Watch NHL playoffs 2017 40 games in the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs have elapsed and 16 of them have ended with #FREEHOCKEY, as the kids call it. So far the NHL silly season is as thrilling and as tight as ever, and we aren’t even through the first round yet.
NHL Playoffs 2017
A few teams are, though. The Nashville Predators shocked the Chicago Blackhawks, sweeping the perennial Cup contenders out of the postseason for the first time since 1993. The defending champion Penguins needed just five games to dispatch the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Anaheim Ducks took care of the Calgary Flames in four games as well.
Meanwhile, the Senators, Bruins, Maple Leafs, Capitals, Sharks and Oilers are all playing at least six games. Praise to the Hockey Gods.
The top three teams in each division — Atlantic, Metropolitan, Central, Pacific — earned automatic postseason berths, while the final four spots were given to two wild card teams in each conference based on point totals. The top seeds in both conferences play against the lowest wild card teams in the first round, and the other division winners face off against the other wild card qualifiers. The winners advance to the Conference Finals, and then the Stanley Cup Final.