9, 7 ET (ESPN)
Game 5 (at NYR): TBA
Game 6 (at PIT): TBA
Game 7 (at NYR): TBA

Central Division

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Regular-season records:

Avalanche: 56-19-7, 119 points

Predators: 45-30-7, 97 points

Leading scorers:

Schedule:

Game 1 (at COL): Tues., May 3, 9:30 ET (ESPN)
Game 2 (at COL): Thurs., May 5, 9:30 ET (TNT)
Game 3 (at NSH): Sat., May 7, 4:30 ET (TNT)
Game 4 (at NSH): Mon., May 9, 9:30 ET (ESPN)
Game 5 (at COL): TBA
Game 6 (at NSH): TBA
Game 7 (at COL): TBA

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Regular-season records:

Wild: 53-22-7, 113 points

Blues: 49-22-11, 109 points

Leading scorers:

Schedule:

Game 1 (at MIN): Mon., May 2, 9:30 ET (ESPN)
Game 2 (at MIN): Weds., May 4, 9:30 ET (ESPN)
Game 3 (at STL): Fri., May 6, 9:30 ET (TNT)
Game 4 (at STL): Sun., May 8, 4:30 ET (TBS)
Game 5 (at MIN): TBA
Game 6 (at STL): TBA
Game 7 (at MIN): TBA

Pacific Division

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Regular season records:

Flames: 50-21-11, 111 points

Stars: 46-30-6, 98 points

Leading scorers:

Schedule:

Game 1 (at CGY): Tues., May 3, 10 ET (ESPN2)
Game 2 (at CGY): Thurs., May 5, 10 ET (TBS)
Game 3 (at DAL): Sat., May 7, 9:30 ET (TNT)
Game 4 (at DAL): Mon., May 9, 9:30 ET (TBS)
Game 5 (at CGY): TBA
Game 6 (at DAL): TBA
Game 7 (at CGY): TBA

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Regular season records:

Oilers: 49-27-6, 104 points

Kings: 44-27-11, 99 points

Leading scorers:

Schedule:

Game 1 (at EDM): Mon., May 2, 10 ET (ESPN2)
Game 2 (at EDM): Weds., May 4, 10 ET (ESPN2)
Game 3 (at LA): Fri., May 6, 10 ET (TBS)
Game 4 (at LA): Sun., May 8, 10 ET (TBS)
Game 5 (at EDM): TBA
Game 6 (at LA): TBA
Game 7 (at EDM): TBA

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