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NHL playoffs start Saturday; Capitals, Bruins up first

Field Level Media
14 May 2021, 04:40 GMT+10

The NHL announced game times for the eight first-round series of the 2020-21 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Thursday, even as two pairings remain to be set.

The series, all best-of-seven, will be played within the four divisions, with the No. 1 seeds in each taking on No. 4, and the No. 2 and 3 seeds facing off.

The playoffs start Saturday with East No. 2 Washington Capitals hosting the No. 3 Boston Bruins. In the Central, the No. 2 Florida Panthers will be the home team against the No. 3 Tampa Bay Lightning, the defending Stanley Cup champions, on Sunday.

Opening-round action in the North will begin next Wednesday when the No. 2 Edmonton Oilers host the No. 3 Winnipeg Jets.

Still to be determined is the order of finish in the West. The Minnesota Wild are locked in at No. 3, with the St. Louis Blues at No. 4. The Vegas Golden Knights lead the division entering play Thursday, but the Colorado Avalanche will be the top seed if they beat the Los Angeles Kings in their season finale Thursday night.

The full schedule:

EAST DIVISION

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

Sunday, May 16, noon.: Islanders at Penguins

Tuesday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.: Islanders at Penguins

Thursday, May 20, 7 p.m.: Penguins at Islanders

Saturday, May 22, 3 p.m.: Penguins at Islanders

Monday, May 24, TBD: Islanders at Penguins

Wednesday, May 26, TBD: Penguins at Islanders

Friday, May 28, TBD: Islanders at Penguins

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

Saturday, May 15, 7:15 p.m.: Bruins at Capitals

Monday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.: Bruins at Capitals

Wednesday, May 19, 6:30 p.m.: Capitals at Bruins

Friday, May 21, 6:30 p.m.: Capitals at Bruins

Sunday, May 23, TBD: Bruins at Capitals

Tuesday, May 25, TBD: Capitals at Bruins

Thursday, May 27, TBD: Bruins at Capitals

-- if necessary

CENTRAL DIVISION

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

Monday, May 17, 8 p.m.: Predators at Hurricanes

Wednesday, May 19, 8 p.m.: Predators at Hurricanes

Friday, May 21, 7 p.m.: Hurricanes at Predators

Sunday, May 23, TBD: Hurricanes at Predators

Tuesday, May 25, TBD: Predators at Hurricanes

Thursday, May 27, TBD: Hurricanes at Predators

Saturday, May 29, TBD: Predators at Hurricanes

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

Sunday, May 16, 7:30 p.m.: Lightning at Panthers

Tuesday, May 18, 8 p.m.: Lightning at Panthers

Thursday, May 20, 6:30 p.m.: Panthers at Lightning

Saturday, May 22, 12:30 p.m.: Panthers at Lightning

Monday, May 24, TBD: Lightning at Panthers

Wednesday, May 26, TBD: Panthers at Lightning

Friday, May 28, TBD: Lightning at Panthers

-- if necessary

WEST DIVISION

Colorado Avalanche/Vegas Golden Knights (1) vs. St. Louis Blues (4)

Monday, May 17, 10 p.m.: Blues at Avalanche/Golden Knights

Wednesday, May 19, 10:30 p.m.: Blues at Avalanche/Golden Knights

Friday, May 21, 9:30 p.m.: Avalanche/Golden Knights at Blues

Sunday, May 23, TBD: Avalanche/Golden Knights at Blues

Tuesday, May 25, TBD: Blues at Avalanche/Golden Knights

Thursday, May 27, TBD: Avalanche/Golden Knights at Blues

Saturday, May 29, TBD: Blues at Avalanche/Golden Knights

Colorado Avalanche/Vegas Golden Knights (2) vs. Minnesota Wild (3)

Sunday, May 16, 3 p.m.: Wild at Avalanche/Golden Knights

Tuesday, May 18, 10 p.m.: Wild at Avalanche/Golden Knights

Thursday, May 20, 9:30 p.m.: Avalanche/Golden Knights at Wild

Saturday, May 22, 8 p.m.: Avalanche/Golden Knights at Wild

Monday, May 24, TBD: Wild at Avalanche/Golden Knights

Wednesday, May 26, TBD: Avalanche/Golden Knights at Wild

Friday, May 28, TBD: Wild at Avalanche/Golden Knights

-- if necessary

NORTH DIVISION

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

Thursday, May 20, 7:30 p.m.: Canadiens at Maple Leafs

Saturday, May 22, 7 p.m.: Canadiens at Maple Leafs

Monday, May 24, TBD: Maple Leafs at Canadiens

Tuesday, May 25, TBD: Maple Leafs at Canadiens

Thursday, May 27, TBD: Canadiens at Maple Leafs

Saturday, May 29, TBD: Maple Leafs at Canadiens

Monday, May 31, TBD: Canadiens at Maple Leafs

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

Wednesday, May 19, 9 p.m.: Jets at Oilers

Friday, May 21, 9 p.m.: Jets at Oilers

Sunday, May 23, TBD: Oilers at Jets

Monday, May 24, TBD: Oilers at Jets

Wednesday, May 26, TBD: Jets at Oilers

Friday, May 28, TBD: Oilers at Jets

Sunday, May 30, TBD: Jets at Oilers

-- if necessary

--Field Level Media

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