When Does The Regular Hockey Season End? [Expert Guide!]

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The regular season in hockey ends when one of two things happen: the playoffs begin, or there are no more than two games left in the regular season. As most hockey fans know, the regular season in the National Hockey League is typically divided into two parts. The first part is typically played in the winter, and the second part is played in the spring. This season, the regular season will end on April 13.

The Playoffs Begin

When the regular season in the NHL ends, and the playoffs begin, it’s important to keep in mind a few things. First, the postseason is more competitive than the regular season. Second, teams are usually better rested, and will have more time to prepare for the playoffs. And last but not least, there are more games, and probably more important, more meaningful games, in the postseason than in the regular season. Last year’s playoffs were epic, and this year promises to be no different. Let’s take a look at some of the dates for this year’s playoffs:

Divisional Playoffs

The first round of the playoffs is typically played within each division. The Eastern Conference playoffs will begin on April 14, and the Western Conference playoffs will begin on April 18. In the Eastern Conference, the Pittsburgh Penguins will play the New York Islanders, the Columbus Blue Jackets will play the Ottawa Senators, the New York Rangers will play the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Boston Bruins will play the Buffalo Sabres. In the Western Conference, the Blackhawks will play the Los Angeles Kings, the Calgary Flames will play the Colorado Avalanche, the Anaheim Ducks will play the St. Louis Blues, and the Vegas Golden Knights will play the San Jose Sharks.

Conference Championships

Next up are the conference championships. These games are played at the end of the season, and determine which team will play for the Stanley Cup in the final. The Pacific Division champions will face the Atlantic Division champions in the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals. The conference champions will be determined on April 25, along with the exact schedule for the remainder of the playoffs. If you want to keep up with all the action, you can find all the dates, times, and TV information for the entire playoff run right here.

Stanley Cup Finals

Finally, the Stanley Cup Finals. These are the matchup of the 2018–19 NHL season between the champion Penguins and the champion Kings. The series will begin on May 1, and will be played in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. The last game of the series will be on May 6, and will determine the 2019 Stanley Cup champion. We’ll have to wait and see if the Penguins can defend their title, or if the Kings can bring home the hardware for the first time in 35 years.

I hope this helps you keep track of all the major dates and information for the NHL this season. Remember to follow the links for more information, and keep reading the great articles on this website! See you in the next hockey season.

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