NHL Playoffs Bracket 2018: Lightning eliminate Devils, 12 teams left on road to Stanley Cup Final
A look at the entire postseason field -- and who's going up against who for a shot at the Cup
The Stanley Cup playoffs are in full swing, and four teams are out of the field so far. The expansion Vegas Golden Knights proved their mettle Los Angeles Kings, becoming the new . The Ducks are also done the Sharks, and the Wild joined both on early summer vacation after by the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night.
Then, the Devils joined the fray on Saturday when the Lightning handed them a 2-0 loss to end their series in five.
Four down, 12 left. Who will raise the Stanley Cup at the end of it all?
We've got you covered with how to stay on top of all the action. Be sure to check out the, and stay on top of our individual first-round series breakdowns across both conferences. Here's the playoff bracket for the first round of matchups as well, showing each team's road to the Stanley Cup Final.
NHL Western Conference Playoff Bracket
The biggest, baddest contender out of this crop is obvious -- the reigning conference champion Predators, even though the Avs gave them a run for their money at times. The Jets are vaunted as well, though, what with their electric offense. And Vegas seems bent on breaking more records as a legitimate balanced attack.
- (Golden Knights win series 4-0)
- (Sharks win series 4-0)
NHL Eastern Conference Playoff Bracket
The juiciest games of this bunch have to be the Bruins-Maple Leafs and Flyers-Penguins tilts, if partially because of the fan bases behind them. Some people thought this could finally be the year the Capitals capitalize (hey, a pun?) on lower playoff expectations, but the Blue Jackets are doing their part to keep D.C. fans disappointed.
- (Lightning win series 4-1)
*Note: WC = wild card team
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