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2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Key Matchups and Players to Watch

2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs

The 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs have started, and the excitement is high as NFL teams from both the Eastern and Western Conferences battle fiercely in the first round.

Watch as top players like Auston Matthews, Connor McDavid, and others showcase their skills, aiming to lead their teams to victory. Get ready for edge-of-your-seat moments and intense match-ups that highlight the chase for hockey supremacy.

Key Takeaways
  • The 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which will take place from mid-April to early May, feature intense match-ups across both the Eastern and Western Conferences.
  • Top NHL players like Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid are set to enhance their playoff legacies.
  • Schedules for each first-round series are available, ensuring fans don’t miss any action from their favorite teams.

Eastern Conference Matchups and Schedule

Here’s the latest schedule for the Eastern Conference matchups:

Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Game 1: April 21,12:30 p.m. ET (ESPN, SN, TVAS, BSSUN, BSFL)
  • Game 2: April 23, 7:30 p.m. ET at Florida (ESPN2, SN360, TVAS)
  • Game 3: April 25, 7 p.m. ET at Tampa Bay (TBS, MAX, SN, TVAS)
  • Game 4: April 27, 5 p.m. ET at Tampa Bay (TBS, truTV, MAX, TVAS, SNE, SNW, SNP)
  • Further Games: TBD for April 29, May 1, and May 4.

Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Game 1: April 20, 8 p.m. ET (TBS, truTV, MAX, SN, TVAS, CBC)
  • Game 2: April 22, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN, SN, CBC, TVAS)
  • Game 3: April 24, 7 p.m. ET at Toronto (ESPN, SN, TVAS, CBC)
  • Game 4: April 27, 8 p.m. ET at Toronto (TBS, truTV, MAX, SN, TVAS, CBC)
  • Further Games: TBD for April 30, May 2, and May 4.

New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals

  • Game 1: April 21, 3 p.m. ET (ESPN, SN, TVAS, MSG, MNMT)
  • Game 2: April 23, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN, TVAS, SNE, SNO, SNW)
  • Game 3: April 26, 7 p.m. ET at Washington (TNT, truTV, MAX, SN360, TVAS)
  • Game 4: April 28, 8 p.m. ET at Washington (TBS, truTV, MAX, SN360, TVAS, SNE, SNO, SNP)
  • Further Games: TBD for May 1, May 3, and May 5.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders

  • Game 1: April 20, 5 p.m. ET (TBS, truTV, MAX, SN360, TVAS, MSGSN, BSSO, SNW, SNE, SNP)
  • Game 2: April 22, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2, SN360, TVAS)
  • Game 3: April 25, 7:30 p.m. ET at New York (ESPN2, SN360, TVAS)
  • Game 4: April 27, 2 p.m. ET at New York (TBS, truTV, MAX, SN, TVAS)
  • Further Games: TBD for April 30, May 2, and May 4.

Western Conference Matchups and Schedule

Here’s the latest schedule for the Western Conference matchups:

Dallas Stars vs. Vegas Golden Knights

  • Game 1: April 22, 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN, SN360, TVAS, FX)
  • Game 2: April 24, 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN, SN360, TVAS)
  • Game 3: April 27, 10:30 p.m. ET at Vegas (TBS, truTV, MAX, SN, SN360, TVAS)
  • Further Games: TBD for April 29, May 1, May 3, and May 5.

Winnipeg Jets vs. Colorado Avalanche

  • Game 1: April 21, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2, SN, TVAS)
  • Game 2: April 23, 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN, CBC, TVAS)
  • Game 3: April 26, 10 p.m. ET at Colorado (TNT, truTV, MAX, CBC, TVAS)
  • Game 4: April 28, 2:30 p.m. ET at Colorado (TNT, truTV, MAX, SN, TVAS)
  • Further Games: TBD for April 30, May 2, and May 4.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Nashville Predators

  • Game 1: April 20, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN, SN, SN360, TVAS)
  • Game 2: April 23, 10 p.m. ET ( ESPN2, SN, TVAS)
  • Game 3: April 26, 7:30 p.m. ET at Nashville (TBS, MAX, SN, TVAS)
  • Game 4: April 28, 5 p.m. ET at Nashville (TBS, truTV, MAX, SN, TVAS)
  • Further Games: TBD for April 30, May 3, and May 5.

Edmonton Oilers vs. Los Angeles Kings

  • Game 1: April 22, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN2, SN, CBC, TVAS)
  • Game 2: April 24, 10 p.m. ET (TBS, MAX, SN, TVAS, CBC)
  • Game 3: April 26, 10:30 p.m. ET at Los Angeles (TBS, MAX, SN, TVAS)
  • Game 4: April 28, 10:30 p.m. ET at Los Angeles (TBS, truTV, MAX, SN, SN1, TVAS)
  • Further Games: TBD for May 1, May 3, and May 5.

Top NHL players in 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs

The playoffs spotlight the league’s top talents, including:

  • Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs): 69 goals, 38 assists
  • Cale Makar (Colorado Avalanche): 21 goals, 69 assists
  • Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche): 51 goals, 87 assists
  • Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers): 32 goals, 100 assists
  • Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers): 41 goals, 65 assists
  • Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning): 44 goals, 100 assists
  • Matthew Tkachuk (Florida Panthers): 26 goals, 62 assists
  • Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg Jets): 37 wins, 2.39 GAA, .921 SV%
  • Artemi Panarin (New York Rangers): 49 goals, 71 assists
  • Sam Reinhart (Florida Panthers): 57 goals, 37 assists
  • Mikko Rantanen (Colorado Avalanche): 41 goals, 62 assists
  • Quinn Hughes (Vancouver Canucks): 17 goals, 74 assists
  • Elias Pettersson (Vancouver Canucks): 34 goals, 55 assists
  • Adam Fox (New York Rangers): 17 goals, 56 assists
  • Sebastian Aho (Carolina Hurricanes): 36 goals, 53 assists
  • Miro Heiskanen (Dallas Stars): 9 goals, 45 assists
  • Thatcher Demko (Vancouver Canucks): 35 wins, 2.44 GAA, .918 SV%
  • David Pastrnak (Boston Bruins): 47 goals, 63 assists
  • Aleksander Barkov (Florida Panthers): 23 goals, 57 assists
  • Sergei Bobrovsky (Florida Panthers): 36 wins, 2.37 GAA, .915 SV%
  • Roman Josi (Nashville Predators): 23 goals, 62 assists
  • Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning): 13 goals, 63 assists
  • Charlie McAvoy (Boston Bruins): 12 goals, 35 assists
  • Jason Robertson (Dallas Stars): 29 goals, 51 assists
  • Jake Guentzel (Carolina Hurricanes): 30 goals, 47 assists
  • Brad Marchand (Boston Bruins): 29 goals, 38 assists
  • Igor Shesterkin (New York Rangers): 36 wins, 2.58 GAA, .913 SV%
  • Noah Hanifin (Vegas Golden Knights): 13 goals, 34 assists
  • J.T. Miller (Vancouver Canucks): 37 goals, 66 assists
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay Lightning): 30 wins, 2.90 GAA, .900 SV%
  • Roope Hintz (Dallas Stars): 30 goals, 35 assists
  • Kyle Connor (Winnipeg Jets): 34 goals, 27 assists
  • Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning): 40 goals, 41 assists
  • Brayden Point (Tampa Bay Lightning): 46 goals, 44 assists
  • Jonathan Marchessault (Vegas Golden Knights): 42 goals, 27 assists
  • Devon Toews (Colorado Avalanche): 12 goals, 37 assists
  • Jake Oettinger (Dallas Stars): 35 wins, 2.72 GAA, .905 SV%
  • Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers): 4 goals, 14 assists
  • Morgan Rielly (Toronto Maple Leafs): 7 goals, 51 assists
  • Jack Eichel (Vegas Golden Knights): 30 goals, 37 assists
  • Zach Hyman (Edmonton Oilers): 54 goals, 23 assists
  • Chris Kreider (New York Rangers): 39 goals, 36 assists
  • Filip Forsberg (Nashville Predators): 48 goals, 46 assists
  • William Nylander (Toronto Maple Leafs): 40 goals, 58 assists
  • Mitch Marner (Toronto Maple Leafs): 26 goals, 59 assists
  • Mathew Barzal (New York Islanders): 23 goals, 57 assists
  • Jaccob Slavin (Carolina Hurricanes): 6 goals, 31 assists
  • Evan Bouchard (Edmonton Oilers): 18 goals, 64 assists
  • Jeremy Swayman (Boston Bruins): 25 wins, 2.53 GAA, .916 SV%
  • Mark Stone (Vegas Golden Knights): 16 goals, 37 assists

Don’t Miss the Excitement of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs!

The 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs are heating up, and the stakes get higher with every game.

Don’t miss a moment of the action – stay tuned to the complete first-round schedule and catch every game to witness top NHL players like Auston Matthews, Connor McDavid, and many others as they strive to cement their names into hockey history.

Keep up with the excitement and ensure you’re part of every play, every goal, and every unforgettable moment of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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