NHL playoff games today: Full TV schedule to watch 2021 Stanley Cup playoff games


Oh, baby! The best postseason is officially here.

Sixteen NHL teams will battle it out for the greatest trophy in all of sports: the Stanley Cup. How it’ll all play out is a little different in 2021: the four best teams in each division will face each other (1 vs. 4, 2 vs. 3 in Round 1) and the eventual division champs will meet in the Stanley Cup semifinals. The last two teams standing will then go head-to-head in the Stanley Cup Final.

Here’s everything to know about watching NHL playoff games in 2021, including a complete TV schedule with start times and channels for every series.

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NHL playoff games today

Here’s the full schedule of NHL playoff games for today:

Sunday, May 16

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Islanders at Penguins Noon ET NBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 1: Wild at Golden Knights 3 p.m. ET NBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 1: Lightning at Panthers 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports

Check out SN’s live scoreboard for stats and more.

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NHL playoffs 2021: TV channels, live stream

The 2021 postseason marks the final year NBC’s family of networks will broadcast games on the NHL’s road to the Stanley Cup. First-round games will be shown on NHL Network and across NBC channels in the United States, while in Canada games will be shown on FX, FXX, Sportsnet’s channels and CBC.

In Canada, Chris Cuthbert and Craig Simpson will describe the Maple Leafs-Canadiens series while Harnarayan Singh and Louie DeBrusk will bring fans Oilers-Jets. David Amber and Ron McLean will be the studio anchors and will be joined by a rotating crew of analysts and insiders.

NBC will also employ a rotating crew that will include play-by-play announcers Kenny Albert, John Forslund and Brendan Burke and analysts Eddie Olczyk, AJ Mleczko and Dominic Moore.

NHL playoff bracket 2021

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NHL schedule 2021

The first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs started on Saturday, May 15, and, if it runs the full gamut, will end on Monday, May 31. 

*If necessary

Round 1

Saturday, May 15

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Bruins at Capitals 7:15 p.m. ET NBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Sunday, May 16

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Islanders at Penguins Noon ET NBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 1: Wild at Golden Knights 3 p.m. ET NBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 1: Lightning at Panthers 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports

Monday, May 17

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 2: Bruins at Capitals 7:30 p.m ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 1: Predators at Hurricanes 8 p.m. ET CNBC, SNE, TVA Sports
Game 1: Blues at Avalanche 10 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN1, TVA Sports

Tuesday, May 18

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 2: Islanders at Penguins 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 2: Lightning at Panthers 8 p.m. ET CNBC, SNE, TVA Sports
Game 2: Wild at Golden Knights 10 p.m.ET  NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports

Wednesday, May 19

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Capitals at Bruins 6:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNP, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 2: Predators at Hurricanes 8 p.m. ET CNBC, FX-CA, TVA Sports
Game 1: Jets at Oilers 9 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 2: Blues at Avalanche 10:30 p.m. ET CNBC, SN360, TVA Sports

Thursday, May 20

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Panthers at Lightning 6:30 p.m. ET USA, FX-CA, TVA Sports
Game 3: Penguins at Islanders 7 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 1: Canadiens at Maple Leafs 7:30 p.m. ET NHL Network, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 3: Golden Knights at Wild 9:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sport

Friday, May 21

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Capitals at Bruins 6:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNP, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 3: Hurricanes at Predators 7 p.m. ET USA, FXX-CA, TVA Sports
Game 2: Jets at Oilers 9 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 3: Avalanche at Blues 9:30 p.m. ET USA, SN360, TVA Sports

Saturday, May 22

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Panthers at Lightning 12:30 p.m. ET CNBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 4: Penguins at Islanders 3 p.m. ET NBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 2: Canadiens at Maple Leafs 7 p.m. ET CNBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports, OMNI
Game 4: Golden Knights at Wild 8 p.m. ET NBC, SN360, TVA Sports

Sunday, May 23

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Oilers at Jets TBD TBD
Game 4: Hurricanes at Predators TBD TBD
Game 4: Avalanche at Blues TBD TBD
*Game 5: Bruins at Capitals TBD TBD

Monday, May 24

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Maple Leafs at Canadiens TBD TBD
Game 4: Oilers at Jets TBD TBD
*Game 5: Islanders at Penguins TBD TBD
*Game 5: Lightning at Panthers TBD TBD
*Game 5: Wild at Golden Knights TBD TBD

Tuesday, May 25

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Maple Leafs at Canadiens TBD TBD
*Game 5: Blues at Avalanche TBD TBD
*Game 5: Predators at Hurricanes TBD TBD
*Game 6: Capitals at Bruins TBD TBD

Wednesday, May 26

Matchup Time TV channel
*Game 5: Jets at Oilers TBD TBD
*Game 6: Panthers at Lightning TBD TBD
*Game 6: Golden Knights at Wild TBD TBD
*Game 6: Penguins at Islanders TBD TBD

Thursday, May 27

Matchup Time TV channel
*Game 5: Canadiens at Maple Leafs TBD TBD
*Game 6: Avalanche at Blues TBD TBD
*Game 6: Hurricanes at Predators TBD TBD
*Game 7: Bruins at Capitals TBD TBD

Friday, May 28

Matchup Time TV channel
*Game 6: Oilers at Jets TBD TBD
*Game 7: Lightning at Panthers TBD TBD
*Game 7: Wild at Golden Knights TBD TBD
*Game 7: Islanders at Penguins TBD TBD

Saturday, May 29

Matchup Time TV channel
*Game 6: Maple Leafs at Canadiens TBD TBD
*Game 7: Predators at Hurricanes TBD TBD
*Game 7: Blues at Avalanche TBD TBD

Sunday, May 30

Matchup Time TV channel
*Game 7: Jets at Oilers TBD TBD

Sunday, May 30

Matchup Time TV channel
*Game 7: Canadiens at Maple Leafs TBD TBD





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