The NHL Stanley Cup regular season 2021-22 is coming down the house stretch with just some weeks left to play. It marks the primary full 82-game slate for the league since the COVID-19 pandemic began back in 2020. Because the regular season winds down, here’s which teams are already locked sure the postseason.

As the NHL regular season draws to a close, the playoff picture is becoming more evident. The NHL playoffs begin on May 2 and run through June 30. We’ll keep you updated in on which teams advance and how the postseason battle is shaping out, as this action takes place in the closing weeks of the regular season.

Current playoff matchups


The NHL Eastern Conference’s and Western Conference clubs will compete in the postseason in 2022. To qualify for the playoff season competitions, each team must win.

Eastern ConferenceWestern Conference
Florida Panthers vs Washington CapitalsColorado Avalanche vs Nashville Predators
Carolina Hurricanes vs Boston BruinsCalgary Flames vs Dallas Stars
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Tampa Bay LightningSt. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild
New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh PenguinsEdmonton Oilers vs Los Angeles Kings

NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Draft Order

Several NHL organizations are still vying for a playoff position, 10 teams have already been eliminated, and therefore the focus has shifted to the NHL Draft in 2022. The race is on to accumulate the simplest odds in, with the NHL’s top two picks selected by a lottery process. Although it’s not a provided that will win the championship, it’ll have the most effective chance.

The following is the projected draft order for the NHL playoff in 2022.

1 Arizona Coyotes9 Detroit Red Wings
2 Montreal Canadiens10 San Jose Sharks
3 Seattle Kraken11 Anaheim Ducks
4 Philadelphia Flyers12 Columbus Blue Jackets
5 New Jersey Devils13 New York Islanders
6 Columbus Blue Jackets (via Chicago Blackhawks)14 Winnipeg Jets
7 Ottawa Senators15 Vancouver Canucks
8 Buffalo Sabres16 Buffalo Sabres (via Vegas Golden Knights)