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NHL playoff bracket 2020: Updated TV schedule, scores, results for the Stanley Cup playoffs

It’s official. Sixteen teams are set to hit the ice between Toronto and Edmonton as the Stanley Cup playoffs begin with first-round action.

But who will skate away with Lord Stanley’s Cup at the end is anyone’s guess because, well, 2020. 

The Blackhawks and Canadiens were the 23rd and 24th teams, respectively, in the league standings when the season had to pause due to the pandemic and now they’ll face off against the Golden Knights and Flyers in the first round. Not to mention neither Vegas nor Philadelphia won the Presidents’ Trophy or led their conference way back on March 12, when the regular season paused. Those two teams, the Bruins and Blues, are heading into the playoffs as No. 4 seeds.

The NHL playoffs begin Aug. 11 with the opening match-up featuring a re-match of the 2019 first round series that saw the upstart Blue Jackets ousting the Presidents’ Trophy-winning (and 62 win squad) Lightning in a sweep. If some series go the distance, there could be five Game 7s on the final day of the first round on Aug. 23.

Below you’ll find everything to know about watching the 2020 NHL playoffs, including series-by-series TV schedules and live-streaming information.

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NHL playoff bracket 2020

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NHL scores & results

All times Eastern

Eastern Conference

Philadelphia Flyers (1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (8)

Game
Date
Time
TV channel
Score
1
Wed., Aug. 12
8 p.m.
NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
PHI, 2-1 (PHI leads 1-0)
2
Fri., Aug. 14
3 p.m.
NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
MTL, 5-0 (Series tied 1-1)
3
Sun., Aug. 16
8 p.m.
NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS
 
4
Tues., Aug. 18
3 p.m.
NBCSN
 
*5
Wed., Aug. 19
TBD
TBD
 
*6
Fri., Aug. 21
TBD
TBD
 
*7
Sun., Aug. 23
TBD
TBD
 

Tampa Bay Lightning (2) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (7)

Game
Date
Time
TV channel
Score
1
Tues., Aug. 11
3 p.m.
NBCSN, SN, TVAS
TBL, 3-2 (5OT) (TBL leads 1-0)
2
Thurs., Aug. 13
3 p.m.
NBCSN, SN, TVAS
CBJ, 3-1 (Series tied 1-1)
3
Sat., Aug. 15
7:30 p.m.
NBCSN, SN360, TVAS
 
4
Mon., Aug. 17
3 p.m.
NBCSN, SN, TVAS
 
*5
Wed., Aug. 19
TBD
TBD
 
*6
Fri., Aug. 21
TBD
TBD
 
*7
Sat., Aug. 22
TBD
TBD
 

Washington Capitals (3) vs. New York Islanders (6)

Game
Date
Time
TV channel
Score
1
Wed., Aug. 12
3 p.m.
NBCSN, SN, TVAS
NYI, 4-2 (NYI leads 1-0)
2
Fri., Aug. 14
8 p.m.
NBCSN, FX-CA, TVAS
NYI, 5-2 (NYI leads 2-0)
3
Sun., Aug. 16
12 p.m.
USA, SN360, TVAS
 
4
Tues., Aug. 18
8 p.m.
NBCSN
 
*5
Thurs., Aug. 20
TBD
TBD
 
*6
Sat., Aug. 22
TBD
TBD
 
*7
Sun., Aug. 23
TBD
TBD
 

Boston Bruins (4) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (5)

Game
Date
Time
TV channel
Score
1
Tues., Aug. 12
11 a.m.
NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
BOS, 4-3 (2OT) (BOS leads 1-0)
2
Thurs., Aug. 13
8 p.m.
NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
CAR, 3-2 (Series tied 1-1)
3
Sat., Aug. 15
12 p.m.
NBCSN, SN, TVAS
 
4
Mon., Aug. 17
8 p.m.
NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
 
*5
Wed., Aug. 19
TBD
TBD
 
*6
Thurs., Aug. 20
TBD
TBD
 
*7
Sun., Aug. 23
TBD
TBD
 

Western Conference

Vegas Golden Knights (1) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (8)

Game
Date
Time
TV channel
Score
1
Tues., Aug. 11
10:30 p.m.
NBCSN, SN, TVAS
VGK, 4-1 (VGK leads 1-0)
2
Thurs., Aug. 13
5:30 p.m.
NBCSN, SN360, TVAS
VGK, 4-3 (OT) (VGK leads 2-0)
3
Sat., Aug. 15
8 p.m.
NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
 
4
Sun., Aug. 16
6:30 p.m.
NBCSN, SN1, SN360, TVAS
 
*5
Tues., Aug. 18
TBD
TBD
 
*6
Thurs., Aug. 20
TBD
TBD
 
*7
Sat., Aug. 22
TBD
TBD
 

Colorado Avalanche (2) vs. Arizona Coyotes (7)

Game
Date
Time
TV channel
Score
1
Wed., Aug. 12
5:30 p.m.
NBCSN, SN360, TVAS
COL, 3-0 (COL leads 1-0)
2
Fri., Aug. 14
2 p.m.
NHLN, SN360, TVAS
COL, 3-2 (COL leads 2-0)
3
Sat., Aug. 15
3 p.m.
CNBC, SN360, TVAS
 
4
Mon., Aug. 17
5:30 p.m.
NBCSN, FX-CA, TVAS
 
*5
Wed., Aug. 19
TBD
TBD
 
*6
Fri., Aug. 21
TBD
TBD
 
*7
Sun., Aug. 23
TBD
TBD
 

Dallas Stars (3) vs. Calgary Flames (6)

Game
Date
Time
TV channel
Score
1
Tues., Aug. 11
5:30 p.m.
NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
CGY, 3-2 (CGY leads 1-0)
2
Thurs., Aug. 13
10:30 p.m.
NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
DAL, 5-4 (Series tied 1-1)
3
Fri., Aug. 14
10:30 p.m.
NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
CGY, 2-0 (CGY leads 2-1)
4
Sun., Aug. 16
2 p.m.
NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
 
*5
Tues., Aug. 18
TBD
TBD
 
*6
Thurs., Aug. 20
TBD
TBD
 
*7
Sat., Aug. 22
TBD
TBD
 

St. Louis Blues (4) vs. Vancouver Canucks (5)

Game
Date
Time
TV channel
Score
1
Wed., Aug. 12
10:30 p.m.
NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
VAN, 5-2 (VAN leads 1-0)
2
Fri., Aug. 14
6:30 p.m.
NHLN, SN, TVAS
VAN, 4-3 (OT) (VAN leads 2-0)
3
Sun., Aug. 16
10:30 p.m.
CNBC, SN, TVAS
 
4
Mon., Aug. 17
10:30 p.m.
NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
 
*5
Wed., Aug. 19
TBD
TBD
 
*6
Fri., Aug. 21
TBD
TBD
 
*7
Sun., Aug. 23
TBD
TBD
 

How do the NHL playoffs work?

The NHL held a “qualifying round” in each conference before the official start of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs. The top four seeds in each conference each earned automatic playoff berths, leaving the 5-12 seeds in each conference to face off in best-of-five series to determine the remaining spots in the playoff bracket.

Meanwhile, the top four seeds participated in a round-robin tournament to determine their seeding for Round 1 with the Flyers and Avalanche securing the No. 1 seeds in their respective conferences. 

Now that the playoff bracket is set, each series will be a best-of-seven format from the first round through the Stanley Cup Final, as is customary. The only major difference is teams from both conferences will re-seed after each round, rather than the division-specific seeds in recent years.

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NHL schedule 2020

The first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs starts Tuesday, Aug. 11 with series ending no later than Sunday, Aug. 23 if Game 7s are necessary. Round 2 would begin Aug. 24 followed by the conference finals, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 8 depending on the second round outcomes.

The Stanley Cup Final is scheduled to begin Sept. 22 and be completed no later than Oct. 4.

Round 1

Tuesday, Aug. 11

Matchup
Time
TV channel
Game 1: Blue Jackets vs. Lightning
3 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN
Game 1: Flames vs. Stars
5:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN
Game 1: Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights
10:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN

Wednesday, Aug. 12

Matchup
Time
TV channel
Game 1: Hurricanes vs. Bruins
11 a.m. ET
NBCSN, SN
Game 1: Islanders vs. Capitals
3 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN
Game 1: Coyotes vs. Avalanche
5:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN
Game 1: Canadiens vs. Flyers
8 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 1: Canucks vs. Blues
10:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN, CBC

Thursday, Aug. 13

Matchup
Time
TV channel
Game 2: Blue Jackets vs. Lightning
3 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN
Game 2: Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights
5:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN360
Game 2: Hurricanes vs. Bruins
8 p.m. ET
NBSCN, SN, CBC
Game 2: Flames vs. Stars
10:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN, CBC

Friday, Aug. 14

Matchup
Time
TV channel
Game 2: Coyotes vs. Avalanche
2 p.m. ET
NHLN, SN, CBC
Game 2: Canadiens vs. Flyers
3 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 2: Canucks vs. Blues
6:30 p.m. ET
NHLN, SN
Game 2: Islanders vs. Capitals
8 p.m. ET
NBCSN, FX-CA
Game 3: Stars vs. Flames
10:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN, CBC

Saturday, Aug. 15

Matchup
Time
TV channel
Game 3: Bruins vs. Hurricanes
Noon ET
NBC, SN
Game 3: Avalanche vs. Coyotes
3 p.m. ET
CNBC, SN360
Game 3: Lightning vs. Blue Jackets
7:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN360
Game 3: Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks
8 p.m. ET
NBC, SN, CBC

Sunday, Aug. 16

Matchup
Time
TV channel
Game 3: Capitals vs. Islanders
Noon ET
USA, SN360
Game 4: Stars vs. Flames
2 p.m. ET
CNBC, SN, CBC
Game 4: Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks
6:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN1
Game 3: Flyers vs. Canadiens
8 p.m. ET
NBC, SN, CBC
Game 3: Blues vs. Canucks
10:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN

Monday, Aug. 17

Matchup
Time
TV channel
Game 4: Lightning vs. Blue Jackets
3 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN
Game 4: Avalanche vs. Coyotes
5:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, FX-CA
Game 4: Bruins vs. Hurricanes
8 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 4: Blues vs. Canucks
10:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN, CBC

Tuesday, Aug. 18

Matchup
Time
TV channel
*Game 5: Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights
TBD
TBD
*Game 5: Flames vs. Stars
TBD
TBD
Game 4: Flyers vs. Canadiens
3 p.m. ET
NBCSN
Game 4: Capitals vs. Islanders
8 p.m. ET
NBCSN

Wednesday, Aug. 19

Matchup
Time
TV channel
*Game 5: Canadiens vs. Flyers
TBD
TBD
*Game 5: Blue Jackets vs. Lightning
TBD
TBD
*Game 5: Hurricanes vs. Bruins
TBD
TBD
*Game 5: Coyotes vs. Avalanche
TBD
TBD
*Game 5: Canucks vs. Blues
TBD
TBD

Thursday, Aug. 20

Matchup
Time
TV channel
*Game 5: Islanders vs. Capitals
TBD
TBD
*Game 6: Bruins vs. Hurricanes
TBD
TBD
*Game 6: Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks
TBD
TBD
*Game 6: Stars vs. Flames
TBD
TBD

Friday, Aug. 21

Matchup
Time
TV channel
*Game 6: Flyers vs. Canadiens
TBD
TBD
*Game 6: Lightning vs. Blue Jackets
TBD
TBD
*Game 6: Avalanche vs. Coyotes
TBD
TBD
*Game 6: Blues vs. Canucks
TBD
TBD

Saturday, Aug. 22

Matchup
Time
TV channel
*Game 7: Bue Jackets vs. Lightning
TBD
TBD
*Game 6: Capitals vs. Islanders
TBD
TBD
*Game 7: Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights
TBD
TBD
*Game 7: Flames vs. Stars
TBD
TBD

Sunday, Aug. 23

Matchup
Time
TV channel
*Game 7: Canadiens vs. Flyers
TBD
TBD
*Game 7: Islanders vs. Capitals
TBD
TBD
*Game 7: Hurricanes vs. Bruins
TBD
TBD
*Game 7: Coyotes vs. Avalanche
TBD
TBD
*Game 7: Canucks vs. Blues
TBD
TBD

Round 2: Aug. 24

Conference finals: Sept. 8 (tentative)

Stanley Cup Final: Sept. 22 (tentative)

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