When Does the NHL Playoffs End?

The NHL playoffs are in full swing and we’re here to give you a update on when they end.


The NHL playoffs are a best-of-seven tournament held after the regular season to determine the Stanley Cup champion. The top three teams in each of the four divisions qualify for the playoffs, as well as two wild card teams from each conference. The first two rounds of the playoffs are conference-specific, meaning that all four of the divisional winners are seeded 1-4 and will play each other in the first round. Thewild card teams are seeded 5 and 6 and will play each other in the first round.

The Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final are played between the winners of the first two rounds from each conference. The Stanley Cup Final is a best-of-seven series that is played until one team has won four games. There is no set schedule for when the NHL playoffs will end, but they typically conclude sometime in mid-June.

The NHL Playoffs

The First Round

The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is a best-of-seven series played between the 16 teams that qualified for the playoffs. The first two rounds are played within the conference, with the top seed playing the lowest remaining seed and so on. The winners of each series advance to the Conference Finals.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs start after the conclusion of the regular season, usually in early April. The schedule for each series is determined by the NHL’s playoff seeding system; a weighted system that factors in regular season records and recent playoff success to optimize rest days and minimize travel times between games.

In each round, teams are reseeded based on their regular season record. The higher seed always has home ice advantage, meaning they host Games 1, 2, 5 and 7 (if necessary).

The Second Round

The second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs is now underway, with the top eight teams in the NHL vying for a spot in the conference finals. The second round is a best-of-seven series, meaning that each team will play each other twice at home and twice on the road. The team with the most points at the end of seven games will advance to the next round.

The second round of the playoffs began on April 28th and will run through May 12th. If necessary, game seven of each series will be played on May 14th.

The conference finals will begin on May 16th, with the Stanley Cup Finals set to start on May 27th. The Stanley Cup Finals will be a best-of-seven series, with games taking place every other day until a winner is crowned.

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The Conference Finals

The Conference Finals are the third round of the NHL playoffs. The two teams remaining in each conference (Eastern and Western) face off against each other, with the winner advancing to the Stanley Cup Final.

The Conference Finals are a best-of-seven series, meaning that the first team to win four games will move on to the next round. If the series is tied after seven games, then a seventh and deciding game will be played.

The Stanley Cup Finals

The Stanley Cup Finals is the National Hockey League’s (NHL) championship series to determine the league playoff champion and the winner of the Stanley Cup. The Stanley Cup is a trophy awarded annually to the NHL playoff champion at the conclusion of the Stanley Cup playoffs.


In conclusion, the NHL playoffs generally end in mid- to late-June, with the Stanley Cup Finals typically finishing up around the fifth or sixth game. With the exception of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, which went to a seventh game, all of the past ten Stanley Cup Finals have ended in a six-game series. So if you’re looking to catch the final games of this year’s playoffs, be sure to tune in during the last week of June.

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