- Date: May 2018
- Teams: Winnipeg Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights
The 2018 Western Conference Playoffs will see several new faces that weren't in the show last year, starting with the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, who won the Pacific Division in their inaugural season. The Nashville Predators, who made the Stanley Cup Final in 2017 as the No. 4 seed in the West, clinched the Presidents' Cup as the team with the most points in the NHL and appear poised for a return trip to the finals. The Winnipeg Jets not only had their best season in team history, but scored 15 more points than they have in any other season. The Minnesota Wild clinched the third playoff spot in the Cental Division and the Colorado Avalanche claimed the second and final wild card slot. In the Pacific, the three California teams - Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings - locked up playoff spots behind Vegas. The Kings occupy the first wild card position in the West. The NHL's Western Conference Playoffs begin on Wednesday, April 11. Don't miss the chance to see your team's road to the Stanley Cup Final!
- Date: May 2018
- Teams: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals
The race for the 2018 Eastern Conference Playoffs is going to be an interesting one, made evident by requiring all 82 games of the season to determine the conference's top seed. After an exciting finish to the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning return to the playoffs after a one-year hiatus, just one point ahead of the Boston Bruins in the Atlantic Division. The Toronto Maple Leafs also made the postseason with 105 points, the same amount as the Washington Capitals, who won the Metropolitan Division. That shows you how tough the Atlantic was all season. However, over half of the Eastern Conference playoff field came from the Metropolitan, led by the aforementioned Caps. The Pittsburgh Penguins - the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champions - Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and New Jersey Devils have reserved the other playoff slots, with the Blue Jackets and Devils in the two wild card spots, respectively. The NHL's Eastern Conference Playoffs begin on Wednesday, April 11. Don't miss the chance to see your team's road to the Stanley Cup Final!