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NHL playoff games today: Full TV schedule to watch the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, series by series

The qualifying round and round-robin games are now behind us and it’s time to get to the heart-of-the-matter: the official Stanley Cup playoffs.

Aug. 11 begins an almost two-month march to the 2020 Cup champion as the first round kicks off and if it’s anything like the first nine days of the NHL’s return, it’ll be a doozy. Who will advance in 202 is anyone’s guess — because, well, anything is obviously possible. Regardless, it’ll be a wild ride. 

Here’s everything to know about watching NHL playoff games in 2020, including a complete TV schedule with start times and channels for every series.

MORE: Watch NHL playoff games live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

NHL playoff games today

Here’s the full schedule of NHL playoff games for Tuesday, Aug. 11:

Wednesday, Aug. 12

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

Tuesday, Aug. 11 results

Game
Results
Game 1: Lightning vs. Blue Jackets
Lightning 3, Blue Jackets 2 (5OT) (TBL lead 1-0)
Game 1: Stars vs. Flames
Flames 3, Stars 2 (CGY leads 1-0)
Game 1: Bruins vs. Hurricanes
PPD
Game 1: Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks
10:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN, SN, TVAS, fuboTV)

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

How to watch NHL playoff games in USA, Canada

All NHL playoff games will be broadcast to national audiences in the United States and Canada. Depending on your TV provider, you’ll be able to watch games on NBC along with NBCSN, USA Network and the NHL Network.

In Canada, every game through the end of final horn of the Stanley Cup final will be broadcast on Sportsnet or one of its subsidiaries, Sportsnet 1or Sportsnet 360. CBC will also carry the simulcast for games featuring Canadian franchises plus a handful of others.

In addition to TV, you’ll be able to stream games on the NBC Sports app where available (cable subscription required) and the following streaming services:

MORE: Everything to know about the NHL’s bubble cities

NHL live streams

Fans who want to take in games for the remainder of the year and are with or without the cord have a few different options. Bear in mind that blackout restrictions in local markets do apply, and only games through Aug. 5 have been confirmed to this point, with changes coming at the start of the following round.

fuboTV offers a free 7-day trial for new customers, and the streaming service carries every U.S. network that shows NHL postseason games. The montly subscription price is $54.99.Hulu + Live TV is offering a free week for those who haven’t had the service before, before a $54.99 monthly bill rings in. The package includes live sports.If you’re in a market with an NBC Sports regional network, both Sling TV and fuboTV are also viable options which carry NBC Sports RSNs.The NBC Sports app is also an option, but keep in mind out of market games will not be covered. Also, a cable subscription is required.

NHL playoff bracket 2020

NHL playoff bracket 2020

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

Joe Rivera contributed to this article. 

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