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Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round schedule

First of eight best-of-7 series starts Saturday; North Division to begin May 19

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Here are the series-by-series schedules for the first round of the 2020-21 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Stanley Cup First Round will consist of eight best-of-7 series, all played within the four divisions: MassMutual East, Discover Central, Honda West and Scotia North.

The first game of the playoffs will be Saturday when the No. 2 seed Washington Capitals host the No 3 seed Boston Bruins in the East. The Central schedule begins Sunday when the No. 2 Florida Panthers host the No. 3 Tampa Bay Lightning. The North Division playoffs begin May 19 when the No. 2 seed Edmonton Oilers host the No. 3 seed Winnipeg Jets.

In the West Division, the No. 1 seed Colorado Avalanche, winners of the Presidents' Trophy, will face the No. 4 seed St. Louis Blues. The Vegas Golden Knights, the No. 2 seed, will play the No. 3 seed Minnesota Wild.

All times listed are ET and subject to change.

 

MASSMUTUAL EAST DIVISION

 

Pittsburgh Penguins (1) vs. New York Islanders (4)

Sunday, May 16, Noon: Islanders at Penguins | NBC, SN, TVAS

Tuesday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.: Islanders at Penguins | NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVAS

Thursday, May 20, 7 p.m.: Penguins at Islanders | NBCSN, SN360, TVAS

Saturday, May 22, 3 p.m.: Penguins at Islanders | NBC, SN, TVAS

*Monday, May 24, TBD: Islanders at Penguins | TBD

*Wednesday, May 26, TBD: Penguins at Islanders | TBD

*Friday, May 28, TBD: Islanders at Penguins | TBD

 

Washington Capitals (2) vs. Boston Bruins (3)

Saturday, May 15, 7:15 p.m.: Bruins at Capitals | NBC, SN, CBC, TVAS

Monday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.: Bruins at Capitals | NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVAS

Wednesday, May 19, 6:30 p.m.: Capitals at Bruins | NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNP, SN360, TVAS

Friday, May 21, 6:30 p.m.: Capitals at Bruins | NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNP, SN360, TVAS

*Sunday, May 23, TBD: Bruins at Capitals | TBD

*Tuesday, May 25, TBD: Capitals at Bruins | TBD

*Thursday, May 27, TBD: Bruins at Capitals | TBD

 

DISCOVER CENTRAL DIVISION

 

Carolina Hurricanes (1) vs. Nashvillle Predators (4)

Monday, May 17, 8 p.m.: Predators at Hurricanes | CNBC, SNE, TVAS

Wednesday, May 19, 8 p.m.: Predators at Hurricanes | CNBC, FX-CA, TVAS

Friday, May 21, 7 p.m.: Hurricanes at Predators | USA, FXX-CA, TVAS

Sunday, May 23, TBD: Hurricanes at Predators | TBD

*Tuesday, May 25, TBD: Predators at Hurricanes | TBD

*Thursday, May 27, TBD: Hurricanes at Predators | TBD

*Saturday, May 29, TBD: Predators at Hurricanes | TBD

 

Florida Panthers (2) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (3)

Sunday, May 16, 7:30 p.m.: Lightning at Panthers | NBCSN, SN, TVAS

Tuesday, May 18, 8 p.m.: Lightning at Panthers | CNBC, SNE, TVAS

Thursday, May 20, 6:30 p.m.: Panthers at Lightning | USA, FX-CA, TVAS

Saturday, May 22, 12:30 p.m.: Panthers at Lightning | CNBC, SN, TVAS

*Monday, May 24, TBD: Lightning at Panthers | TBD

*Wednesday, May 26, TBD: Panthers at Lightning | TBD

*Friday, May 28, TBD: Lightning at Panthers | TBD

 

HONDA WEST DIVISION

 

Colorado Avalanche (1) vs. St. Louis Blues (4)

Monday, May 17, 10 p.m.: Blues at Avalanche | NBCSN, SN1, TVAS

Wednesday, May 19, 10:30 p.m.: Blues at Avalanche | CNBC, SN360, TVAS

Friday, May 21, 9:30 p.m.: Avalanche at Blues | USA, SN360, TVAS

Sunday, May 23, TBD: Avalanche at Blues | TBD

*Tuesday, May 25, TBD: Blues at Avalanche | TBD

*Thursday, May 27, TBD: Avalanche at Blues | TBD

*Saturday, May 29, TBD: Blues at Avalanche | TBD

 

Vegas Golden Knights (2) vs. Minnesota Wild (3)

Sunday, May 16, 3 p.m.: Wild at Golden Knights | NBC, SN, TVAS

Tuesday, May 18, 10 p.m.: Wild at Golden Knights | NBCSN, SN360, TVAS

Thursday, May 20, 9:30 p.m.: Golden Knights at Wild | NBCSN, SN360, TVAS

Saturday, May 22, 8 p.m.: Golden Knights at Wild | NBC, SN360, TVAS

*Monday, May 24, TBD: Wild at Golden Knights | TBD

*Wednesday, May 26, TBD: Golden Knights at Wild | TBD

*Friday, May 28, TBD: Wild at Golden Knights | TBD

 

SCOTIA NORTH DIVISION

 

Toronto Maple Leafs (1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (4)

Thursday, May 20, 7:30 p.m.: Canadiens at Maple Leafs | NHLN, SN, CBC, TVAS

Saturday, May 22, 7 p.m.: Canadiens at Maple Leafs | CNBC, SN, CBC, TVAS

Monday, May 24, TBD: Maple Leafs at Canadiens | TBD

Tuesday, May 25, TBD: Maple Leafs at Canadiens | TBD

*Thursday, May 27, TBD: Canadiens at Maple Leafs | TBD

*Saturday, May 29, TBD: Maple Leafs at Canadiens | TBD

*Monday, May 31, TBD: Canadiens at Maple Leafs | TBD

 

Edmonton Oilers (2) vs. Winnipeg Jets (3)

Wednesday, May 19, 9 p.m.: Jets at Oilers | NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVAS

Friday, May 21, 9 p.m.: Jets at Oilers | NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVAS

Sunday, May 23, TBD: Oilers at Jets | TBD

Monday, May 24, TBD: Oilers at Jets | TBD

*Wednesday, May 26, TBD: Jets at Oilers | TBD

*Friday, May 28, TBD: Oilers at Jets | TBD

*Sunday, May 30, TBD: Jets at Oilers | TBD

 

* if necessary
TBD - To Be Determined

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