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Sports NHL playoffs schedule 2021: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for every series

09:55  17 may  2021
09:55  17 may  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Here's everything you'll need to know about watching the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs , including series -by- series TV schedules and live streaming information for every game. First-round games will be shown on NHL Network and across NBC channels in the United, 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.

Here's everything you'll need to know about watching the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs , including series -by- series TV schedules and live streaming information for every game. First-round games will be shown on NHL Network and across NBC channels in the United, 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.

After a 56-game sprint and a few COVID-19-related delays, the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs are officially here.

The most heart-stopping, enthralling and — if you're a fan of a team in the chase — nerve-wracking playoffs will begin Saturday when the Capitals host the Bruins.

Things are a little different this year — if you didn't already notice from the Capitals and the Bruins matching up in the first round. Because of COVID-19 protocols limiting travel at the beginning of the season and the closure of the Canada-U.S. border, teams were slotted into one of four divisions. There will not be a Western Conference or Eastern Conference champion and the playoffs are structured differently, which we'll delve into in a bit.

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The 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs will begin Saturday with the Washington Capitals hosting the Boston Bruins. The NHL dropped the full first-round schedule Thursday featuring the potential matchups in each of the four divisions: Frank Seravalli @frank_seravalli. #Stanley Cup East and Central schedule #StanleyCup West and North schedule . pic.twitter.com/dnxrP2VKIo. The regular season was originally supposed to end May 8, but the NHL announced last month that the North Division would continue to play through May 19 to accommodate games missed because of the COVID-19 outbreak

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. 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.

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The one familiar thing this year is that the road to lifting Lord Stanley's Cup will be a long and winding one but the end will taste oh, so sweet. Who will be the ones to drink from sports' greatest trophy? Only time will tell.

Until then, below you'll find everything to know about watching the 2021 NHL playoffs, including series-by-series TV schedules and live streaming information.

2021 NHL playoffs bracket

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NHL playoffs 2021: TV channels, live stream

  • TV (U.S.): NBC, NBCSN, USA, CNBC, NHLN
  • TV (Canada): Sportsnet, Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360, CBC, FX, FXX and OMNI
  • Stream (U.S.): NBC Sports.com | fuboTV (free trial)
  • Stream (Canada): SN Now, SN NOW+, NHL Live
  • Playoff results: SN Scoreboard

The 2021 postseason marks the final year NBC's family of networks will broadcast 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.

NHL playoffs schedule 2021: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for every series

  NHL playoffs schedule 2021: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for every series Here's everything you'll need to know about watching the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs, including series-by-series TV schedules and live streaming information for every game.The most heart-stopping, enthralling and — if you're a fan of a team in the chase — nerve-wracking playoffs will begin Saturday when the Capitals host the Bruins.

Stanley Cup Playoffs : Bracket , start date , schedule . It'll only be the fourth ever playoff series between the coastal foes and the first since Washington bested Boston in the first round in 2012. Joel Ward's overtime game-winner in Game 7 in TD Garden was one of the most memorable moments in team history to that point. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak that ran through the Vancouver Canucks organization and postponed eight of their games, the NHL announced in mid-April that the regular season would now end on May 16, eight days later than originally planned.

The 2021 NHL Playoffs are set to begin. Here’s everything you need to know about the bracket and how to watch the league 's new postseason format. How many teams make the 2021 NHL playoffs ? With the NHL having temporarily realigned its divisions this season to ease travel during the pandemic, the playoffs will have a different format. The 56-game regular season featured four divisions: the East, Central and West divisions, which had eight teams each, and the North division, which included the league 's seven Canadian teams.

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.

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How will the NHL playoffs work in 2021?

Here's a quick overview of how the 2021 postseason will work, with every series being a best of seven:

  • Four teams from each division advanced to the Stanley Cup playoffs. First-round matchups will be No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in each division.
  • The first-round winners in each division will then face off to determine the division champion.
  • Once the four division winners are crowned, they'll meet in the Stanley Cup semifinals. Seeding for this round will be based on regular-season point totals.
  • The semifinal winners will meet in the Stanley Cup Final.

NHL playoffs schedule, results by series

(All times Eastern)

NHL playoffs bracket 2021: North Division series predictions, odds, breakdowns, Stanley Cup predictions

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The 2021 NHL Playoffs begin on Saturday, May 15, when the Boston Bruins host the Washington Capitals in the first game of their first round series at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Fans can watch every NHL Playoff game for free via a trial of fuboTV . Here is the schedule for each NHL Playoffs series : Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders. Sunday, May 16 : Islanders at Penguins, 12 p.m. ET (NBC).

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First round

East Division: (1) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (4) New York Islanders

Date Matchup Time (TV channel)/Results
Sun., May 16 at Pittsburgh NYI, 4-3 (OT) (NYI leads 1-0)
Tue., May 18 at Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Thu., May 20 at New York 7 p.m. (NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports)
Sat., May 22 at New York 3 p.m. (NBC, SN, TVA Sports)
*Mon., May 24 at Pittsburgh TBD
*Wed., May 26 at New York TBD
*Fri., May 28 at Pittsburgh TBD

(* If necessary)

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East Division: (2) Washington Capitals vs. (3) Boston Bruins

Date Matchup Time (TV channel)/Results
Sat., May 15 at Washington WSH, 3-2 (OT) (WSH leads 1-0)
Mon., May 17 at Washington 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Wed., May 19 at Boston 6:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNP, SN360, TVA Sports)
Fri., May 21 at Boston 6:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNP, SN360, TVA Sports)
*Sun., May 23 at Washington TBD
*Tue., May 25 at Boston TBD
*Thu., May 27 at Washington TBD

(* If necessary)

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EAST DIVISION: Predictions, odds, breakdowns, Stanley Cup predictions

North Division: (1) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (4) Montreal Canadiens

Date Matchup Time (TV channel)/Results
Thu., May 20 at Toronto 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Sat., May 22 at Toronto 7 p.m. (CNBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports, OMNI)
Mon., May 24 at Montreal TBD
Tue., May 25 at Montreal TBD
*Thu., May 27 at Toronto TBD
*Sat., May 29 at Montreal TBD
*Mon., May 31 at Toronto TBD

(* If necessary)

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North Division: (2) Edmonton Oilers vs. (3) Winnipeg Jets

Date Matchup Time (TV channel)/Results
Wed., May 19 at Edmonton 9 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Fri., May 21 at Edmonton 9 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Sun., May 23 at Winnipeg TBD
Mon., May 24 at Winnipeg TBD
*Wed., May 26 at Edmonton TBD
*Fri., May 28 at Winnipeg TBD
*Sun., May 30 at Edmonton TBD

(* If necessary)

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Central Division: (1) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (4) Nashville Predators

Date Matchup Time (TV channel)/Results
Mon., May 17 at Carolina 8 p.m. (CNBC, SNE, TVA Sports)
Wed., May 19 at Carolina 8 p.m. (CNBC, FX-CA, TVA Sports)
Fri., May 21 at Nashville 7 p.m. (USA, FXX-CA, TVA Sports)
Sun., May 23 at Nashville TBD
*Tue., May 25 at Carolina TBD
*Thu., May 27 at Nashville TBD
*Sat., May 29 at Carolina TBD

(* If necessary)

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Central Division: (2) Florida Panthers vs. (3) Tampa Bay Lightning

Date Matchup Time (TV channel)/Results
Sun., May 16 at Florida TBL, 5-4 (TBL leads 1-0)
Tue., May 18 at Florida 8 p.m. (CNBC, SNE, TVA Sports)
Thu., May 20 at Tampa Bay 6:30 p.m. (USA, FX-CA, TVA Sports)
Sat., May 22 at Tampa Bay 12:30 p.m. (CNBC, SN, TVA Sports)
*Mon., May 24 at Florida TBD
*Wed., May 26 at Tampa Bay TBD
*Fri., May 28 at Florida TBD

(* If necessary)

CENTRAL DIVISION: Predictions, odds, breakdowns, Stanley Cup predictions

West Division: (1) Colorado Avalanche vs. (4) St. Louis Blues

Date Matchup Time (TV channel)/Results
Mon., May 17 at Colorado 10 p.m. (NBCSN, SN1, TVA Sports)
Wed., May 19 at Colorado 10:30 p.m. (CNBC, SN360, TVA Sports)
Fri., May 21 at St. Louis 9:30 p.m. (USA, SN360, TVA Sports)
Sun., May 23 at St. Louis TBD
*Tue., May 25 at Colorado TBD
*Thu., May 27 at St. Louis TBD
*Sat., May 29 at Colorado TBD

(* If necessary)

West Division: (2) Vegas Golden Knights vs. (3) Minnesota Wild

Date Matchup Time (TV channel)/Results
Sun., May 16 at Vegas MIN, 1-0 (OT) (MIN leads 1-0)
Tue., May 18 at Vegas 10 p.m. (NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports)
Thu., May 20 at Minnesota 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports)
Sat., May 22 at Minnesota 8 p.m. (NBC, SN360, TVA Sports)
*Mon., May 24 at Vegas TBD
*Wed., May 26 at Minnesota TBD
*Fri., May 28 at Vegas TBD

(* If necessary)

WEST DIVISION: Predictions, odds, breakdowns, Stanley Cup predictions

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