The most exciting time in Hockey is finally here, with the first puck of the 2017 NHL playoffs dropping on April 12th. The race to the Stanley Cup will feature the top 8 teams in both conferences, including the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins, and top seeds Washington Capitals, and Chicago Blackhawks. NHL Playoff tickets are on-sale now.
The 2017 Western Conference Playoffs will see several of the same teams as last year, such as the San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks, while new teams that didn’t make it in 2016, Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers, and Calgary Flames. The Chicago Blackhawks clinched the best record in the Western Conference and are set to be the favorites. Meanwhile the Anaheim Ducks claimed the Pacific Division, and the defending Western Conference champs the San Jose Sharks are back to once again try to claim their division and win the Stanley Cup.
The race for the NHL Eastern Conference Championship is as packed as it has been in years. Defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins return to try to defend their title. However, it will be the Washington Capitals who enter as the favorites to win the East, after the Caps posted an over 100 point season and won the Presidents Cup. On the other side of the Eastern Conference bracket, the Montreal Canadiens will square off against the New York Rangers, in a first round battle of two hungry franchises. Throw in the Boston Bruins, as well as the Blue Jackets, Senators, and Maple Leafs, and the 2017 NHL Eastern Conference Playoffs are set and ready to be one of the best in years.