2017 NHL Playoff Schedule

The 2017 NHL Playoff schedule will kick off in mid-April 2017. Each of the 16 teams who earn a spot in the playoffs will be competing for a chance to play in the 2017 Stanley Cup that will kick off at the end of May between the final two teams remaining in the playoffs. The 2017 NHL playoffs consist of best of seven game matchups in each round between two teams. The first team to win four games advances to the next round of play. The first team to win four games in the Stanley Cup is crowned the champion of the playoffs. If you would like to check out the schedule of your favorite NHL team, we have them posted here for fans to enjoy for free.

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How Does the 2017 NHL Playoff Seeding Work?

If you take a look at the seeds in the NHL Playoff seeding, you will see WC1 and WC2 listed in each conference. Unlike the NBA, the NHL has two wild card teams in each league who earn postseason berths. They are seeded #1 and #2 (hence WC1 and WC2) while the other three teams from the division are seeded 1 through 3. One twist is that the wild card team who has the worst overall record in each conference will play the conference’s overall #1 seed based on record. Also, unlike the NBA, the NHL does not reseed teams after each round of the playoffs.

2017 NHL Playoff Schedule

2017 NHL Playoffs (Quarterfinals) Schedule

Dates:TBA, approx. April 12th, 2017 – Until round Complete
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Round Schedule

2017 NHL Playoff Schedule
#1 Seed vs #WC2 Seed
#2 Seed vs #3 Seed
#1 Seed vs #WC1 Seed
#2 Seed vs #3 Seed

2017 Western Conference Quarterfinals Round Schedule
Dates:TBA, approx. April 12th, 2017 – Until round Complete
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#1 Seed vs #8 Seed
#2 Seed vs #7 Seed
#3 Seed vs #6 Seed
#4 Seed vs #5 Seed

2017 NHL Playoffs (Conference Semifinals Round) Schedule

Dates: Begin shortly after the 2017 NHL Playoffs Quarterfinals Round is complete on around April 28th, 2017
2017 Eastern Conference Semifinals Round Schedule

NHL Playoff Schedule 2017
Winner #1/#WC2 Seed vs Winner #2/#3 Seed
Winner #1/#WC1 Seed vs Winner #2/#3 Seed

2017 Western Conference Semifinals Round Schedule
NHL Playoff Schedule 2017
Winner #1/#WC2 Seed vs Winner #2/#3 Seed
Winner #1/#WC1 Seed vs Winner #2/#3 Seed

2017 NHL Playoffs (Conference Finals Round) Schedule

Dates: The start date of the 2017 NHL Playoffs Conference Finals Round is approximately May 14th, 2017.
2017 NHL Playoff Schedule Eastern Conference NHL Playoff Schedule

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Winner 2017 NHL Playoffs Semifinals Round #1 vs Winner 2017 NHL Playoffs Semifinals Round #2

2017 Western Conference NHL Playoff Schedule
2017 NHL Playoff Schedule
Winner 2017 NHL Playoffs Semifinals Round #1 vs Winner 2017 NHL Playoffs Semifinals Round #2

2017 NHL Playoff Championship Schedule (Stanley Cup)

Dates: Start on or about May 31st, 2017
The 2016 NHL Finals will start on or about May 31st, 2017 based on when the conference finals are over.
The Eastern Conference Champion will take on Western Conference Champion in a best of seven series.

Printable 2017 NHL Playoff Bracket

You can also download our printable 2017 NHL Playoff bracket to help you follow the action for the postseason. Once the final bracket matchups are released by the league, we will update the NHL playoff schedule and bracket for you to enjoy! Let’s play some hockey!!