By David Wharton NHL News • April 17, 2018 10:07:17With every new round of the Stanley Cup playoffs comes an array of players, coaches and executives who are all hoping for a chance to make the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade.
The Stanley Cup Playoffs were originally scheduled to be played in 2019-20, but after the lockout ended in early April, the league announced in late May that they would play the first round in 2020-21, which would mean the league will have played nine rounds in the next decade.
That meant the Stanley the Playoffs would start the same way every year: the top teams in each conference would advance to the Stanley Playoffs.
This is what the 2019-2020 Stanley Cup Playoff schedule looks like, courtesy of NHL.com:The 2017-18 Stanley Cup was played in the Eastern Conference, but was split into two halves, with the first half played in Detroit and the second half played at home in Pittsburgh.
The two teams would play each other in the first two rounds, then play a best-of-seven series that included a Game 7.
The two teams will meet again in the Western Conference semifinals, this time at home.
The second and third rounds would then play out at home and in the conference finals in Los Angeles.
The last round would take place at the Staples Center in Los Vegas.
The 2019-21 Stanley Cup Finals would be played at the Garden in Los Feliz, Calif.
The Stanley Cup finals would be staged in Los Angles.
The Staples Center is a prime location, with its massive view of the Staples arena, the iconic Dodger Stadium, and the massive Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The 20th Stanley Cup will be played on March 12, 2021 in Nashville.
The 2022-23 Stanley Cup final will be held in New York.
The 2024-25 Stanley Cup Final will be staged on May 15 in New Jersey.
The 2025 Stanley Cup champion will be crowned on March 6 in Calgary.
The Final will begin on March 9 at Madison Square Garden.
The winner will host the next four NHL Finals in their home city.
The winner will then face off against the defending champion.
The finals will be the first to be held at the NHL arena, rather than a neutral site, since the Stanley Cups were originally played in Boston and New York, respectively.
The Finals will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1, NHL Network and CBC.
There will be two additional Stanley Cup games, the first on Feb. 1 in Calgary and the other on April 1 in Nashville, which will be preceded by the Stanley Championship Game, which was played on Dec. 10, 1971 in Detroit.
The NHL’s Stanley Cup championship series will be split into the Western and Eastern Conference.
The Western Conference champion will play the Eastern conference champion in the Stanley Final, with a rematch being played at Staples Center.
The East champion will face off in the Conference Finals.