NHL Playoff Picture: Western Conference Bracket if Season Ended Today

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BetMGM Staff @BETMGM Jan 24, 2023, 8:41 AM

Multiple NHL teams in the West are looking to contend for the Stanley Cup, while others are just looking to qualify for the playoffs.

Here’s what the playoff picture would look like if it ended today.

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NHL Playoff Picture: Western Conference Bracket if Season Ended Today

Western Conference Playoff Matchups

  • Dallas Stars vs. Calgary Flames
  • Vegas Golden Knights vs. Edmonton Oilers
  • Winnipeg Jets vs. Minnesota Wild
  • Seattle Kraken vs. Los Angeles Kings

The Dallas Stars are back on top of the Central Division after picking up four points over the last week. Those points came from victories over Los Angeles and Arizona, which now has the team one point ahead of the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets are still playing some excellent hockey, owning a 7-3 record over their last 10 games, and have won two in a row heading into their Tuesday matchup with the Nashville Predators. The Jets and Stars have done a great job separating themselves in the Central standings.

The Vegas Golden Knights have cooled off in the Pacific Division, only picking up two points over the last seven days. If the playoffs kicked off today, they’d find themselves in a matchup against a high-powered offense in the Edmonton Oilers, who’re red-hot, winning six in a row. The Seattle Kraken and Los Angeles Kings have done an excellent job getting back in the picture for the top spot in the Pacific and are within two points of Vegas for the lead.

One team that hasn’t quite solidified itself in a playoff spot is the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche. That could change shortly, as the Avs sit just two points back of a playoff spot on Tuesday night and have won five straight games.

When are the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs?

The NHL regular season concludes on April 13, 2023. The Stanley Cup playoffs are likely to begin on April 15, 2023, with no current dates.

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