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Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket 2023: Updated NHL Playoff Picture, Standings & Seeding

The 2023 Stanley Cup Final has arrived! Get up-to-date bracket info, a printable bracket, and more for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Last Updated: Jun 2, 2023 11:36 AM ET Read Time: 4 min
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The 2023 NHL Playoffs have had more twists and turns than a rollercoaster this year with favorites falling and underdogs consistently rising to the occasion.

We've finally reached the Stanley Cup Final — with the No. 1 seed Vegas Golden Knights taking on the eighth-seeded Florida Panthers, who have been powered by the incredibly hot play of veteran goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

Check out the road to the Final for each team with our NHL playoff bracket results — and the best NHL odds for upcoming games in the series.

NHL playoff bracket

Follow along with our up-to-date bracket below as we track each series through to the end of the Stanley Cup Final, and make sure you keep up on which teams have the best odds to win the Stanley Cup. You can also track the progress of individual players with our Conn Smythe Trophy odds page.

Odds for NHL playoff games

Check out our expert NHL picks for every game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Printable bracket

NHL playoff format

In the NHL playoffs, 16 teams qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs. The current playoff format is a set bracket, mostly division-based, with wild cards.

The top three teams from each division make up the first 12 teams in the playoffs, while the remaining four spots are filled by the following two highest-placed finishers in each conference, regardless of their division. This means one division can have five teams in the postseason while the other has just three.

In the First Round of the playoffs, the division winner with the best record in each conference will play against the wild card team with the worse record, while the wild card team with the better record will play the other division winner. The teams finishing second and third in each division will play each other in the First Round within their respective division's bracket.

The winners of the First Round within each bracket will play each other in the Second Round to determine the four participants in the Conference Finals. Home-ice advantage through the first two rounds is given to the team that placed higher in the regular-season standings. In the Conference Final and Stanley Cup Final, home-ice advantage goes to the team with the better regular-season record, regardless of their division.

NHL playoff standings

NHL Stanley Cup Final matchup

Seed Team Series odds Division Points
8 Panthers Florida Panthers +110 Atlantic 92
1 Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights -130 Pacific 111

The Panthers continued their magical postseason run by sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Final, while the Golden Knights needed six games to dispatch the Dallas Stars... but punched their ticket with an emphatic 6-0 victory.

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