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Finalized Eastern Conference bracket for 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs

We take a look at how the East matchups are shaping up heading into the 2021-22 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Sidney Crosby #87 and Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins talk before a face-off against the Edmonton Oilers at PPG PAINTS Arena on April 26, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images

As the 2021-22 NHL regular season comes to a close, there’s still a bit that needs to be decided out of the Eastern Conference. Right now, the Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes are locked into the top seeds out of the Metro and Atlantic divisions, respectively. There are some matchups that could be altered depending on how the final few games shake out. Let’s take a look at the Eastern Conference playoff picture in the final week with a short breakdown.

Eastern Conference playoff picture (as of April 29 AM)

No. 1 Florida Panthers (122 points) vs. WC2 Washington Capitals (100 pts)
No. 2 Toronto Maple Leafs (115 pts) vs. No. 3 Tampa Bay Lightning (110 pts)

No. 1 Carolina Hurricanes (116 pts) vs. WC1 Boston Bruins (107 pts)
No. 2 New York Rangers (110 pts) vs. No. 3 Pittsburgh Penguins (101 pts)

UPDATE, April 29 AM: There’s the potential for a bit of movement in the Eastern Conference as most of the conference prepares for its final game of the regular season. The Bruins and Lightning are one point apart in the Atlantic Division and the Penguins and Capitals are one point apart in the Metropolitan division. The final day of the regular season for the Eastern Conference will feature the following relevant matchups:

Boston @ Toronto
Washington @ New York
Columbus @ Pittsburgh


There’s the potential for a bit of movement in the Eastern Conference as the final week of the season comes to a close. The Penguins could be jumped by the Capitals for third place in the Metro Division, which would pit Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin against the Panthers as opposed to the Rangers. There’s also an outside shot that the Bruins jump the Lightning for the 3-seed and end up facing the Maple Leafs instead of the Hurricanes in the first round. Historically, you’ve got to think Boston would be thrilled with that matchup, as well as everyone working at the League.