2021 NHL Playoffs: Stanley Cup playoffs scores, schedule, standings, games, TV channels, times

Hockey fans know that the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs are one of the best postseasons in sports. With the regular season wrapping up, it’s almost that time again to watch teams battle it out for the Stanley Cup.

This season is different from last year, which was different from others in the past due to the coronavirus pandemic. Due to travel restrictions in Canada, the NHL realigned their divisions, with one including just Canadian teams.

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Here’s a breakdown of what the staggered ending of the regular season looks like across the league:

The Central and East divisions have completed their regular seasonsThe West finishes on May 13The North on May 19

The structure of the playoffs is as follows:

The first two rounds take place within the division and the first place team faces the fourth-place team and the second-place team plays the third-place team. The winners then face off in the second round. The four teams that advance to the second round will be re-seeded using regular season point total. The full schedule has not been released, but the Stanley Cup Playoffs will begin on May 15 with Game 1 between the Capitals and Bruins.Stanley Cup Playoffs viewing information

TV: NBCSN, NBC, USAStream: fuboTV (Try for free)Follow: CBS Sports App

All times Eastern(* if necessary)

All 16 playoff spots have been clinched and matchups and seeding are set in three of the four divisions

East Division

No. 1 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 4 New York Islanders

Game 1: Sunday, May 16, 12 p.m. | at PIT | TV: NBCGame 2: Tuesday, May 18, 12 p.m. | at PIT | TV: NBCSNGame 3: Thursday, May 20, 7 p.m. | at NYI | TV: NBCSNGame 4: Saturday, May 22, 3 p.m. | at NYI | TV: NBCGame 5*: Monday, May 24 | at PIT | TBDGame 6*: Wednesday, May 26 | at NYI | TBDGame 7*: Friday, May 28| at PIT | TBD

No. 2 Washington Capitals vs. No. 3 Boston Bruins 

Game 1: Saturday, May 15, 7:15 p.m. | at WAS | TV: NBCGame 2: Monday, May 17, 7:30 p.m. | at WAS | TV: NBCSNGame 3: Wednesday, May 19, 6:30 p.m. | at BOS | TV: NBCSNGame 4: Friday, May 21, 6:30 p.m. | at BOS | TV: NBCSNGame 5*: Sunday, May 23 | at WAS | TBD Game 6*: Tuesday, May 25 |at BOS | TBD Game 7*: Thursday, May 27| at WAS | TBD

Central Division

No.1 Carolina Hurricanes vs. No. 4 Nashville Predators

Game 1: Monday, May 17, 8 p.m. | at CAR | TV: CNBCGame 2: Wednesday, May 19, 8 p.m. | at CAR | TV: CNBCGame 3: Friday, May 21, 7 p.m. | at NSH | TV: USAGame 4: Sunday, May 23 | at NSH | TBDGame 5*: Tuesday, May 25 | at CAR | TBDGame 6*: Thursday, May 27| at NSH | TBDGame 7*: Saturday, May 29 | at CAR | TBD    

No. 2 Florida Panthers vs. No. 3 Tampa Bay Lightning

Game 1: Sunday, May 16, 7:30 p.m. | at FLA | TV: NBCSNGame 2: Tuesday, May 18, 8 p.m. | at FLA | TV: CNBCGame 3: Thursday, May 20, 6:30 p.m. | at TB | TV: USAGame 4: Saturday, May 22, 12:30 p.m. | at TB | TV: CNBCGame 5*: Monday, May 24 | at FLA | TBDGame 6*: Wednesday, May 26 | at TB | TBDGame 7*: Friday, May 28 | at FLA | TBD  

North Division

No. 1 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. No. 4 Montreal Canadiens

Game 1: Thursday, May 20, 7:30 p.m. | at TOR | TV: NHL NetworkGame 2: Saturday, May 22, 7 p.m. | at TOR | TV: NBCSNGame 3: Monday, May 24 | at MON | TBDGame 4: Tuesday, May 25 | at MON | TBDGame 5*: Thursday, May 27 | at TOR | TBDGame 6*: Saturday, May 29 | at MON | TBDGame 7*: Friday, May 28 | at TOR | TBD    

No. 2 Edmonton Oilers vs. No. 3 Winnipeg Jets

Game 1: Wednesday, May 19, 9 p.m. | at EDM | TV: NBCSNGame 2: Friday, May 21, 9 p.m. | at EDM | TV: NBCSNGame 3: Sunday, May 23 | at WPG | TBDGame 4: Monday, May 24| at WPG | TBDGame 5*: Wednesday, May 26| at EDM | TBDGame 6*: Friday, May 28 | at WPG | TBDGame 7*: Sunday, May 30 | at EDM | TBD    

West Division

The top four seeds in the West are still to be decided, but the Vegas Golden Knights, Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues have clinched the four playoff berths in the division. St. Louis is locked into the No. 4 spot and Vegas and Colorado are both still alive for the division title.

Published: 2021-05-13 19:57:51

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