NHL Playoff Schedule 2021: Full Bracket, Dates, Instances, TV Channels for Every Collection

After a sprint of 56 games and some delays related to COVID-19, the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs are officially here.

The most heartbreaking, thrilling, and – if you’re a fan of a team in the chase – nerve-wracking playoffs begin on Saturday when the capitals host the Bruins.

This year it looks a little different – if you haven’t already noticed that the capitals and the Bruins go together in the first round. Due to the COVID-19 protocols restricting travel early in the season and the closure of the Canada-US border, teams were divided into one of four divisions. There won’t be a Western Conference or Eastern Conference champion, and the playoffs are structured differently, which we’ll get to in a moment.

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The only thing known this year is that the road to picking up Lord Stanley’s Cup will be long and winding, but the ending will taste so sweet. Who will drink from the sport’s greatest trophy? Only time can tell.

Until then, below is everything you need to know about watching the 2021 NHL Playoffs, including TV shows and live streaming information.

2021 NHL playoffs bracket

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NHL Playoffs 2021: TV channels, live stream

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

The 2021 postseason marks the final year that the NBC network family will broadcast the NHL’s path to the Stanley Cup. Round one games will be shown on the NHL Network and NBC channels in the US, while in Canada games will be shown on FX, FXX, Sportsnets 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 accompanied by a rotating crew of analysts and insiders.

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

STANLEY CUP PREDICTIONS: Sporting News NHL Playoffs for 2021

How will the NHL playoffs work in 2021?

Here’s a quick rundown of how the 2021 postseason will work, with each streak being the best of seven:

  • Four teams from each division reached the Stanley Cup playoffs. The matchups of the first round in each division are No. 1 against No. 4 and No. 2 against No. 3.
  • The first round winners in each division will then compete against each other to determine the division champion.
  • Once the four division winners are crowned, they will meet in the Stanley Cup semi-finals. The sowing for this round is based on the regular season scores.
  • The semi-final winners will meet in the Stanley Cup final.

NHL Playoffs Schedule, Results by Series

(All times east)

First round

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

date Match Time (TV channel) / results
Sun 16 May in Pittsburgh NYI, 4-3 (OT) (NYI leads 1-0)
Tuesday, May 18 in Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Autumn, May 20th in New York 7 p.m. (NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports)
Sat., May 22 in New York 3 p.m. (NBC, SN, TVA Sports)
* Mon., May 24th in Pittsburgh TBD
* Wed., May 26th in New York TBD
* Fri., May 28th in Pittsburgh TBD

(* If necessary)

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East Division: (2) Washington Capitals versus (3) Boston Bruins

date Match Time (TV channel) / results
Sat., May 15th in Washington WSH, 3-2 (OT) (WSH leads 1-0)
Monday 17th May in Washington BOS, 4-3 (OT) (series bound 1-1)
Wednesday 19th May in Boston 6:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNP, SN360, TVA Sports)
Fri., May 21 in Boston 6:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNP, SN360, TVA Sports)
Sun 23 May in Washington 7 p.m. (USA, SN1, TVA Sports)
* Tue., May 25th in Boston TBD
* Thu., May 27th in Washington TBD

(* If necessary)

EAST DIVISION: Predictions, Odds, Breakdowns, Stanley Cup Predictions

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

date Match Time (TV channel) / results
Autumn, May 20th in Toronto 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Sat., May 22 in Toronto 7 p.m. (CNBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports, OMNI)
Monday May 24th in Montreal 7 p.m. (SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Tuesday, May 25th in Montreal TBD
* Thu., May 27th in Toronto TBD
* Sat., May 29th in Montreal TBD
* Monday May 31st in Toronto TBD

(* If necessary)

North Division: (2) Edmonton Oilers versus (3) Winnipeg Jets

date Match Time (TV channel) / results
Wednesday 19th May in Edmonton 9 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Fri., May 21 in Edmonton 9 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Sun 23 May in Winnipeg 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Monday May 24th in Winnipeg 9.45 p.m. (SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
* Wed., May 26th in Edmonton TBD
* Fri., May 28th in Winnipeg TBD
* Sun., May 30th in Edmonton TBD

(* If necessary)

Central Department: (1) Carolina Hurricanes versus (4) Nashville Predators

date Match Time (TV channel) / results
Monday 17th May in Carolina CAR, 5-2 (CAR leads 1-0)
Wednesday 19th May in Carolina 8 p.m. (CNBC, FX-CA, TVA Sports)
Fri., May 21 in Nashville 7 p.m. (USA, FXX-CA, TVA Sports)
Sun 23 May in Nashville 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports)
* Tuesday, May 25th in Carolina TBD
* Thu., May 27th in Nashville TBD
* Sat., May 29th in Carolina TBD

(* If necessary)

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

date Match Time (TV channel) / results
Sun 16 May in Florida TBL, 5-4 (TBL leads 1-0)
Tuesday, May 18 in Florida 8 p.m. (CNBC, SNE, TVA Sports)
Autumn, May 20th in Tampa Bay 6:30 p.m. (USA, FX-CA, TVA Sports)
Sat., May 22 in Tampa Bay 12:30 p.m. (CNBC, SN, TVA Sports)
* Mon., May 24th in Florida TBD
* Wed., May 26th in Tampa Bay TBD
* Fri., May 28th in Florida TBD

(* If necessary)

CENTRAL DEPARTMENT: Predictions, odds, breakdowns, predictions for the Stanley Cup

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

date Match Time (TV channel) / results
Monday 17th May in Colorado COL, 4-1 (COL leads 1-0)
Wednesday 19th May in Colorado 10:30 p.m. (CNBC, SN360, TVA Sports)
Fri., May 21 in St. Louis 9:30 p.m. (USA, SN360, TVA Sports)
Sun 23 May in St. Louis 5 p.m. (NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports)
* Tuesday, May 25th in Colorado TBD
* Thu., May 27th in St. Louis TBD
* Sat., May 29th in Colorado TBD

(* If necessary)

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

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

date Match Time (TV channel) / results
Sun 16 May in Vegas MIN, 1-0 (OT) (MIN leads 1-0)
Tuesday, May 18 in Vegas 10 p.m. (NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports)
Autumn, May 20th in Minnesota 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports)
Sat., May 22 in Minnesota 8 p.m. (NBC, SN360, TVA Sports)
* Mon., May 24th in Vegas TBD
* Wed., May 26th in Minnesota TBD
* Fri., May 28th in Vegas TBD

(* If necessary)

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