2018 NHL Playoffs Bracket and Predictions
The march to the Stanley Cup.
The 2018 NHL playoffs bracket is here as we track our way through to the Stanley Cup. Who will walk the road all the way to the championship?
Key dates to keep in mind (updated as the schedule unfolds):
- April 11, 2018: Stanley Cup Playoffs begin.
- April 26, 2018: Division Finals round begins.
- May 11, 2018: Eastern and Western Conference finals begin.
- May 28, 2018: Stanley Cup Finals start.
- June 7, 2018: Postseason ended.
2018 NHL Playoffs Bracket: The Final Look
Washington finally got the monkey off of their collective back and made it to the Stanley Cup Finals, then won the damn thing. In the last few years, we’ve seen the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros win the World Series and the Philadelphia Eagles win the Super Bowl. The Caps are now the next in a line of frustrated franchises to finally take home a title.
Meanwhile, you have to just tip your cap to the Vegas Golden Knights. That they even made it this far is one of the greatest playoff accomplishments in NHL history.
2018 NHL Playoffs: First Round Series Capsules
Click on the links below for game-by-game looks at each of the playoff series as they unfold.
|East 1st Round||West 1st Round|
|Washington vs. Columbus||Nashville vs. Colorado|
|Tampa Bay vs. New Jersey||Vegas vs. Los Angeles|
|Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia||Winnipeg vs. Minnesota|
|Boston vs. Toronto||Anaheim vs. San Jose|
2018 NHL Playoffs Bracket Picks
There is a one in sixteen chance we have this right, but we predict the Nashville Predators will defeat the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals. It would be Nashville’s first championship in professional sports, so of course they hope it happens.
Los Angeles may not have been a tremendous regular season team, but they can go on playoff runs; watch out for the Kings.