NHL Playoffs: First Round Games, Ranking Determined


The NHL’s first round playoff games are set.The remaining 16 teams will compete in the best of seven series after passing the qualifying round and round robin. The first round matches are scheduled to start on Tuesday August 11.

Eastern Conference First Round Matches

Western Conference First Round Matches

  • Vegas Golden Knights (1) contre les Blackhawks de Chicago (8)
  • Colorado Avalanche (2) vs. Arizona Coyotes (7)
  • Dallas Stars (3) vs. Calgary Flames (6)
  • Saint-Louis Blues (4) vs. Vancouver Canucks (5)

The ranking of the top four teams from each conference was decided by round robin competition, as their opponents qualified from the top five of the five qualifiers.

Teams that were eliminated in the qualifying round include the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Florida Panthers, Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators, Minnesota Wild, Winnipeg Jets and the Toronto Maple Leafs. They were among 24 teams included in the altered NHL playoff format amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


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