When do the NHL playoffs start? First-round schedule, odds for 2020 Stanley Cup chase

first_imgIs this finally the year for Tampa Bay? Will Boston reclaim its spot on top of the hockey world? Could the St. Louis Blues go back-to-back? Or will another team surprise everybody this spring? Only time will tell. Below is everything you need to get you ready for the 2020 postseason.When do the NHL playoffs start?The first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs is slated to begin on Wednesday, April 8.How do the Stanley Cup playoffs work?Eight teams from each conference qualify. Each best-of-seven series is played in a 2–2–1–1–1 format, and the winners advance to the next round. The 2019-20 NHL regular season is drawing to a close and the playoff push is in full swing. Current favorites for the Stanley Cup include the Vegas Golden Knights, who recently traded for defenseman Alec Martinez and goalie Robin Lehner, and expected Presidents’ Trophy winners the Boston Bruins. The Tampa Bay Lightning are also a hot pick as they try to erase the embarrassment of a first-round exit last season.  In the first round, the top seed in each conference plays the second wild-card winner while the other division winner plays the first wild card. In each division, the second and third place teams battle it out to see who will advance to the conference semifinals. Teams that advance to the conference semifinals face off against the remainder of their bracket to determine who will play in the conference final.NHL playoff scheduleThis section will be updated when the information becomes available.Updated odds to win the 2020 Stanley CupTeamOdds*Vegas Golden Knights6/1Boston Bruins6/1Tampa Bay Lightning7/1Colorado Avalanche10/1St. Louis Blues10/1Washington Capitals10/1Philadelphia Flyers 10/1Dallas Stars16/1Pittsburgh Penguins16/1Toronto Maple Leafs20/1Edmonton Oilers20/1Nashville Predators25/1Calgary Flames30/1Vancouver Canucks30/1Carolina Hurricanes40/1New York Islanders40/1Arizona Coyotes50/1Winnipeg Jets50/1Minnesota Wild60/1New York Rangers60/1Columbus Blue Jackets80/1Florida Panthers80/1Chicago Blackhawks300/1Montreal Canadiens1000/1*, as of March 9last_img read more