2024 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Quarterfinals Primer

The 2024 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are ready to start. Here’s a 2024 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Primer exclusively at Inside The Rink.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

The Eastern Conference is the easier of the two conferences in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year. It will still be as hard-hitting as the Western Conference, but not every single team in the East is as much of a wagon as the eight in the West.

Florida Panthers vs Tampa Bay Lightning

Game 1: Lightning at Panthers: Sunday, April 21, 11:30 am CST.
Game 2: Lightning at Panthers: Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 pm CST.
Game 3: Panthers at Lightning: Thursday, April 25, 6:00 pm CST.
Game 4: Panthers at Lightning: Saturday, April 27, 4:00 pm CST.
Game 5*: Lightning at Panthers: TBD
Game 6*: Panthers at Lightning: TBD
Game 7*: Lightning at Panthers: TBD

Florida Panthers

2023-24 NHL Season Record: 52 wins – 24 losses – 6 overtime losses, 110 points.
Division Finish: 1st Atlantic.
Highest Scoring Player: Sam Reinhart, 94 points (57G, 37A)
Wildcard Players: Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Kyle Okposo and Carter Verhaeghe.
Projected Starting Goaltender: Sergei Bobrovsky

Tampa Bay Lightning

2023-24 NHL Season Record: 45 wins – 29 losses – 8 overtime losses, 98 points.
Division Finish: 4th Atlantic, 1st wildcard.
Highest Scoring Player: Nikita Kucherov, 144 points (44G, 100A)
Wildcard Players: Brandon Hagel, Anthony Duclair and Matt Dumba.
Projected Starting Goaltender: Andrei Vasilevskiy

Boston Bruins vs Toronto Maple Leafs

Game 1: Maple Leafs at Bruins: Saturday, April 20, 7:00 pm CST.
Game 2: Maple Leafs at Bruins: Monday, April 22, 6:00 pm CST.
Game 3: Bruins at Maple Leafs: Wednesday, April 24, 6:00 pm CST.
Game 4: Bruins at Maple Leafs: Saturday, April 27, 7:00 pm CST.
Game 5*: Maple Leafs at Bruins: TBD
Game 6*: Bruins at Maple Leafs: TBD
Game 7*: Maple Leafs at Bruins: TBD

Toronto Maple Leafs

2023-24 NHL Season Record: 46 wins – 26 losses – 10 overtime losses, 102 points.
Division Finish: 3rd Atlantic.
Highest Scoring Player: Auston Matthews, 107 points (69G, 38A)
Wildcard Players: Tyler Bertuzzi, Ryan Reaves, Nick Robertson and Simon Benoit.
Projected Starting Goaltender: Ilya Samsonov

Boston Bruins

2023-24 NHL Season Record: 47 wins – 20 losses – 15 overtime losses, 109 points.
Division Finish: 2nd Atlantic.
Highest Scoring Player: David Pastrnak, 110 points (47G, 63A)
Wildcard Players: Morgan Geekie, Pat Maroon and Andrew Peeke.
Projected Starting Goaltender: Linus Ullmark

New York Rangers vs Washington Capitals

Game 1: Capitals at Rangers: Sunday, April 21, 2:00 pm CST.
Game 2: Capitals at Rangers: Tuesday, April 23, 6:00 pm CST.
Game 3: Rangers at Capitals: Friday, April 26, 6:00 pm CST.
Game 4: Rangers at Capitals: Sunday, April 28, 7:00 pm CST.
Game 5*: Capitals at Rangers: TBD
Game 6*: Rangers at Capitals: TBD
Game 7*: Capitals at Rangers: TBD

New York Rangers

2023-24 NHL Season Record: 55 wins – 23 losses – 4 overtime losses, 114 points.
Division Finish: Presidents Trophy, 1st Metropolitan.
Highest Scoring Player: Artemi Panarin, 120 points (49G, 71A)
Wildcard Players: Erik Gustafsson, Barclay Goodrow and Matt Rempe.
Projected Starting Goaltender: Igor Shesterkin

Washington Capitals

2023-24 NHL Season Record: 40 wins – 31 losses – 11 overtime losses, 91 points.
Division Finish: 4th Metropolitan, 2nd Wildcard.
Highest Scoring Player: Dylan Strome, 67 points (27G, 40A)
Wildcard Players: Max Pacioretty, Hendrix Lapierre and Sonny Milano.
Projected Starting Goaltender: Charlie Lindgren

Carolina Hurricanes vs New York Islanders

Game 1: Islanders at Hurricanes: Saturday, April 20, 4:00 pm CST.
Game 2: Islanders at Hurricanes: Monday, April 22, 6:30 pm CST.
Game 3: Hurricanes at Islanders: Thursday, April 25, 6:30 pm CST.
Game 4: Hurricanes at Islanders: Saturday, April 27, 1:00 pm CST.
Game 5*: Islanders at Hurricanes: TBD
Game 6*: Hurricanes at Islanders: TBD
Game 7*: Islanders at Hurricanes: TBD

Carolina Hurricanes

2023-24 NHL Season Record: 52 wins – 23 losses – 7 overtime losses, 111 points.
Division Finish: 2nd Metropolitan.
Highest Scoring Player: Sebastian Aho, 89 points (36G, 53A)
Wildcard Players: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Martin Necas and Tony DeAngelo.
Projected Starting Goaltender: Frederik Andersen

New York Islanders

2023-24 NHL Season Record: 39 wins – 27 losses – 16 overtime losses, 94 points.
Division Finish: 3rd Metropolitan.
Highest Scoring Player: Matthew Barzal, 80 points (23G, 57A)
Wildcard Players: Alexander Romanov, Kyle Palmieri and Pierre Engvall.
Projected Starting Goaltender: Ilya Sorokin

Western Conference Quarterfinals

Dallas Stars vs Vegas Golden Knights

Game 1: Golden Knights at Stars: Monday, April 22, 8:30 pm CST.
Game 2: Golden Knights at Stars: Wednesday, April 24, 8:30 pm CST.
Game 3: Stars at Golden Knights: Saturday, April 27, 9:30 pm CST.
Game 4: Stars at Golden Knights: Monday, April 29, 9:30 pm CST.
Game 5*: Golden Knights at Stars: TBD
Game 6*: Stars at Golden Knights: TBD
Game 7*: Golden Knights at Stars: TBD

Dallas Stars

2023-24 NHL Season Record: 52 wins – 21 losses – 9 overtime losses, 113 points.
Division Finish: 1st Central.
Highest Scoring Player: Jason Robertson, 80 points (29G, 51A)
Wildcard Players: Jamie Benn, Chris Tanev and Matt Duchene.
Projected Starting Goaltender: Jake Oettinger

Vegas Golden Knights

2023-24 NHL Season Record: 45 wins – 29 losses – 8 overtime losses, 98 points.
Division Finish: 4th Pacific, 2nd Wildcard.
Highest Scoring Player: Jonathan Marchessault, 69 points (42G, 27A)
Wildcard Players: Adin Hill, Anthony Mantha and Mark Stone.
Projected Starting Goaltender: Adin Hill

Winnipeg Jets vs Colorado Avalanche

Game 1: Avalanche at Jets: Sunday, April 21, 6:00 pm CST.
Game 2: Avalanche at Jets: Tuesday, April 23, 8:30 pm CST.
Game 3: Jets at Avalanche: Friday, April 26, 9:00 pm CST.
Game 4: Jets at Avalanche: Sunday, April 28, 1:30 pm CST.
Game 5*: Avalanche at Jets: TBD
Game 6*: Jets at Avalanche: TBD
Game 7*: Avalanche at Jets: TBD

Winnipeg Jets

2023-24 NHL Season Record: 52 wins – 24 losses – 6 overtime losses, 110 points.
Division Finish: 2nd Central.
Highest Scoring Player: Mark Scheifele, 72 points (25G, 47A)
Wildcard Players: Cole Perfetti, Nikolaj Ehlers and Logan Stanley.
Projected Starting Goaltender: Connor Hellebuyck

Colorado Avalanche

2023-24 NHL Season Record: 50 wins – 25 losses – 7 overtime losses, 107 points.
Division Finish: 3rd Central.
Highest Scoring Player: Nathan Mackinnon, 140 points (51G, 89A)
Wildcard Players: Casey Mittelstadt, Andrew Cogliano and Miles Wood.
Projected Starting Goaltender: Alexandar Georgiev

Vancouver Canucks vs Nashville Predators

Game 1: Predators at Canucks: Sunday, April 21, 9:00 pm CST.
Game 2: Predators at Canucks: Tuesday, April 23, 9:00 pm CST.
Game 3: Canucks at Predators: Friday, April 26, 6:30 pm CST.
Game 4: Canucks at Predators: Sunday, April 28, 4:00 pm CST.
Game 5*: Predators at Canucks: TBD
Game 6*: Canucks at Predators: TBD
Game 7*: Predators at Canucks: TBD

Vancouver Canucks

2023-24 NHL Season Record: 50 wins – 23 losses – 9 overtime losses, 109 points.
Division Finish: 1st Pacific.
Highest Scoring Player: J.T. Miller, 103 points (37G, 66A)
Wildcard Players: Conor Garland, Elias Lindholm and Sam Lafferty.
Projected Starting Goaltender: Thatcher Demko

Nashville Predators

2023-24 NHL Season Record: 47 wins – 30 losses – 5 overtime losses, 99 points.
Division Finish: 4th Central, 1st Wildcard.
Highest Scoring Player: Filip Forsberg, 94 points (48G, 46A)
Wildcard Players: Tommy Novak, Alex Carrier and Colton Sissons.
Projected Starting Goaltender: Juuse Saros

Edmonton Oilers vs Los Angeles Kings

Game 1: Kings at Oilers: Monday, April 22, 9:00 pm CST.
Game 2: Kings at Oilers: Wednesday, April 24, 9:00 pm CST.
Game 3: Oilers at Kings: Friday, April 26, 9:30 pm CST.
Game 4: Oilers at Kings: Sunday, April 28, 9:30 pm CST.
Game 5*: Kings at Oilers: TBD
Game 6*: Oilers at Kings: TBD
Game 7*: Kings at Oilers: TBD

Edmonton Oilers

2023-24 NHL Season Record: 49 wins – 27 losses – 6 overtime losses, 104 points.
Division Finish: 2nd Pacific.
Highest Scoring Player: Connor McDavid, 132 points (32G, 100A)
Wildcard Players: Adam Henrique, Corey Perry, and Stuart Skinner.
Projected Starting Goaltender: Stuart Skinner

Los Angeles Kings

2023-24 NHL Season Record: 44 wins – 27 losses – 11 overtime losses, 99 points.
Division Finish: 3rd Pacific.
Highest Scoring Player: Adrian Kempe, 75 points (28G, 47A)
Wildcard Players: Pierre-Luc Dubois, Trevor Lewis and Arthur Kaliyev.
Projected Starting Goaltender: Cam Talbot

Conrad Jack

Conrad Jack is a lifelong hockey fan who is now actively writing for Inside The Rink covering primarily the Winnipeg Jets and the entire NHL second. He also covers the latest NHL News & Rumors, the NHL Entry Draft, and so much more for Inside The Rink.

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