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How Many Games In The Stanley Cup Finals?

By / 1 June 2023 04:54 AM

The Stanley Cup was donated by Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley, Lord Stanley of Preston in 1892
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How Many Games In The Stanley Cup Finals? There are 7 games in the Stanley Cup Finals with 4 rounds of the best of seven series.

There are 16 playoff games. Each playoff game is a best-of-seven series where a team has to win 4 games to advance.

16 teams are competing so a team must win 16 games to win the Stanley Cup. A player can play at least 28 games in the playoffs.

How Many Games In A Regular NHL Season?

There are 1,312 games in a regular NHL season. It comprises 26 division games, 24 conference games, and 32 inter-conference games from 32 NHL teams.

The league has four divisions: Atlantic and Metropolitan divisions (Eastern Conference) and Central and Pacific divisions (Western Conference).

The regular season games run from early October to April. The NHL franchises give their best to stand on seasonal ratings. The seasonal standings define which teams are going to the Stanley Cup.

Before the regular games, there is a pre-season that runs during September. During this period, coaches try out new players and enhance the skills of existing players.

How Many Games In NHL Season Per Team?

There are 82 games in the NHL season per team. It includes 41 home games and 41 home-away games.

The hockey league releases a schedule for every team before the regular season starts. They schedule the date, time, the team opponent for the game.

Each team's schedule is set up so they play 2 to 5 games at home and 2 to 5 on the road. Each team will play an average of 7-8 home and away games monthly throughout the season.

Two points are awarded for wins, one point for a loss in overtime or shootout, and no points for a loss in regulation time.

Games CountHeld
26 games3-4 games against team within divison
24 games3 games against division within conference
32 games2 games against teams from opponent conference

The 2022-23 NHL regular season schedule by team was released in July 2022.

The new 2023-24 NHL season starts on October 2023 and ends on June 2024. The preseason games will be held in Australia.

The Arizona Coyotes and the Los Angeles Kings are set to play a first preseason game on September 23 and 24 at Rod Laver Arena.

How Do The NHL Playoffs Work 2023?

The NHL playoffs 2023 works with 4 rounds of games that are played in a best-of-seven series. Every round has seven games each having three periods of 20 minutes.

  • The top 3 teams from each division are selected from the 32 NHL teams with 2 wild cards from each conference.
  • The team with the top seed in the regular season gets the home-ice advantage in the first two rounds of the playoffs, regardless of the regular-season point total.
  • The club with the greater regular-season point total enjoys the home-ice advantage in the third and fourth rounds, regardless of seeding.
  • Any tie in the standings is seeded based on their regulation and overtime wins excluding shoutouts. They can also be decided by the difference between goals and goals against in the regular season.
  • In the conference and Stanley finals, teams with the most points in the regular season get the home-ice advantage.
  • The club with home-ice advantage hosts games 1, 2, 5, and 7, while their opponent club gets to host games 3, 4, and 6. Games after 4 are only played if needed.
  • If a playoff game goes to overtime, an endless number of sudden-death, five-on-five, 20-minute periods are played.

Matthew Tkachuk interacting with his teammates after entering the cup finals
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The division winner of each conference matches up with the top Wild Card team in the first round.

  • Series 1: Division A Winner Vs. Wild Card
  • Series 2: Second division winner Vs. third division winner

The NHL playoffs are divided into four rounds:

First Round

In the first round 16 teams their rival team within their conference. The top-seeded club competes with another team to advance to the next round.

In this round, the division winner with the most points in each conference competes with the wild card team.

There are 8 teams from the Eastern Conference and 8 from the Western Conference. They are selected based on regular season standings.

Second Round

The first-round winners are re-seeded based on points; the top seed faces the lowest seed.

Eights teams from the first round face each other within their conference. Only four teams can make it to the next round.

All the teams fight vigorously to reach the conference finals.

Conference Finals

In the conference finals, teams from each conference fight to reach other championship finals. It is the third round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The winning teams in this round receive the Prince of Wales Trophy and Clarence S. Campbell Bowl.

Stanley Cup Finals

The Eastern and Western Conference finals winner makes the final match to bring home the trophy. There is no re-seeding in the finals.

The team winning this round takes home the Lord Stanley Cup home for a year.

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket 2023

NHL Stanley Cup playoffs bracket 2023 follows a best-of-seven series following a 2-2-1-1-1 format. The Florida Panthers and the Vegas Golden Knights are in the finals.

Florida reached the finals defeating Boston Bruins in the first round, Toronto Maple Leafs in the seacond round and Carolina Avalanche in the conference finals.

Likewise, the Knights swept away Winnipeg Jets in the first round, Edmonton Oilers in the second round and Dallas Stars in the conference finals.

Eastern Conference

First round

  • Boston Vs. Florida(3-4)
  • Toronto Vs. Tampa Bay (4-2)
  • Carolina Vs. NY Islanders(4 -2)
  • New Jersey Vs. NY Rangers (4-3)

Second round

  • Toronto Vs. Florida (4-1)
  • Carolina Vs. New Jersey (4-1_

Western Conference Final

First Round

  • Colorado Vs. Seattle (3-4)
  • Dallas Vs. Minnesota (4-2)
  • Vegas Vs. Winnipeg (4-1)
  • Edmonton Vs. Los Angeles (4-2)

Second Round

  • Seattle Vs. Dallas (4-2)
  • Vegas Vs. Edmonton (4-2)

Conference Finals

  • Florida Vs. Carolina (4-0)
  • Dallas Vs. Vegas (2-4)

Stanely Cup Finals

  • Florida Vs. Vegas (TBD)

The Knights players cheering at T-Mobile Arena ion April 28, 2023
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The Florida Panthers have won 0 Stanley Cups to date. They last appeared in the finals in 1996 and most recently are facing the Vegas Golden Knights for the cup.

The Knights are among the newest NHL teams in order of founding date. They reached the finals in 2018 and lost to Washington Capitals.

Both clubs will fight vigorously to win their first Stanley Cup bringing some exciting hockey along the way.

Among the 2023 NHL players, Matthew Tkachuk and Carter Verhaeghe have made it to the top ten players list based on points. The list has four Knights players, Jack Eichel, Jonathan Marchessault, Ivan Barbashev and Mark Stone.

When Is The NHL Stanley Cup Finals 2023 Dates?

The NHL Stanley Cup Finals 2023 Dates are:

  • June 3 - Game 1 Golden Knights Vs. Panthers at T-Mobile Arena
  • June 5 - Game 2 Golden Knights Vs. Panthers at T-Mobile Arena
  • June 8 - Game 3 Panthers Vs. Golden Knights at FLA Live Arena
  • June 10 - Game 4 Panthers Vs. Golden Knights at FLA Live Arena
  • June 13 - Game 5 Golden Knights Vs. Panthers at T-Mobile Arena
  • June 16 - Game 6 Panthers Vs. Golden Knights at FLA Live Arena
  • June 29 - Game 7 Golden Knights Vs. Panthers at T-Mobile Arena

The final three games of will be held at FLA Live Arena situated in Sunrise, Florida
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What Time Does The Stanley Cup Playoffs Start?

The Stanley Cup Playoffs start at 7:00 p.m. ET on Monday, April 17, 2023. The Stanley Cup Finale begins with Game 1 slated for Sunday, June 3 at 08:00 pm ET.

The game will be held at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The match will be broadcasted through CBC, WBD sister networks (TruTV, TBS), and TNT. TNT will cover the finals for the first time in the network's history since 1994.

In Canada, you can watch the games across Hockey Night in Canada channel through Sportnets networks, FX, CBC, and Citytv. While in the US, ESPN, Warner Bros, and Discovery Sports.

The radio broadcast will be covered by the Sports USA Radio Network via NHL Radio.

The Stanley Cup Finals 2023 announces are:

  • ESPN Networks
  • Sportsnet
  • Warner Bros, Discovery Sports
  • Sports USA Radio

Vegas Golden Knights Announcers:

Play-by-PlayKenny Albert, Chris Cuthbert, John Ahlers
Color CommentatorDarren Pang
Ice level AnalystJackie Redmond, Kyle Bukaukas

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Some FAQs

What is the highest scoring stanley cup final game?

The higest scoring stanley cup final game is between Blackhawks and Canadiens. They have scored a together of 15 goals (8-7) on May 8, 1973.