The 2018 NHL playoffs night with ALL Game. Today’s NHL playoff games, scores and how to watch live. After an extended wait that lasted until Sunday night, the eight first-round Stanley Cup Playoffs matchups are set.
The Tampa Bay Lightning secured the No. 1 overall seed in the Eastern Conference by way of Boston’s loss to Florida in the final game of the regular season Sunday night.
Nashville holds home-ice advantage in the Western Conference, and it begins its quest for the Stanley Cup against the upstart Colorado Avalanche.
The first round begins Wednesday with three games, while five series start Thursday. Depending on how long each matchup lasts, the first round will take two weeks to complete.
Vegas wins its inaugural playoff game
It started out super weird, then it started really fast, then everything just cratered in this game. After the longest, surrealist pregame show the NHL has ever seen, Vegas immediately set off the red light, with Shea Theodore burying a wicked wrister from the blue line that might have gotten some help in front of the net.
Jets get first playoff victory in franchise history
Well, you know, the Jets 2.0.
Winnipeg edged out Minnesota 3-2 in their series opener, giving this particular franchise its first postseason victory dating back to their days as the Atlanta Thrashers. (They had been swept in their previous two playoff series.) The Jets got goals from Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine and Joe Morrow — all three scoring their first career playoff goals.
Crosby nets hat trick, Penguins get off to hot start vs. Flyers
It appears Philadelphia wasn’t quite ready for the back-to-back champs in the opening game of their series on Wednesday, as the Penguins came out of the gate hot and thumped the Flyers 7-0. The Pens scored three goals on their first 10 shots of the game, with the best of those three coming off the stick of Evgeni Malkin, who beat Brian Elliott with a backhander from inside the right faceoff circle.
Everything you need to know to watch the playoffs
Not everyone follows all season, and we understand that. If you’re wondering where you can find these games on TV, Pete Blackburn has everything you need to follow all of the Stanley Cup action.
First thing’s first: Who should you cheer for in this postseason?
Maybe you’re a fan without a country as we enter the NHL playoffs. Don’t worry, we have reasons that you should root for and reasons you should root against every team in this year’s playoffs. There’s a lot to unpack going in, so draw your own conclusions on whether you like or dislike the six teams playing tonight.
Who’s going to win?
We don’t know! That’s kind of the point. We have educated guesses and predictions, but all of that flies out the window once the puck is dropped. Either way, the staff here has made our picks and our genuinely irresponsible bold predictions.
Odds for each series
The experts at SportsLine have run simulations and have your betting odds for the eventual Stanley Cup Champions. Both conferences have genuinely interesting sleepers and matchups.