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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2024: NHL Bracket, Format and Up to date Predictions

Stanley Cup Playoffs 2024: NHL Bracket, Format and Updated Predictions 0 of 4 Leah Hennel/Getty Images Eight teams from the Eastern and Western Conference will battle in the 2023-24 NHL Playoffs, with the chance to hoist the Stanley Cup on the line. Last year’s champions, the Vegas Golden Knights, were the final team to make

Stanley Cup Playoffs 2024: NHL Bracket, Format and Up to date Predictions

Stanley Cup Playoffs 2024: NHL Bracket, Format and Up to date Predictions

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    CALGARY, CANADA - APRIL 06: Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers prepares for a face-off against the Calgary Flames during the first period at the Scotiabank Saddledome on April 6, 2024, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Leah Hennel/Getty Images)

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    Eight groups from the Japanese and Western Convention will battle within the 2023-24 NHL Playoffs, with the prospect to hoist the Stanley Cup on the road.

    Final yr’s champions, the Vegas Golden Knights, have been the ultimate crew to make the sphere of eight out west whereas two open wildcard slots stay within the east.

    Connor McDavid can have a chance to compete for the one accolade that has eluded him so far in his storied profession. Ditto, Auston Matthews.

    The Dallas Stars are, arguably, one of the best crew within the league whereas the Boston Bruins will look to erase the bitter disappointment of a historic elimination a season in the past.

    What groups are in one of the best place to make their championship goals come true?

    Discover out with this take a look at present standings, the bracket setup, and predictions for the primary spherical of this yr’s playoffs.

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Maple Leafs Search Deep Playoff Run and First Stanley Cup Since 1967

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    TORONTO, ON - APRIL 11: Auston Matthews #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks on during warm ups before facing the New Jersey Devils at Scotiabank Arena on April 11, 2024 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Mark Blinch/NHLI through Getty Pictures

    On paper, there are few groups with the general expertise and skill of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Auston Matthews has a league-leading 68 targets, and William Nylander and Mitch Marner have collected 56 assists. With explosive scoring, and a goalie in Ilya Samsonov who has compiled a 23-7 report within the web, the Leafs seem like in place to make a deep run within the playoffs.

    A grueling first-round match-up with the Florida Panthers doubtless awaits. That sequence will doubtless set the tone for Toronto’s playoff run if they’ll proceed scoring towards Florida and goalie Anthony Stolarz (.926 save proportion) on the clip they’ve this season.

    In the event that they battle to search out the online, or Samsonov lets the Panthers put the puck within the objective and switch the sequence right into a shootout, the Leafs may discover themselves heading dwelling early.

    Once more.

    Such an end result will doubtless lead to main modifications throughout the group, as James Mirtle of The Athletic reported on The Leaf Report podcast.

    “They lose within the first spherical, there’s going to be fairly huge modifications. And there could possibly be huge modifications this yr and doubtlessly even the yr after. (Brendan) Shanahan’s acquired one yr left on his deal. There is a new president of MLSE,” Mirtle stated (h/t The Hockey News).

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    Final season, the Leafs outlasted the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven video games, just for Florida to defeat them 4-1 within the second spherical. Even that outcome may, and doubtless ought to, lead to modifications given the expertise at play and the dearth of outcomes to this point.

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