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Trades, mystery at the top: What to watch for at 2022 NHL Draft

2022 NHL Draft
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The NHL draft begins on Thursday night in Montreal and that is typically when the league’s offseason really kicks off.

All 32 general managers and front offices being in the same spot, as well as the very nature of the draft itself, means there will be at least some moves to be made. The significance of those moves may vary.

Here is a quick primer on what to watch for over the next two days.

Who will Montreal take? And how will the dominoes fall after that?

This is the rare draft year where there is no can’t miss, consensus top pick which means there is some actual intrigue at the top of the draft starting with the Montreal Canadiens and the No. 1 overall pick.

The odds on favorite seems to be Shane Wright, but Juraj Slafkovský and Logan Cooley could also be options.

Wright has been considered the top prospect in this draft class for a couple of years now, but Slafkovský’s stock has risen considerably in recent weeks. He is probably considered the most NHL ready prospect in this draft given his size, speed, and international play. But what is his ceiling?

If Montreal does go with Wright in the top spot, Slafkovský seems to be a safe bet in the second spot where the New Jersey Devils are slated to pick. It will be the third time in the past five years they have picked in the top-two of the draft after previously selecting Nico Hischier (2017) and Jack Hughes (2019) first overall.

Check out our complete 2022 Mock Draft here.

The Alex DeBrincat watch

UPDATE: Alex DeBrincat has been traded to the Ottawa Senators. Read all about it here

The big name to watch on the trade market is Chicago Blackhawks winger Alex DeBrincat, coming off of another 40-goal season and just two years away from unrestricted free agency. With the Blackhawks deep into a rebuild DeBrincat has been mentioned in trade speculation for the past year, and there seems to be plenty of smoke that a deal could be imminent.

Will it happen at some point on Thursday?

The Blackhawks would almost certainly want a top pick in the draft, and there has been speculation that the New Jersey Devils (No. 2 overall pick) could be an option. The Flyers were briefly mentioned this week, but they do not seem willing to part with the No. 5 overall pick.

It is very — VERY — rare for teams to trade picks in the top-five of the draft, especially for players. You have to go all the way back to the Alexei Yashin trade when the New York Islanders traded the No. 2 overall pick to the Ottawa Senators for the star forward. The Senators used that pick to select Jason Spezza.

The Devils and DeBrincat would be an intriguing possibility, though. New Jersey needs to take a significant step forward with Hughes and Hischier, they have plenty of salary cap space to extend him, and with the top of the draft lacking in slam dunk superstars, this would be an opportunity to land an established star and one of the league’s top goal scorers still in the prime of his career. You do not get those opportunities very often.

Either way, Blackhawks fans should prepare themselves for a return that is not quite what they are hoping for in a potential trade.

Will Vancouver move J.T. Miller?

The other big forward that could be on the move is Vancouver Canucks forward J.T. Miller. He is entering the final year of his contract, is coming off of a monster 99-point season, and after being mentioned heavily in trade talks leading up to the deadline he could finally be on the move this offseason.

The Canucks have some salary cap issues in the future, have missed the playoffs in six of the past seven seasons. If they can not get Miller signed to an extension, a trade is probably the best bet.

Teams like Boston, Washington (if Nicklas Backstrom does not return), Philadelphia, and maybe even Pittsburgh if it can not re-sign Evgeni Malkin might all be in the market for impact centers.

Columbus with a big opportunity

Thanks to last year’s Seth Jones trade the Columbus Blue Jackets have an additional first-round draft pick this year (No. 6 overall) giving them two picks in the top-12 (their own pick is the 12th overall selection).

They have rumored to be in the market for Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun and could use one of those picks to land him in a trade.

If not, they should be in a prime opportunity to land one of the top-defenders, either David Jiříček or Šimon Nemec.

The Jones trade is still paying off for Columbus and could be a turning point in the organization’s rebuild. The Blue Jackets already have Cole Sillinger and Adam Boqvist thanks to the deal, as well as Jake Bean who they acquired for the second-round pick they acquired from Chicago as part of that trade.

Imagine if it also helps them land another top defense prospect, or perhaps even somebody like Chychrun (who is still signed long-term on a very team-friendly contract) in a trade.

Will Buffalo make all of its picks on Thursday?

Thanks to the Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel trades, the Buffalo Sabres have three first-round picks on Thursday night (No. 9, No. 16, and No. 28). Will they use all of them? Or could they try to package one in a trade for more immediate help? The Sabres showed a lot of improvement in the second half last season but they still have a lot of holes to fill on their roster, especially in goal.

Those later two picks, especially the No. 28 pick, are total wild cards in terms of finding a long-term player. Seeing what it can get in a trade would probably be the smart play. Especially if it can fill a need in goal or on defense.

Will Edmonton make a mistake with Jesse Puljujarvi?

The mistake being, of course, trading him for minimal return.

Puljujarvi might not be the best player available in a trade this offseason (Debrincat, Miller, and Chychrun would take that claim) but he might be the best value a team can get given the low cost in terms of assets, as well as the fact his contract in RFA should not be a cap-breaker.

Instead of signing Valeri Nichushkin to a massive deal in free agency teams should be looking to find the next Nichushkin: a talented top pick that took some time to develop and was undervalued by their original team. Puljuarvi could be that player.

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    NHL Power Rankings: Top American-born players right now

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    In this week’s edition of the NHL Power Rankings we are taking advantage of the fourth of July holiday to look at the top American-born players in the NHL right now.

    Key words: Right now. As in, today. As of this moment.

    We are not looking at the best American-born players of all time, or the best active American-born players that have had the best career.

    We are looking at the best players at the conclusion of the 2021-22 season. Look at it this way: If you were building a team right now and had to win the Stanley Cup this upcoming season, who would you pick first. Approach it with that mindset.

    There has arguably never been more American-born talent in the NHL than there is right now, from established superstars, major award winners, and rising stars.

    Who all makes the cut?

    To this week’s NHL Power Rankings!

    1. Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs. The current league MVP and the best goal-scorer in the world at this moment, regardless of country. He scored 60 goals this past season (in only 73 games) and over the past three years has averaged a 62-goal pace per 82 games. Those are absurd numbers.

    2. Adam Fox, New York Rangers. Fox is already one of the best defenseman in the NHL. He won the Norris Trophy a year ago and might have actually been even better this season. The scary thing: His best days might still be ahead of him. Fox and starting goalie Igor Shesterkin are the foundation of the Rangers’ future.

    3. Matthew Tkachuk, Calgary Flames. Tkachuk is the total package as a player. He scores, he drives possession, he is a good all-around player, and he is also a complete pest to play against.

    4. Charlie McAvoy, Boston Bruins. McAvoy might not score like some of the other top defenders in the league (Cale Makar, Fox, Roman Josi) but he can still contribute quite a bit offensively and he is a sensational defensive player. One of the best all-around defenders in the league.

    5. Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames. Not sure he has another 115-point season in him, but even if he does not match that level again Gaudreau is still one of the best offensive players and playmakers in the league. He and Tkachuk together are especially dominant.

    6. Jake Guentzel, Pittsburgh Penguins. Guentzel is one of the best goal scorers in the league and can be a better defensive player than he gets credit for being. Yes, he plays next to Sidney Crosby. But a lot of talented players have skated next to Crosby in Pittsburgh over the years and never produced like this. Or anything close to it.

    7. Kyle Connor, Winnipeg Jets. Connor has developed into a top-tier finisher and made a run at 50 goals this season. He might do it again this season. Maybe he actually hits the 50-goal mark. He still needs to be better defensively. A lot better, actually. But that goal scoring….

    8. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks. If we are talking career or all-time American-born players he would be higher. He is still a top scorer, especially on the power play. But he has almost no defensive impact to speak of and it is getting worse as he gets older. As we sit right now, there is simply a younger crop of American-born players that have jumped ahead of him at his current state.

    9. Jason Robertson, Dallas Stars. When we do this ranking again after next season or the season after, Robertson might be in the top-five. Or maybe the top-three. He is going to be a superstar.

    [Related: Jason Robertson is engine that drives Stars]

    10. Alex DeBrincat, Chicago Blackhawks. He is one of the best finishers in the NHL and might have a 50-goal season on the horizon. The question is which team will he be scoring those goals for?

    11. Jack Eichel, Vegas Golden Knights. You might think this is too low. Maybe it is. But we have not seen a lot of Eichel over the past two years due to injury, and when he has been on the ice he has not been quite as dominant as he was early in his career — probably because he was not totally healthy. If he can get back to 100 percent he is still a top-tier player. But we have to actually see him be that player again. Is that unfair?

    12. J.T. Miller, Vancouver Canucks. Miller was always a very good player early in his career with New York and Tampa Bay, but his play has gone to an entirely new level in Vancouver. Will he be a 99-point player again? I wouldn’t bet on it, but he will still be an outstanding player.

    [Related: NHL Power Rankings: Offseason trade candidates]

    13. Jaccob Slavin, Carolina Hurricanes. He will not score a ton of goals, but he has offensive ability and is an elite defensive player.

    14. Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets. He plays a ton behind what has been, mostly, a lousy defensive team. He does not get much help and is asked to do more than almost any other goalie in the league and still posts strong individual numbers.

    15. Chris Kreider, New York Rangers. His 2021-22 season was unlike anything we have ever seen from him in his career. Not sure how much confidence I have in him repeating that. But even if he goes back to being a 30-goal player with strong two-way ability he is still a hell of a player.

    16. Max Pacioretty, Vegas Golden Knights. Injuries have been a constant thorn for him over the years, and he is getting older, but his production and overall play is still fantastic when he is healthy.

    17. John Carlson, Washington Capitals. He can still get it done on the power play and help drive offense, but his defensive play is starting to slow down

    18. Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks. An elite scorer from the blue line, and he seemed to clean up at least some of his defensive deficiencies this past season.

    19. Jack Hughes, New Jersey Devils. Like Robertson, another player that has the potential to make a dramatic rise over the next year. He was going to have a breakout year in 2021-22 had it not been for an injury that robbed him of half of his season.

    20. Brady Tkachuk, Ottawa Senators. He has no problem generating shots and driving possession, and with a little luck could throw a 40-plus goal season at you in the very near future.

    21. Joe Pavelski, Dallas Stars. He just keeps producing at a top level even into his late 30s. I do fear that we might see him start to slow down this season. Then again, I said that a year ago as well.

    22. Bryan Rust, Pittsburgh Penguins. Outstanding all-around player and underrated part of the Penguins roster. Can play 5-on-5, penalty kill, and power play all extremely well.

    [Related: Penguins extend Bryan Rust contract]

    23. Trevor Zegras, Anaheim Ducks. Is this too low? It feels too low. But we have only seen him for one year (but what a year!) so there is still some mystery there. Like Robertson and Jack Hughes, I feel like in another year he is in the top-10 of this list.

    24. Brock Boeser, Vancouver Canucks. If he stays healthy and gets to play a full season he is probably going to score you 30 goals. Maybe not a superstar, or even an all-star, but a very good player.

    25. Clayton Keller, Arizona Coyotes. A top line scorer that has not let playing on a bad team impact his possession numbers or goals for/against numbers.

    26. Zach Werenski, Columbus Blue Jackets. His contract raised eyebrows when it was signed a year ago, but he is a really good player that kind of gets lost a little bit on a struggling team.

    27. Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings. His production is a bit inconsistent from year to year, but when he is at his best he is a 30-goal guy with gamebreaking speed.

    28. Jakob Chychrun, Arizona Coyotes. A highly sought after player in the trade market that would be a strong top-pairing player on any team.

    29. Brock Nelson, New York Islanders. Far from a superstar, but a very productive player on a team that is not known for its offense. Pop quiz: without looking it up, how many goals did he score this past season? Would have guessed 37? Because he scored 37 goals.

    30. Torey Krug, St. Louis Blues. Not sure he has made the overall impact the Blues wanted when they signed him in free agency, but he is still a pretty important part of their blue line both offensively and defensively.

    Kings’ outlook after bold Kevin Fiala trade, signing

    Kings' outlook after bold Kevin Fiala trade, signing
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    On paper, you won’t find many better examples of a team addressing its needs than the Los Angeles Kings trading for (and then extending) speedy winger Kevin Fiala.

    Some people are reluctant (bearish?) about Kevin Fiala. If I were a Kings fan, I’d be absolutely delighted, though.

    Let’s pick this apart, then. How might Fiala fit with the Kings, and where could things stumble? How does this affect the Kings’ salary cap outlook? Should they start planning parade routes like the Avalanche for next summer?

    Mmm, maybe don’t buy confetti in bulk just yet. But there’s reason for optimism and intrigue.

    The bad and mostly good: what Kevin Fiala brings to the Kings

    During the 2021-22 season (and throughout their seven-game series vs. the Oilers), the Kings massively overachieved. Or, at least, they exceed expectations.

    Well, maybe it depends upon how you use/modify the word “expectation.” That’s because the Kings scored fewer goals than you’d expect, given the chances they created.

    via Hockey Viz

    During the regular season, the Kings were at or near the top-10 in stats such as expected goals percentage and high-danger chance share. Credit Todd McLellan and the rest of the organization for putting together the sort of structure that tilts the ice in the right direction.

    The Kings surprised as a playoff team. They deserve credit, however, for playing like a playoff team.

    It’s just that the execution wasn’t there to turn scoring chances into goals. Enter Kevin Fiala.

    [More on the Fiala trade between Kings and Wild]

    Simply put, wingers who can create their own offense — thanks to blazing speed and brilliant skill — are not common. What if Fiala’s skill and finish blends seamlessly with the Kings’ sturdy structure?

    Quietly, the Kings were an effective team off the rush this season. It’s one of the factors that made them a nuisance for the Oilers. Fiala adds speed with the extra bonus of impressive finishing touch.

    In an episode of “The Hockey PDOcast,” Dimitri Filipovic pondered how Anze Kopitar‘s playmaking could blend with Fiala’s skills. After all, Fiala took off when combined with Matt Boldy after trying to make the most of a mostly motley crew of centers in Minnesota.

    But the enticing thing is that Fiala still created offense when he was doing so much of it on his own.

    Sure, putting Fiala out there with less-seasoned linemates would increase the already notable odds of him not matching his career-highs (33 goals, 85 points) from last season. Yet, if the Kings love what Kopitar accomplished with Adrian Kempe, it’s an option.

    Picture, for instance, what Fiala might accomplish with Quinton Byfield. For his size, Byfield’s noted not just for skill, but mobility. Perhaps Fiala and Byfield could really make something happen, possibly with a “give-and-go” style of transition that can play to those strengths? Such a combination is interesting to think about, especially if there are worries about mitigating defensive issues for Fiala and a young center still finding his place in the NHL.

    Sometimes good “on paper” doesn’t pan out on the ice

    To reiterate, the dream is for Fiala to fit seamlessly into the Kings’ system, providing crucial offense. In that scenario, the team would be prepared for any drawbacks defensively.

    Hockey Viz’s Micah Blake McCurdy captured this thought process well. Apparently, the Wild indeed embraced Fiala’s offense and basically took care of the rest:

    This section opens the door to the possible downside. What if the Kings, especially head coach Todd McLellan, find Fiala’s defensive shortcomings grating?

    Through two stops (Predators, then Wild), teams/coaches sometimes seemed frustrated with the Swiss scorer. At a young age and following a 23-goal season, the Predators traded Kevin Fiala in-season (2018-19) to the Wild. Heading into this offseason, you can almost picture the grumbles when reading what Bill Guerin said about a strong “few months” from Fiala.

    To an extent, this smells like a typical case of a team that was souring on a player really souring on them after a cold streak. The Oilers traded Jordan Eberle after he failed to score a goal in 13 playoff games. But maybe that was the last straw instead of a single dud run that caused an overreaction? (With the Oilers, it could also just be a huge overreaction … they’ve biffed these situations plenty of times.)

    For all we know, Fiala’s puny playoff production may have been strike three for Wild management.

    [Adam Gretz argued for the Wild to find a way to keep Fiala, but it was not meant to be]

    In other words, there are elements of Kevin Fiala’s game that could frustrate the Kings at times. A defensively responsible team may not love every risk he takes. If Fiala’s asked to carry a line, people may frown during scoring droughts.

    So, there’s room for this to have some ups and downs. However, I’d argue that the steady-and-structured Kings could really benefit from a shot in the arm from a winger who’s more of a “wild card.”

    Kings’ salary cap landscape after Kevin Fiala trade, contract signing

    As time goes on, people can debate the value of Kevin Fiala’s seven-year extension ($7.875 million cap hit) all they want. The same people might flip-flop on that question more than once until it expires after the 2028-29 season. Either way, the 25-year-old’s contract is now on the books.

    What about the larger salary cap picture for the Kings, post-Fiala contract? Cap Friendly estimates about $12M in salary cap space for the Kings.

    Ponder some of the pieces in place, and ones that may become more expensive over time.

    • Drew Doughty, 32, carries a team-leading $11M cap hit through 2026-27. At times, his declining underlying stats provided fodder for debate. His “fancy stats” rebounded last season, but his health luck went south. If Doughty’s at or near an elite level and healthy, it might feel like another boost for the Kings.
    • Anze Kopitar, 34, has a $10M cap hit, but merely through 2023-24. Though no longer a top NHL center, he’s still quite effective. Having Kempe and/or Fiala do the legwork for him shouldn’t hurt.
    • Phillip Danault, 29, proved he had scoring punch to go along with stifling playoff defense. The Kings have him signed at $5.5M through 2026-27. That looked like a steal early on; we’ll see how he ages.
    • Most of the Kings’ other forward expenses are short/mid-term (Alex Iafallo stands out among the mid-term contracts). Adrian Kempe, 25, is due a new deal as an RFA.
    • Of course, the Kings must prepare for potential spikes for prospects down the line. Quinton Byfield, Alex Turcotte, and Arthur Kaliyev have two seasons apiece remaining on their current deals. Maybe none of them will make big leaps. There’s uncertainty about their ultimate costs, though.
    • The Kings’ defensive spending is mostly unclear beyond Doughty. Matt Roy, 27, carries a $3.15M cap hit for the next two seasons. Sneaky-solid 23-year-old defenseman Sean Durzi is an RFA. Fellow promising emerging defenseman Jordan Spence is cheap for two more seasons.

    Murky situation in net?

    Maybe the fuzziest situation is with their goalies. On Sept. 22, 2021, Cal Petersen signed a three-year extension that carries a $5M cap hit. The 27-year-old’s deal has a 10-team no-trade clause. Upon signing, it seemed sensible enough. He was becoming the Kings’ No. 1 goalie.

    Instead, Jonathan Quick started more games (46 to 35) during the regular season, and nabbed the playoff No. 1 job from Petersen.

    Quick, 36, is entering a contract year on a $5.8M cap hit. That’s right, the contract the Kings bragged about, and then were mocked about, is somehow almost finished.

    At the moment, the indication is that the Kings may embrace a “goalie battle” between Petersen and Quick again this season. That said, we’re talking about a $10.8M “goalie battle” here.

    For whatever it’s worth, Quick doesn’t have trade protection, while Petersen boasts that aforementioned 10-team trade protection. If the Kings want to be even more aggressive, that would be easier to pull off if at least one of their goalies was a little (or a lot) cheaper.

    How far along are the Kings?

    With Kevin Fiala added, how dangerous could the 2022-23 Los Angeles Kings be?

    All due respect to Fiala, that answer may lean on how you view the past season. Pessimists may note that they only scored three more goals (239) than they allowed (236). Realists will point out very competitive underlying stats. Optimists would then daydream about Fiala being the perfect fit, and prospects leaping forward, not just making positive steps.

    Really, some of it will be out of the Kings’ hands. Will the Flames be vulnerable after losing Johnny Gaudreau or Matthew Tkachuk? Might the Oilers sabotage gains made with foolish offseason tweaks? Do we see the return of an elite Golden Knights roster, or have we already seen that franchise’s best? How competent will the Canucks, Ducks, and others be?

    Fiala and some nice improvements from prospects aren’t likely to push the Kings to the truly elite level. Would you be surprised if the Kings made the playoffs and maybe even won a round or two next season, though? That’s already the sort of progress that eludes other rebuilding teams for many years.

    Trade: Kings acquire Kevin Fiala from Wild; reportedly sign him to 7-year contract

    Kevin Fiala trade
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    It seemed inevitable that the Minnesota Wild were going to have to trade Kevin Fiala this offseason.

    On Wednesday, they did.

    The Wild sent Fiala, a restricted free agent, to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for the Kings’ first-round draft pick in 2022 (No. 19 overall) and defense prospect Brock Faber.

    Faber, currently the captain at the University of Minnesota, was a second-round pick (No. 45 overall) by the Kings in the 2020 NHL draft.

    The Kings are also reportedly signing Fiala to a long-term contract extension as part of the deal. According to Elliotte Friedman, that contract will be a seven-year deal worth $7.9 million per season.

    Kings are ready for a big leap forward

    This is a huge deal for a Kings team that took a major step forward this past season and could be on the verge of a major breakthrough in the Western Conference. Fiala seems to be a perfect fit for the Kings’ style of play given his ability to drive possession, while also giving them some much-needed scoring punch on the wings. Fiala is coming off a career year that saw him score 33 goals, 52 assists, and 85 points in 82 games for the Wild this past season. In his three-plus years with the Wild he averaged a 30-goal, 70-point pace per 82 games.

    The Kings have assembled one of the deepest farm systems in the league in recent years, and over the past two seasons have been very bold in adding established NHL players to complement them.

    A year ago they traded for Viktor Arvidsson and made a huge free agent splash with the signing of Philip Danault. Together those two helped form an outstanding second scoring line behind Anze Kopitar that helped drive the Kings to the playoffs.

    Add Fiala to that veteran core, along with Adrian Kempe and Alex Iafallo, and this is suddenly a very capable offense.

    The two biggest X-factors for the Kings will be the continued development of young forwards Arthur Kaliyev and Quinton Byfield, as well as their goaltending. If Kaliyev and Byfield take a big step forward, that is going to make this lineup absolutely fierce at forward, especially down the middle with Kopitar, Danualt, and Byfield as their 1-3 at center.

    Best of a bad situation for Wild

    As for the Wild, this is tough. In an ideal world they keep Fiala and continue to build around him, Kirill Kaprizov, and Mats Zuccarello and remain a top Stanley Cup contender in the Western Conference.

    But their salary cap situation is dire in the next few years due to the Zach Parise and Ryan Suter buyouts that are going to result in $12-15 million in empty salary cap space the next few years. There was just no way they could re-sign Fiala.

    Faber is a legit prospect and has top-four potential long-term, but the No. 19 overall pick is a lottery ticket that probably only has a 50-50 shot of being an NHL player, let alone a major contributor. Tough spot to be in for a team that has been so good (and fun) the past two years.

    NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2022 schedule, TV info

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    The 2022 Stanley Cup Final featured the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning, with the Avalanche winning the series in six games.

    In the Eastern Conference Final, the Lightning dispatched the New York Rangers in six games as they will now vie for their third consecutive title. The Avalanche swept the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference Final and are playing in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2001.

    In the Cup Final, the Avalanche won the first two games before the Lightning made it a series by taking Game 3. The teams traded wins in Games 4 and 5, setting the stage for Colorado to win its third championship in franchise history and first since the 2000-01 NHL season.

    2022 NHL playoff schedule: Stanley Cup Final

    COLORADO AVALANCHE v. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (COL wins series 4-2)

    Game 1 – Avalanche 4, Lightning 3 (OT)
    Game 2 – Avalanche 7, Lightning 0
    Game 3 – Lightning 6, Avalanche 2
    Game 4 – Avalanche 3, Lightning 2 (OT)
    Game 5 – Lightning 3, Avalanche 2
    Game 6 – Avalanche 2, Lightning 1

    2022 NHL playoff schedule: Eastern Conference Final

    NEW YORK RANGERS v. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (TB wins series 4-2)

    Game 1 – Rangers 6, Lightning 2
    Game 2 – Rangers 3, Lightning 2
    Game 3 – Lightning 3, Rangers 2
    Game 4 – Lightning 4, Rangers 1
    Game 5 – Lightning 3, Rangers 1
    Game 6 – Lightning 2, Rangers 1

    2022 NHL playoff schedule: Western Conference Final

    EDMONTON OILERS v. COLORADO AVALANCHE (COL wins series 4-0)
    Game 1 – Avalanche 8, Oilers 6
    Game 2 – Avalanche 4, Oilers 0
    Game 3 – Avalanche 4, Oilers 2
    Game 4 – Avalanche 6, Oilers 5 (OT)

    2022 NHL playoff schedule: Second Round – Eastern Conference

    NEW YORK RANGERS v. CAROLINA HURRICANES (NYR wins series 4-3)
    Game 1 – Hurricanes 2, Rangers 1 (OT)
    Game 2 – Hurricanes 2, Rangers 0
    Game 3 – Rangers 3, Hurricanes 1
    Game 4 – Rangers 4, Hurricanes 1
    Game 5 – Hurricanes 3, Rangers 1
    Game 6 – Rangers 5, Hurricanes 2
    Game 7 – Rangers 6, Hurricanes 2

    FLORIDA PANTHERS v. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (TB wins series 4-0)

    Game 1 – Lightning 4, Panthers 1
    Game 2 – Lightning 2, Panthers 1
    Game 3 – Lightning 5, Panthers 1
    Game 4 – Lightning 2, Panthers 0

    2022 NHL playoff schedule: Second Round – Western Conference

    COLORADO AVALANCHE v. ST. LOUIS BLUES (COL wins series 4-2)
    Game 1 – Avalanche 3, Blues 2 (OT)
    Game 2 – Blues 4, Avalanche 1
    Game 3 – Avalanche 5, Blues 2
    Game 4 – Avalanche 6, Blues 3
    Game 5 – Blues 5, Avalanche 4 (OT)
    Game 6 – Avalanche 3, Blues 2

    CALGARY FLAMES v. EDMONTON OILERS (EDM wins series 4-1)
    Game 1 –
    Flames 9, Oilers 6
    Game 2 – Oilers 5, Flames 3
    Game 3 – Oilers 4, Flames 1
    Game 4 – Oilers 5, Flames 3
    Game 5 – Oilers 5, Flames 4 (OT)

    First Round – Eastern Conference

    FLORIDA PANTHERS v. WASHINGTON CAPITALS (FLA wins series 4-2)
    Game 1: Capitals 4, Panthers 2
    Game 2: Panthers 5, Capitals 1
    Game 3: Capitals 6, Panthers 1
    Game 4: Panthers 3, Capitals 2 (OT)
    Game 5: Panthers 5, Capitals 3
    Game 6: Panthers 4, Capitals 3 (OT)

    CAROLINA HURRICANES v. BOSTON BRUINS (CAR wins series 4-3)
    Game 1: Hurricanes 5, Bruins 1
    Game 2: Hurricanes 5, Bruins 2
    Game 3: Bruins 4, Hurricanes 2
    Game 4: Bruins 5, Hurricanes 2
    Game 5: Hurricanes 5, Bruins 1
    Game 6: Bruins 5, Hurricanes 2
    Game 7: Hurricanes 3, Bruins 2

    TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS v. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (TBL wins series 4-3)
    Game 1: Maple Leafs 5, Lightning 0
    Game 2: Lightning 5, Maple Leafs 3
    Game 3: Maple Leafs 5, Lightning 2
    Game 4: Lightning 7, Maple Leafs 3
    Game 5: Maple Leafs 4, Lightning 3
    Game 6: Lightning 4, Maple Leafs 3 (OT)
    Game 7: Lightning 2, Maple Leafs 1

    NEW YORK RANGERS v. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (NYR wins series 4-3)
    Game 1: Penguins 4, Rangers 3 (3OT)
    Game 2: Rangers 5, Penguins 2
    Game 3: Penguins 7, Rangers 4
    Game 4: Penguins 7, Rangers 2
    Game 5: Rangers 5, Penguins 3
    Game 6: Rangers 5, Penguins 3
    Game 7: Rangers 4, Penguins 3 (OT)

    First Round – Western Conference

    COLORADO AVALANCHE v. NASHVILLE PREDATORS (COL wins series 4-0)
    Game 1: Avalanche 7, Predators 2
    Game 2: Avalanche 2, Predators 1 (OT)
    Game 3: Avalanche 7, Predators 3
    Game 4: Avalanche 5, Predators 3

    CALGARY FLAMES v. DALLAS STARS (CGY wins series 4-3)
    Game 1: Flames 1, Stars 0
    Game 2: Stars 2, Flames 0
    Game 3: Stars 4, Flames 2
    Game 4: Flames 4, Stars 1
    Game 5: Flames 3, Stars 1
    Game 6: Stars 4, Flames 2
    Game 7: Flames 3, Stars 2 (OT)

    EDMONTON OILERS vs. LOS ANGELES KINGS (EDM win series 4-3)
    Game 1: Kings 4, Oilers 3
    Game 2: Oilers 6, Kings 0
    Game 3: Oilers 8, Kings 2
    Game 4: Kings 4, Oilers 0
    Game 5: Kings 5, Oilers 4 (OT)
    Game 6: Oilers 4, Kings 2
    Game 7: Oilers 2, Kings 0

    MINNESOTA WILD v. ST. LOUIS BLUES (STL wins series 4-2)
    Game 1: Blues 4, Wild 0
    Game 2: Wild 6, Blues 2
    Game 3: Wild 5, Blues 1
    Game 4: Blues 5, Wild 2
    Game 5: Blues 5, Wild 2
    Game 6: Blues 5, Wild 1