When Do the NHL Playoffs Start? (When is the Stanley Cup Finals?)

When do the NHL Playoffs start? Dates and schedule for NHL postseason, including the Stanley Cup Finals.
When do the NHL Playoffs start? Dates and schedule for NHL postseason, including the Stanley Cup Finals. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The NHL regular season is nearing the finish line, which means it's almost time for playoff hockey. Multiple playoff spots are still up for grabs, so teams will continue fighting hard as they try to nail down a postseason berth or a better seed over the final week of the regular season.

Here's everything you need to know about the start of the NHL postseason, which odds will be available for on FanDuel Sportsbook.

When Do the 2023 NHL Playoffs Start?

The final day of the 2022-23 NHL regular season is Friday, April 14. Teams will get the weekend to recover and prepare for the playoffs, which begin on Monday, April 17.

The conference semifinals are slated to begin on Tuesday, May 2, while the conference finals are scheduled to begin on Wednesday, May 17. The first three rounds of the playoffs will air on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC.

2022-23 NHL Playoffs Schedule by Round

Round

Start Date

First Round

April 17

Conference Semifinals

May 2

Conference Finals

May 17

Stanley Cup Finals

June 3

Full 2023 NHL Stanley Cup Finals Schedule

The 2023 Stanley Cup Finals are tentatively scheduled to begin on Saturday, June 3. The dates for other games in the series beyond Game 1 have not been confirmed yet, but all games will air on TNT.

Game

Date

1

Saturday, June 3 (TNT)

2

TBD (TNT)

3

TBD (TNT)

4

TBD (TNT)

5 (if necessary)

TBD (TNT)

6 (if necessary)

TBD (TNT)

7 (if necessary)

TBD (TNT)

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