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NHL playoff field set as Stars clinch, eliminating Golden Knights

NHL Playoffs

DALLAS, TX - APRIL 27: Jani Hakanpaa #2, Esa Lindell #23, Jamie Benn #14 and the Dallas Stars celebrates a goal against the Arizona Coyotes at the American Airlines Center on April 27, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

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The NHL’s 16-team field for the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs is officially set.

The Dallas Stars secured the final playoff spot in the Western Conference by earning a point in their 4-3 overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes. That point also eliminated the Vegas Golden Knights from playoff contention who were 4-3 shootout losers to the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.

Entering play the Golden Knights not only needed to beat Chicago, they needed Dallas to lose to Arizona in regulation to keep its playoff hopes alive. Neither outcome happened.

Not only did Vegas lose, but Dallas also gained the single point it needed despite allowing a 3-0 third period lead to slip away. The Stars may not be totally happy with the way they clinched, but they are in in the playoffs and that is all that matters at the moment.

[NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2022 schedule, TV info]

The playoff teams in each conference are as follows:

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

Florida Panthers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Tampa Bay Lightning
Boston Bruins

Metropolitan Division

Carolina Hurricanes
New York Rangers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Washington Capitals

Western Conference

Central Division

Colorado Avalanche
Minnesota Wild
St. Louis Blues
Nashville Predators
Dallas Stars

Pacific Division

Calgary Flames
Edmonton Oilers
Los Angeles Kings

At this point only a handful of the actual playoff matchups are set. We know who the division champions are (Florida, Carolina, Colorado, Calgary), a handful of the 2-3 matchups (Minnesota vs. St. Louis in the Central; Edmonton vs. Los Angeles in the Pacific), and that New York and Toronto will have home-ice advantage in their First Round matchups.

[NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2022 schedule, TV info]