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NHL Playoff Bracket 2020: Up to date TV Schedule, Scores and Outcomes for the Stanley Cup Playoffs

It is official. Sixteen teams will land on the ice between Toronto and Edmonton as the Stanley Cup playoffs begin with round one action.

But who will run away with Lord Stanley’s Cup in the end is unclear, because 2020.

The Blackhawks and Canadiens were the 23rd and 24th teams respectively in the league placement when the season was sidelined due to the pandemic, and now they face the Golden Knights and Flyers in the first round. Not to mention, neither Vegas nor Philadelphia won the Presidents’ Trophy or rolled back their conference on March 12th when the regular season was on hold. These two teams, the Bruins and Blues, enter the playoffs as number 4.

The NHL playoffs begin on August 11 with the opening game with another 2019 round one game, in which the up-and-coming Blue Jackets ousted the Presidents’ Trophy-winning (and 62-win) Blitz in one go. If some series go the distance, there could be five Game 7s on the last day of the first round on August 23rd.

Below is everything you need to know about watching the 2020 NHL Playoffs, including TV shows and live streaming information.

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NHL playoff bracket 2020

NHL playoff bracket 2020

NHL results & results

Eastern Conference

Philadelphia Flyers (1) v Montreal Canadiens (8)

game
date
time
TV channel
Result
1
Wed., August 12
8 p.m. ET
NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

2
Friday, August 14th
3 pm. ET
NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

3
Sunday, August 16
8 p.m. ET
NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS

4th
Tuesday, August 18th
3 pm. ET
NBCSN

* 5
Wednesday 19th August
TBD
TBD

* 6
Fri., August 21
TBD
TBD

* 7
Sun 23 August
TBD
TBD

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

game
date
time
TV channel
Result
1
Tuesday 11th August
3 pm. ET
NBCSN, SN, TVAS
TBL, 3-2 (5OT) (TBL leads 1-0)
2
Thursday August 13th
3 pm. ET
NBCSN, SN, TVAS

3
Saturday, August 15th
7:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN360, TVAS

4th
Monday 17th August
3 pm. ET
NBCSN, SN, TVAS

* 5
Wednesday 19th August
TBD
TBD

* 6
Fri., August 21
TBD
TBD

* 7
Sat., August 22
TBD
TBD

Washington Capitals (3) versus New York Islanders (6)

game
date
time
TV channel
Result
1
Wed., August 12
3 pm. ET
NBCSN, SN, TVAS

2
Friday, August 14th
8 p.m. ET
NBCSN, FX-CA, TVAS

3
Sunday, August 16
12 p.m. ET
USA, SN360, TVAS

4th
Tuesday, August 18th
8 p.m. ET
NBCSN

* 5
Thursday 20th August
TBD
TBD

* 6
Sat., August 22
TBD
TBD

* 7
Sun 23 August
TBD
TBD

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

game
date
time
TV channel
Result
1
Tuesday, August 12th
11 p.m. ET
NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
BOS, 4-3 (2OT) (BOS leads 1-0)
2
Thursday August 13th
8 p.m. ET
NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

3
Saturday, August 15th
12 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN, TVAS

4th
Monday 17th August
8 p.m. ET
NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

* 5
Wednesday 19th August
TBD
TBD

* 6
Thursday 20th August
TBD
TBD

* 7
Sun 23 August
TBD
TBD

Western Conference

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

game
date
time
TV channel
Result
1
Tuesday 11th August
10:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN, TVAS

2
Thursday August 13th
5:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN360, TVAS

3
Saturday, August 15th
8 p.m. ET
NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

4th
Sunday, August 16
6:30 in the evening. ET
NBCSN, SN1, SN360, TVAS

* 5
Tuesday, August 18th
TBD
TBD

* 6
Thursday 20th August
TBD
TBD

* 7
Sat., August 22
TBD
TBD

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

game
date
time
TV channel
Result
1
Wed., August 12
5:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN360, TVAS

2
Friday, August 14th
2 p.m. ET
NHLN, SN360, TVAS

3
Saturday, August 15th
3 pm.
CNBC, SN360, TVAS

4th
Monday 17th August
17:30
NBCSN, FX-CA, TVAS

* 5
Wednesday 19th August
TBD
TBD

* 6
Fri., August 21
TBD
TBD

* 7
Sun 23 August
TBD
TBD

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

game
date
time
TV channel
Result
1
Tuesday 11th August
5:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
CGY, 3-2 (CGY leads 1-0)
2
Thursday August 13th
10:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

3
Friday, August 14th
10:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

4th
Sunday, August 16
2 p.m. ET
NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

* 5
Tuesday, August 18th
TBD
TBD

* 6
Thursday 20th August
TBD
TBD

* 7
Sat., August 22
TBD
TBD

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

game
date
time
TV channel
Result
1
Wed., August 12
10:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

2
Friday, August 14th
6:30 in the evening. ET
NHLN, SN, TVAS

3
Sunday, August 16
10:30 p.m. ET
CNBC, SN, TVAS

4th
Monday 17th August
10:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

* 5
Wednesday 19th August
TBD
TBD

* 6
Fri., August 21
TBD
TBD

* 7
Sun 23 August
TBD
TBD

How do the NHL playoffs work?

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

In the meantime, the top four seeds took part in a round robin tournament to determine their sowing for round 1. The Flyers and Avalanche secured the No. 1 seeds in their respective conferences.

After the playoff bracket is established, each series from the first round to the Stanley Cup final will be a best-of-seven format as usual. The only big difference is that the teams from both conferences are re-seeded after each round and not the department-specific seeds from previous years.

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NHL schedule 2020

The first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs begins Tuesday, August 11th. The series will end no later than Sunday 23 August if game 7 is required. The second round begins on August 24th, followed by the conference finale, which is expected to take place on September 8th, depending on the results of the second round.

The Stanley Cup final is scheduled to begin on September 22nd and be completed by October 4th at the latest.

Round 1

Tuesday 11th August

Match
time
TV channel
Game 1: Blue Jackets vs. Lightning
3 pm. ET
NBCSN, SN
Game 1: flames against stars
5:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN
Game 1: Blackhawks versus Golden Knights
10:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN

Wednesday August 12th

Match
time
TV channel
Match 1: Hurricanes vs. Bruins
11 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN
Game 1: Islanders versus capital cities
3 pm. ET
NBCSN, SN
Match 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 August 13th

Match
time
TV channel
Game 2: Blue Jackets vs. Lightning
3 pm. ET
NBCSN, SN
Game 2: Blackhawks versus Golden Knights
5:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN360
Game 2: Hurricanes vs. Bruins
8 p.m. ET
NBSCN, SN, CBC
Game 2: flames against stars
10:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN, CBC

Friday August 14th

Match
time
TV channel
Match 2: Coyotes vs. Avalanche
2 p.m. ET
NHLN, SN, CBC
Game 2: Canadiens vs. Flyers
3 pm. ET
NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 2: Canucks vs. blues
6:30 in the evening. ET
NHLN, SN
Game 2: Islanders versus capital cities
8 p.m. ET
NBCSN, FX-CA
Game 3: stars against flames
10:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN, CBC

Saturday 15th August

Match
time
TV channel
Match 3: Bruins vs. Hurricanes
Noon ET
NBC, SN
Match 3: Avalanche vs. Coyotes
3 pm. ET
CNBC, SN360
Game 3: lightning against blue jackets
7:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN360
Game 3: Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks
8 p.m. ET
NBC, SN, CBC

Sunday August 16

Match
time
TV channel
Game 3: capital cities versus islanders
Noon ET
USA, SN360
Game 4: stars against flames
2 p.m. ET
CNBC, SN, CBC
Game 4: Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks
6:30 in the evening. ET
NBCSN, SN1
Game 3: Flyer versus Canadiens
8 p.m. ET
NBC, SN, CBC
Game 3: Blues vs. Canucks
10:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, SN

Monday 17th August

Match
time
TV channel
Game 4: lightning against blue jackets
3 pm. ET
NBCSN, SN
Game 4: avalanche against coyotes
5:30 p.m. ET
NBCSN, FX-CA
Match 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, August 18th

Match
time
TV channel
* Game 5: Blackhawks versus Golden Knights
TBD
TBD
* Game 5: Flames Against Stars
TBD
TBD
Game 4: Flyer versus Canadiens
3 pm. ET
NBCSN
Game 4: capitals versus islanders
8 p.m. ET
NBCSN

Wednesday 19th August

Match
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 20th August

Match
time
TV channel
* Game 5: Islanders versus capital cities
TBD
TBD
* Game 6: Bruins vs. Hurricanes
TBD
TBD
* Game 6: Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks
TBD
TBD
* Game 6: Stars against Flames
TBD
TBD

Friday 21st August

Match
time
TV channel
* Game 6: Flyers vs. Canadians
TBD
TBD
* Game 6: lightning against blue jackets
TBD
TBD
* Game 6: Avalanche vs. Coyotes
TBD
TBD
* Game 6: Blues vs. Canucks
TBD
TBD

Saturday 22nd August

Match
time
TV channel
* Game 7: Bue Jackets vs. Lightning
TBD
TBD
* Game 6: capital cities versus islanders
TBD
TBD
* Game 7: Blackhawks versus Golden Knights
TBD
TBD
* Game 7: Flames Against Stars
TBD
TBD

Sunday 23rd August

Match
time
TV channel
* Game 7: Canadiens vs. Flyers
TBD
TBD
* Game 7: Islanders versus capital cities
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: August 24th

Conference finals: September 8 (provisional)

Stanley Cup Final: September 22nd (provisional)

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