The 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs is the playoff tournament of the National Hockey League (NHL). The playoffs began on April 11, 2018, a few days after the 2017–18 NHL season, and will end with the Stanley Cup Finals in June, to determine the winner of the Stanley Cup.
The Nashville Predators made the playoffs as the Presidents’ Trophy winners with the most points (i.e. best record) during the regular season. The Pittsburgh Penguins increased their post-season appearance streak to twelve seasons, the current longest streak.
The Vegas Golden Knights became the first team to make the playoffs in their inaugural season in the league since the 1979–80Hartford Whalers and the Edmonton Oilers. They also became the first expansion team to make the playoffs in their inaugural season since the 1967 NHL expansion. For the fourth time in league history (2000, 2001, 2007), only two Original Six teams, the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs, clinched a berth for the playoffs. For the first time since 1966, no playoff games were played in the state of New York. For the fifth time in eight years, all three California-based teams made the playoffs. For the first time in league history, the Montreal Canadiens and the Detroit Red Wings missed the playoffs in the same year. For the first time since 1969, both the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings missed the playoffs in the same season.
Stanley Cup Playoffs: Full schedule and TV guide
STANLEY CUP FINAL
Vegas vs. Washington
Capitals lead series 2-1
Game 1 — Washington 4, Vegas 6
Game 2 — Washington 3, Vegas 2
Game 3 — Vegas 1, Washington 3
Monday, June 4 — 8 p.m. — Vegas at Washington (CBC)
Thursday, June 7 — 8 p.m. — Washington at Vegas (CBC)
*Sunday, June 10 — 8 p.m. — Vegas at Washington (CBC)
*Wednesday, June 13 — 8 p.m. — Washington at Vegas (CBC)
* If necessary