2019 Stanley Cup playoffs

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2019 Stanley Cup playoffs
Tournament details
DatesApril 10–June 2019
Defending championsWashington Capitals
2020 →

The 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs is the forthcoming playoff tournament of the National Hockey League (NHL). The playoffs will begin on April 10, 2019, after the 2018–19 NHL season, and will end with the Stanley Cup Finals in June, to determine the winner of the Stanley Cup.

The Tampa Bay Lightning made the playoffs as the Presidents' Trophy winners with the most points (i.e. best record) during the regular season.

Playoff teams[edit]

This will be the sixth year in which the top three teams in each division make the playoffs, along with two wild cards in each conference (for a total of eight playoff teams from each conference).

As of March 19, the following teams have qualified for the playoffs:[1]

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

Playoff seeds[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Atlantic Division[edit]

  1. Tampa Bay Lightning, Atlantic Division champions, Eastern Conference regular season champions, Presidents' Trophy winners

Playoff bracket[edit]

In each round, teams compete in a best-of-seven series following a 2–2–1–1–1 format (scores in the bracket indicate the number of games won in each best-of-seven series). The team with home ice advantage plays at home for games one and two (and games five and seven, if necessary), and the other team is at home for games three and four (and game six, if necessary). The top three teams in each division make the playoffs, along with two wild cards in each conference, for a total of eight teams from each conference.

In the First Round, the lower seeded wild card in the conference plays against the division winner with the best record while the other wild card plays against the other division winner, and both wild cards are de facto #4 seeds. The other series match the second and third place teams from the divisions. In the first two rounds, home ice advantage is awarded to the team with the better seed. Thereafter, it is awarded to the team that had the better regular season record.

  First Round Second Round Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
A1 Tampa Bay 0  
Eastern Conference
Western Conference
  • A1, A2, A3 – The first, second, and third place teams from the Atlantic Division, respectively
  • M1, M2, M3 – The first, second, and third place teams from the Metropolitan Division, respectively
  • C1, C2, C3 – The first, second, and third place teams from the Central Division, respectively
  • P1, P2, P3 – The first, second, and third place teams from the Pacific Division, respectively
  • WC – Wild Card teams


This will mark the eighth postseason under NBC Sports' current 10-year contract for American television rights to the NHL. All national coverage of games will be aired on either NBCSN, the NBC broadcast network, NHL Network, USA Network, or CNBC. During the first round, excluding games exclusively broadcast on NBC, the regional rights holders of each participating U.S. team will produce local telecasts of their respective games.

In Canada, for the fifth postseason under Rogers Media's current 12-year contract, coverage will be broadcast by Sportsnet networks and CBC Television under the Hockey Night in Canada brand, and streamed on Sportsnet Now, CBCSports.ca (for games televised by CBC), or the subscription service Rogers NHL Live.


  1. ^ "2018–2019 Wild Card Standings". NHL.com. Retrieved March 19, 2019.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2018 Stanley Cup playoffs
Stanley Cup playoffs
Succeeded by
2020 Stanley Cup playoffs