Pittsburgh won six of eight games in this year's regular season series. In the First Round, the fourth seeded team in each division plays against the division winner from their division. After a bubble-encased 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, we're back to a more traditional setup for the 2021 postseason. ET when the No. The Edmonton Oilers finished second in the North Division with 72 points. The Minnesota Wild earned 75 points to finish third in the West Division. It fell in overtime to the Golden Knights on March 27. [8] As a result, Chris Cuthbert will join analyst Craig Simpson on Sportsnet's lead broadcast team. The playoffs will begin in May 2021, a few days after the 2020–21 NHL season, and will end with the 2021 Stanley Cup Finals, to determine the winner of the Stanley Cup in July 2021. How can I watch the 2021 NHL playoffs? Template:2021 Stanley Cup playoffs. When do the Stanley Cup playoffs start? This will also be the first postseason match-up between two Florida-based professional sports teams since the National Football League's 1999 AFC Divisional Playoffs where the Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Miami Dolphins 62–7. It's the best time of year for hockey fans. The postseason format is different in 2021 -- and so was the regular season format. For the second year in a row and third time overall since 1996, all California-based teams, the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, and San Jose Sharks, missed the playoffs. Should this be granted, the North Division winner will be allowed to play games in their arena after the Second Round. St. Louis finished as the fourth seed in the West Division, earning 63 points. But that’s the only normal thing this year. The winners face off in the Second Round. The Canes held the Predators to two or fewer goals in their six prior meetings. If Carolina continues to flex its defensive muscle, it should run through Nashville with ease to earn some rest ahead of a matchup with either the Tampa Bay Lightning or Florida Panthers. This is the sixteenth playoff meeting between these two rivals, with Montreal winning eight of the fifteen previous series. The playoffs were originally scheduled to begin a few days after the 2020–21 regular season, but they began four days prior to the end of the regular season after the Vancouver Canucks had eleven games postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak. Both semifinal winners will advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. In the meantime, the divisions are wrapping up regular season play and settling the bracket for the postseason. The Colorado Avalanche earned the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's best regular season team with 82 points, winning the tiebreaker against Vegas with 35 RWs. The NHL is using a divisional playoff format for the 2020-21 season similar to what it used before 1993-94 when the Smythe, Norris, Patrick and Adams divisions were in place. Once we reach the Stanley Cup Semifinals, the four remaining playoff teams will be re-seeded based on their regular season point totals. The playoffs began on May 15, 2021, and will end with the 2021 Stanley Cup Finals, to determine the winner of the Stanley Cup in July 2021. Their only previous meeting was in the 2001 Western Conference Final, which Colorado won in five games. The 2021 NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs are here. Colorado has a 33-29 advantage in that category over the Knights. The New York Islanders earned 71 points to finish fourth in the East Division. They last met in the 2019 Eastern Conference First Round, which New York won in a four-game sweep. The 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs are here and these are the five best series to watch across the NHL in the first round. There is lots of intrigue around the playoffs this season, especially with the divisional format. Colorado's path just to get to the semifinals could be tough with Vegas lurking as the No. Only Vegas, Colorado and the New York Islanders conceded less often. Each series is played in a 2–2–1–1–1 format, meaning the team with home-ice advantage hosts games one, two, five, and seven, while their opponent hosts games three, four, and six. With the suspension of conferences, the Campbell and Wales trophies will not be awarded this season. In the Stanley Cup Semifinals, the four remaining teams (one from each division) will be reseeded based on their regular season records; the remaining team with the best regular season record will face the remaining team with the worst regular season record, and the two other remaining teams will face each other in the other series, with the two best remaining teams earning home-ice advantage. The other series match the second and third place teams from the divisions. This is the sixth playoff meeting between these two teams, with New York winning four of the five previous series. This is the fourth playoff series between these two teams, with Washington winning two of the three previous series. 1 Pittsburgh vs. No. The Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights will fight for the No. No. The 16-team Stanley Cup playoff field is set, but not all of the matchups have been determined yet. Colorado earned all three of its road wins against Los Angeles by 3-2 scorelines. Carolina won six of eight games in this year's regular season series. For one, the regular season and the postseason are overlapping as the North Division wraps things up after an almost three-week-long COVID-19 pause for the Canucks. The Golden Knights have had several deep runs, making the Stanley Cup Final in 2018 and the Western Conference finals in 2020. They will lead off the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs with their series starting today. Nashville also won at home Saturday by a 3-1 score. The teams that emerge from the four-squad brackets will constitute the final four. Florida won five of eight games in this year's regular season series. They last met in the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, which Washington won in seven games, the first time in Stanley Cup playoff history where all seven games were decided by one goal. They won five of those meetings by multiple tallies. The first tiebreaker for the Presidents' Trophy is regulation wins. This means that the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs have arrived. It felt like the playoffs would never get here considering how slow the regular season dragged since we knew pretty much most of the teams for a good period of time. Colorado won five of eight games in this year's regular season series. [1], The league returned to the traditional 16-team playoff format with all series being best-of-seven, after using a 24-team format in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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. [10], Amazon Web Services debuted advanced shot and save analytics for the playoffs, taking data from the player and puck tracking technology that was first implemented at the start of the regular season. Colorado's most recent home loss in regulation occurred March 8. Consequently, the first two rounds of the playoffs will feature intradivisional matchups, with the higher seeded teams receiving home-ice advantage in those rounds. The Washington Capitals finished second in the East Division with 77 points, losing the tiebreaker against Pittsburgh with 33 ROWs. The 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs is the forthcoming playoff tournament of the National Hockey League (NHL). The specific start date for the NHL playoffs is still being determined due to COVID-19 delays, but we know it will likely start sometime around May 19. best record) during the regular season. The first matchup of the playoffs takes place Saturday, May 15, at 7:15 p.m. That happened in late March/early April, well … See who our NHL staff picked and how the B/R users voted on all eight series. In the first two rounds, home ice advantage is awarded to the team with the better seed. There are 16 days left in the regular season and the races in each of the four divisions -- the seven-team Scotia North and the eight team MassMutual East, Discover Central and Honda West -- are tight. The top four teams in each of the four realigned divisions made the playoffs; this is the first time since 1993 that this format has been used. The Carolina Hurricanes finished first in the Central Division earning 80 points. The Toronto Maple Leafs finished first in the North Division earning 77 points. For one, the regular season and the postseason are overlapping as the North Division wraps things up after an almost three-week-long COVID-19 pause for the Canucks. Thereafter, it is awarded to the team that had the better regular season record. In Canada, for the seventh 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. Winning the Presidents' Trophy does not guarantee a Stanley Cup victory. What to know about the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs At some point soon, a fan will craft a fake Stanley Cup and hoist it over his or her head. The Tampa Bay Lightning earned 75 points to finish third in the Central Division. Washington won their round-robin game between these two teams in last year's Stanley Cup Qualifiers 2–1. Colorado won their round-robin game between these two teams in the last year's Stanley Cup Qualifiers 2–1. The 2021 NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs are here. What we do know is the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins will open up the postseason Saturday in one of two East Division series. The 2020-21 Stanley Cup Playoffs are looming around with 16 teams already inside this knockout stage. 2 seed, but earning home-ice advantage could be valuable. 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). Nashville let in 18 more goals than the Canes, and it conceded five or more tallies on 11 occasions. NHL playoffs 2021: Stanley Cup bracket, game schedule originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest. [3], The Canadian teams that qualified for the playoffs will play in their home arenas in the opening round. The Pittsburgh Penguins finished first in the East Division earning 77 points, winning the tiebreaker against Washington with 34 ROWs. Carolina Cruises Through Nashville in 1st Round. But that is the one regular factor this yr. For one, The 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs get underway on Saturday, May 15th. The Chicago Blackhawks were the last team to win both trophies in 2013. Here, check out the schedule, format, bracket, teams, and key dates of the NHL Playoffs. The recent victories by the Nashville Predators over the Carolina Hurricanes should not be taken into account when making a prediction about their Central Division series. Colorado needs two wins over the Los Angeles Kings to lock up the Presidents' Trophy. 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