NHL 2020 Playoffs: Viewing Schedule And TV Guide


NHL 2020 Playoffs: Viewing Schedule And TV Guide

The NHL heads to the playoffs after a successful regular season run. Despite the pandemic and a four-month-long hiatus, the league is back in full force. The original 24 teams in the postseason who battled it out in round-robin and elimination qualifying rounds are now down to 16. The playoffs will determine the final seedings and the deserving teams in the grand finals.

Eight teams have been eliminated prior to the playoffs. The Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Florida Panthers, Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators, Minnesota Wild, Winnipeg Jets, and Toronto Maple Leafs are now out of the season.

The remaining teams play the next stages of the tournament in Toronto and Edmonton, the two Canadian hub cities this season. All games go live on NBCSN, NBC, USA, NHL Network, and CNBC. The bracket and schedule for the first round of games in the playoffs can be found below:

First Round

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Philadelphia Flyers leads No. 8 Montreal Canadiens, 3-1

Game 1: Flyers 2, Canadiens 1
Game 2: Canadiens 5, Flyers 0
Game 3: Flyers 1, Canadiens 0
Game 4: Flyers 2, Canadiens 0
Game 5: Wednesday, August 19, 8 p.m., Montreal at Philadelphia | TV: NBCSN
*Game 6: Friday, August 21, TBD, Montreal vs Philadelphia | TBD
*Game 7: Sunday, August 23, TBD, Montreal at Philadelphia | TBD
No. 2 Tampa Bay Lightning lead No. 7 Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-1

Game 1: Lightning 3, Blue Jackets 2 (5OT)
Game 2: Blue Jackets 3, Lightning 1
Game 3: Lightning 3, Blue Jackets 2
Game 4: Lightning 2, Blue Jackets 1
Game 5: Wednesday, August 19, 12 p.m., Columbus at Tampa Bay | TV: NBCSN
*Game 6: Friday, August 21, TBD, Columbus vs Tampa Bay | TBD
*Game 7: Saturday, August 22, TBD, Columbus at Tampa Bay | TBD
No. 6 New York Islanders lead No. 3 Washington Capitals, 3-1

Game 1: Islanders 4, Capitals 2
Game 2: Islanders 5, Capitals 2
Game 3: Islanders 2, Capitals 1
Game 4: Capitals 3, Islanders 2
*Game 5: Thursday, August 20, TBD, New York at Washington | TBD
*Game 6: Saturday, August 22, TBD, New York vs Washington | TBD
*Game 7: Sunday, August 23, TBD, New York at Washington | TBD
No. 4 Boston Bruins lead No. 5 Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1

Game 1: Bruins 4, Hurricanes 3 (2OT)
Game 2: Hurricanes 3, Bruins 2
Game 3: Bruins 3, Hurricanes 1
Game 4: Bruins 4, Hurricanes 3
Game 5: Wednesday, August 19, 4 p.m., Carolina at Boston | TV: NBCSN
*Game 6: Thursday, August 20, TBD, Carolina vs Boston | TBD
*Game 7: Sunday, August 23, TBD, Carolina at Boston | TBD

Western Conference

No. 1 Vegas Golden Knights beat No. 8. Chicago Blackhawks, 4-1

Game 1: Golden Knights 4, Blackhawks 1
Game 2: Golden Knights 4, Blackhawks 3 (OT)
Game 3: Golden Knights 2, Blackhawks 1
Game 4: Blackhawks 3, Golden Knights 1
Game 5: Golden Knights 4, Blackhawks 3
No. 2 Colorado Avalanche lead No. 7 Arizona Coyotes, 3-1

Game 1: Avalanche 3, Coyotes 0
Game 2: Avalanche 3, Coyotes 2
Game 3: Coyotes 4, Avalanche 2
Game 4: Avalanche 7, Coyotes 1
Game 5: Wednesday, August 19, 5:30 p.m., Arizona at Colorado | TV: NHL Network
*Game 6: Friday, August 21, TBD, Arizona vs Colorado | TBD
*Game 7: Sunday, August 23, TBD, Arizona at Colorado | TBD
No. 3 Dallas Stars lead No. 6 Calgary Flames, 3-2

Game 1: Flames 3, Stars 2
Game 2: Stars 5, Flames 4
Game 3: Flames 2, Stars 0
Game 4: Stars 5, Flames 4 (OT)
Game 5: Stars 2, Flames 1
Game 6: Thursday, August 20, TBD, Calgary vs Dallas | TBD
*Game 7: Saturday, August 22, TBD, Calgary at Dallas | TBD
No. 5. Vancouver Canucks tied with No. 4 St. Louis Blues, 2-2

Game 1: Canucks 5, Blues 2
Game 2: Canucks 4, Blues 3 (OT)
Game 3: Blues 3, Canucks 2 (OT)
Game 4: Blues 3, Canucks 1
*Game 5: Wednesday, August 19, 10:30 p.m., Vancouver at St. Louis | TV: NBCSN
*Game 6: Friday, August 21, TBD, Vancouver vs St. Louis | TBD
*Game 7: Sunday, August 23, TBD, Vancouver at St. Louis | TBD

Qualifying Round Results

Eastern Conference

No. 9 Columbus Blue Jackets beat No. 8 Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2
No. 7 New York Islanders beat No. 10 Florida Panthers, 3-1
No. 6 Carolina Hurricanes beat No. 11 New York Rangers, 3-0
No. 12 Montreal Canadiens beat No. 5 Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-1

Western Conference

No. 8 Calgary Flames beat No. 9 Winnipeg Jets, 3-1
No. 7 Vancouver Canucks beat No. 10 Minnesota Wild, 3-1
No. 11 Arizona Coyotes beat No. 6 Nashville Predators, 3-1
No. 12 Chicago Blackhawks lead No. 5 Edmonton Oilers, 3-1