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Preview Hub Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 2023-24

What a treat the 2023-2024 season was. It delivered epic milestones, from Auston Matthews’ 69 goals to Connor McDavid and Nikita Kucherov’s 100 assists. It gave us a heartbreaking Eastern Conference Wildcard race, which was decided in the final days of the season.

And that was just the warm-up.

The biggest tournament in professional sports is back. The 2023-2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin Saturday, April 20. It’s a quick turnaround between the end of the regular season and the start of the postseason, and Daily Faceoff is here to prepare you with comprehensive, in-depth coverage of every series, matchup and storyline.

Our extensive list of stories, features and previews can be found here with links to each, and will be continuously updated over the coming days.

PLAYOFF SCHEDULE ROUND 1 2023-24

The full schedule for Round 1 can be found here – by Colton Davies

PREVIEWS OF THE SERIES ROUND 1 2023-24

Western Conference

(C1) Dallas Stars vs. (WWC2) Vegas Golden Knights – by Steven Ellis
(P1) Vancouver Canucks vs. (WWC1) Nashville Predators – by Mike Gould
(C2) Winnipeg Jets vs. (C3) Colorado Avalanche – by Scott Maxwell
(P2) Edmonton Oilers vs. (P3) Los Angeles Kings – by Mike Gould

Eastern Conference

(M1) New York Rangers vs. (EWC2) Washington Capitals – by Anthony Trudeau
(A1) Florida Panthers vs. (EWC1) Tampa Bay Lightning – by Scott Maxwell
(M2) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (M3) New York Islanders – by Anthony Trudeau
(A2) Boston Bruins vs. (A3) Toronto Maple Leafs – by Matt Larkin

PLAYOFF FANTASY RANKINGS

Matt Larkin’s top 150 players

Brock Seguin’s 250 best players

SPECIAL CHARACTERISTICS

16 Sleepers: A Potential Surprise Hero for Every 2023-2024 Playoff Team – by DFO Staff

An analysis of every goalkeeping match in round 1 – by Steven Ellis

PREDICTIONS

Daily Faceoff Staff Brackets – by DFO Staff

Round 1 Series Picks – by DFO Staff

SEASON 2023-24 OVERVIEW

An audit of our bold predictions for the 2023-2024 NHL season – by Frank Seravalli

10 Burning Questions for the 2023-2024 Non-Playoff Teams – by Frank Seravalli

10 images that define an exciting 2023-2024 NHL season – by Paul Pidutti

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