2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Central: Bracket, schedule, scores, highlights, analysis

The 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs represent a return to normalcy, after a bubble-encased postseason in 2020and 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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Games on Sunday, May 15


Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers: 7 ET (TBS)(series tied 3-3)

Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames: 9:30 ET (ESPN2) (series tied 3-3)

Second-round matchups


Atlantic: No. 1 Florida Panthers vs. No. 3 Tampa Bay Lightning

Metro: No. 1 Carolina Hurricanes vs. NYR/PIT winner

Central: No. 1 Colorado Avalanche vs. No. 3 St. Louis Blues

Pacific: CGY/DAL winner vs. No. 2 Edmonton Oilers

First round



Jump to:

Atlantic: FLA-WSH | TOR-TB

Metro: CAR-BOS | NYR-PIT

Central: COL-NSH | MIN-STL

Pacific: CGY-DAL | EDM-LA

Atlantic Division




No. 1 Florida Panthers vs. No. 4 Washington Capitals



Regular-season records:


  • Panthers:58-18-6, 122 points

  • Capitals: 44-26-12, 100 points


Leading scorers:


Claude Giroux's fun new world with the Panthers

Panthers advance 4-2:

Game 1 (at FLA): Capitals 4, Panthers 2| Replay

Game 2 (at FLA):Panthers 5, Capitals 1| Replay

Game 3 (at WSH):Capitals 6, Panthers 1| Replay

Game 4 (at WSH):Panthers 3, Capital 2 (OT)| Replay

Game 5 (at FLA):Panthers 5, Capitals 3| Replay

Game 6 (at WSH):Panthers 4, Capitals 3 (OT)| Replay

Keys to the offseason for the Capitals



No. 2 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. No. 3 Tampa Bay Lightning



Regular-season records:


  • Maple Leafs:54-21-7, 115 points

  • Lightning: 51-23-8, 110 points


Leading scorers:


Why the Lightning's three-peat quest will be so difficult

Lightning advance 4-3:

Game 1 (at TOR): Maple Leafs 5, Lightning 0| Replay

Game 2 (at TOR): Lightning 5, Maple Leafs 3| Replay

Game 3 (at TB): Maple Leafs 5, Lightning 2| Replay

Game 4 (at TB): Lightning 7, Maple Leafs 3| Replay

Game 5 (at TOR): Maple Leafs 4, Lightning 3| Replay

Game 6 (at TB): Lightning 4, Maple Leafs 3 (OT)| Replay


Game 7 (at TOR):Lightning 2, Maple Leafs 1| Replay

Keys to the offseason for the Maple Leafs

Metropolitan Division




No. 1 Carolina Hurricanes vs. No. 4 Boston Bruins



Regular-season records:


  • Hurricanes:54-20-8, 116 points

  • Bruins: 51-26-5, 107 points


Leading scorers:



Hurricanes advance 4-3:

Game 1 (at CAR): Hurricanes 5, Bruins 1| Replay

Game 2 (at CAR): Hurricanes 5, Bruins 2| Replay

Game 3 (at BOS): Bruins 4, Hurricanes 2| Replay

Game 4 (at BOS):Bruins 5, Hurricanes 2| Replay

Game 5 (at CAR): Hurricanes 5, Bruins 1| Replay

Game 6 (at BOS): Bruins 5, Hurricanes 2| Replay

Game 7 (at CAR):Hurricanes 3, Bruins 2| Replay

Keys to the offseason for the Bruins



No. 2 New York Rangers vs. No. 3 Pittsburgh Penguins



Regular-season records:


  • Rangers:52-24-6, 110 points

  • Penguins: 46-25-11, 103 points


Leading scorers:



Schedule:

Game 1 (at NYR):Penguins 4, Rangers 3 (3OT)| Replay

Game 2 (at NYR): Rangers 5, Penguins 2| Replay

Game 3 (at PIT): Penguins 7, Rangers 4| Replay

Game 4 (at PIT):Penguins 7, Rangers 2| Replay

Game 5 (at NYR):Rangers 5, Penguins 3| Replay

Game 6 (at PIT):Rangers 5, Penguins 3| Replay

Game 7 (at NYR): Sun., May 15, 7 ET (TNT) | Preview

Central Division




No. 1 Colorado Avalanche vs. No. 4 Nashville Predators



Regular-season records:


  • Avalanche:56-19-7, 119 points

  • Predators: 45-30-7, 97 points


Leading scorers:



Avalanche advance 4-0:

Game 1 (at COL):Avalanche 7, Predators 2| Replay

Game 2 (at COL):Avalanche 2, Predators 1 (OT) | Replay

Game 3 (at NSH): Avalanche 7, Predators 3| Replay

Game 4 (at NSH):Avalanche 5, Predators 3| Replay

Keys to the offseason for the Predators



No. 2 Minnesota Wild vs. No. 3 St. Louis Blues



Regular-season records:



  • Wild: 53-22-7, 113 points

  • Blues: 49-22-11, 109 points


Leading scorers:



Blues advance 4-2:

Game 1 (at MIN): Blues 4, Wild 0| Replay

Game 2 (at MIN): Wild 6, Blues 2| Replay

Game 3 (at STL): Wild 5, Blues 1| Replay

Game 4 (at STL): Blues 5, Wild 2| Replay

Game 5 (at MIN): Blues 5, Wild 2| Replay

Game 6 (at STL): Blues 5, Wild 1| Replay

Keys to the offseason for the Wild

Pacific Division




No. 1 Calgary Flames vs. No. 4 Dallas Stars



Regular season records:


  • Flames:50-21-11, 111 points

  • Stars: 46-30-6, 98 points


Leading scorers:


How the Flames' top line continues to ignite their offensive engine

Schedule:

Game 1 (at CGY):Flames 1, Stars 0 | Replay

Game 2 (at CGY):Stars 2, Flames 1 | Replay

Game 3 (at DAL):Stars 4, Flames 2| Replay

Game 4 (at DAL):Flames 4, Stars 1| Replay

Game 5 (at CGY):Flames 3, Stars 1| Replay

Game 6 (at DAL):Stars 4, Flames 2| Replay

Game 7 (at CGY):Sun., May 15, 9:30 ET (ESPN2) | Preview



No. 2 Edmonton Oilers vs. No. 3 Los Angeles Kings



Regular season records:


  • Oilers: 49-27-6, 104 points

  • Kings: 44-27-11, 99 points


Leading scorers:


Oilers advance 4-3:

Game 1 (at EDM): Kings 4, Oilers 3| Replay

Game 2 (at EDM): Oilers 6, Kings 0| Replay

Game 3 (at LA): Oilers 8, Kings 2| Replay

Game 4 (at LA): Kings 4, Oilers 0| Replay

Game 5 (at EDM): Kings 5, Oilers 4 (OT)| Replay

Game 6 (at LA): Oilers 4, Kings 2| Replay

Game 7 (at EDM): Oilers 2, Kings 0| Replay

Keys to the offseason for the Kings

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