NHL Playoff Schedule: First Round Dates, Times & TV Schedule

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The Washington Capitals are expected to vie for a Stanley Cup title this year. (Getty)

The Stanley Cup playoffs have, finally, arrived and we are pretty darn ready to watch the NHL‘s best teams and most talented players vie for the opportunity to lift that trophy above their heads in just a few weeks.

Of course, the favorite to do just that is the Washington Capitals, fresh off one of the most successful regular seasons in recent on-ice history. But let’s not forget the underdogs. They’re what make all of this so fun.

And speaking of fun, you know what else is a good time? Camping out in front of our TVs and watching as any many NHL playoff games as possible. Luckily, we’ve got a first round schedule to make sure we’re able to do just that. Read on for a complete breakdown of each series, including puck drop and TV channels.

Oh, and if you’re not going to be near a TV when your favorite squad takes the ice, we’ve also got live stream options as well. Go ahead and click here to watch the matchups no matter where you are. Happy playoffs!


Wednesday, April 13

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Game 1: Tampa Bay Lightning 3, Detroit Red Wings 2
Game 1: Pittsburgh Penguins 5, New York Rangers 2
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Game 1: St. Louis Blues 1, Chicago Blackhawks 0 OT

Thursday, April 14

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Game 1: Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals, 7 p.m. ET on NBSCSN, CBS, TVAS, CSN-DC, CSN-PH
Game 1: New York Islanders at Florida Panthers, 8 p.m. ET on CNBC, SN, TVAS2, FS-F, MSG+
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Game 1: Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars, 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, SN360, TVAS3, FS-SW, FS-N, FS-WI
Game 1: San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings, 10:30 p.m. ET on CNBC, CBC, TVAS, FS-W, CSN-CA

Friday, April 15

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Game 2: Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7 p.m., CNBC, CBC, TVAS, FS-F, FS-D
Game 2: NY Islanders at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m., NHLN-US, SN360, TVAS3, SUN, MSG+
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Game 2: Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m., NBCSN, SN, TVAS2, FS-MW, CSN-CH
Game 1: Nashville Predators at Anaheim Ducks, 10:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, PRIME, FS-TN

Saturday, April 16

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Game 2: NY Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins, 3 p.m., NBC, CBC, TVAS
Game 2: Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals, 7 p.m., CNBC, CBC, TVAS, CSN-DC, CSN-PH
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Game 2: Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars, 8 p.m., NBCSN, SN, TVAS2, FS-SW, FS-N, FS-WI
Game 2: San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings, 10:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, FS-W, CSN-CA

Sunday, April 17

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Game 3: Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings, 7 p.m., CNBC, CBC, TVAS, FS-D, SUN
Game 3: Florida Panthers at NY Islanders, 8 p.m., NBCSN, SN, TVAS2, MSG+, FS-F
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Game 3: St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks, 3 p.m., NBC, TVAS, SN
Game 2: Nashville Predators at Anaheim Ducks,10:30 p.m.,

Monday, April 18

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Game 3: Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers, 7 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, CSN-PH, CSN-DC
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Game 3: Dallas Stars at Minnesota Wild, 8:30 p.m., CNBC, SN, TVAS2, FS-N, FS-WI, FS-SW
Game 3: Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, CSN-CA

Tuesday, April 19

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Game 4: Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings, 7 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, TVAS2, FS-D, FS-F
Game 3: Pittsburgh Penguins at NY Rangers, 7 p.m., USA, TVAS, SN, MSG, ROOT
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Game 4: St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks, 9:30 p.m., NBCSN, TVAS, SN, CSN-CH, FS-MW
Game 3: Anaheim Ducks at Nashville Predators, 9:30 p.m., USA, SN360, TVAS2, FS-TN

Wednesday, April 20

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Game 4: Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers, 7:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, CSN-PH, CSN-DC
Game 4: Florida Panthers at NY Islanders, 8 p.m., USA, SN, TVAS2, MSG+, SUN
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Game 4: Dallas Stars at Minnesota Wild, 9:30 p.m., NBCSN, SN360, TVAS3, FS-N, FS-WI, FS-SW
Game 4: Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m., USA, CBC, TVAS, CSN-CA

Thursday, April 21

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Game 4: Pittsburgh Penguins at NY Rangers, Time TBD, MSG, ROOT
Game 5*: Detroit Red Wings at TB Lightning
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Game 4: Anaheim Ducks at Nashville Predators, 8 p.m., TV TBD
Game 5*: Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues

Friday, April 22

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Game 5*: Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals
Game 5*: NY Islanders at Florida Panthers
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Game 5*: Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars
Game 5*: San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings

Saturday, April 23

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Game 5*: NY Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Game 6*: St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks
Game 5*: Nashville Predators at Anaheim Ducks*

Sunday, April 24

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Game 6*: Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers
Game 6*: Florida Panthers at NY Islander
Game 6*: Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings
Western Conference Quarterfinals

Game 6*: Dallas Stars at Minnesota Wild
Game 6*: Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks

Monday, April 25

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Game 6*: Pittsburgh Penguins at NY Rangers
Western Conference Quarterfinals

Game 7*: Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues
Game 6*: Anaheim Ducks at Nashville Predators

Tuesday, April 26

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Game 7*: NY Islanders at Florida Panthers
Game 7*: Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning
Western Conference Quarterfinals

Game 7*: Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars
Game 7*: San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings

Wednesday, April 27

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Game 7*: Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals
Game 7*: NY Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins
Western Conference Quarterfinals

Game 7*: Nashville Predators at Anaheim Ducks


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