NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Schedule 2018: Dates, TV Channel, Live Stream For First Round

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The 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs begin Wednesday, thus kicking off an intense, two-month grind where the last team standing hoists the best trophy in all of sports.

This year’s postseason features several exciting first-round matchups between rival clubs, highlighted by the Boston Bruins taking on the Toronto Maple Leafs and the two-time defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins battling the Philadelphia Flyers.

Here’s the complete schedule for every first-round series in the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs. All times ET, and * denotes if necessary. A live stream for each game can be found on NBC Sports’ website (USA viewers).

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Tampa Bay Lightning (A1) vs. New Jersey Devils (WC2)
Game 1: Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m.: Devils at Lightning on NHL Network, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Game 2: Saturday, April 14 at 3 p.m.: Devils at Lightning on NBC, CNBC, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 3: Monday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.: Lightning at Devils on CNBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 4: Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.: Lightning at Devils on GOLF, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Game 5*: Saturday, April 21 at TBD: Devils at Lightning on TBD
Game 6*: Monday, April 23 at TBD: Lightning at Devils on TBD
Game 7*: Wednesday, April 25 at TBD: Devils at Lightning on TBD

Boston Bruins (A2) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (A3)
Game 1: Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m.: Leafs at Bruins on NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 2: Saturday, April 14 at 8 p.m.: Leafs at Bruins on NBC, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 3: Monday, April 16 at 7 p.m.: Bruins at Leafs on CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN
Game 4: Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m.: Bruins at Maple Leafs on CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN*
Game 5*: Saturday, April 21 at TBD: Leafs at Bruins on TBD
Game 6*: Monday, April 23 at TBD: Bruins at Leafs on TBD
Game 7*: Wednesday, April 25, TBD: Leafs at Bruins on TBD

Washington Capitals (M1) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (WC1)
Game 1: Thursday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.: Blue Jackets at Capitals on USA, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 2: Sunday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m.: Blue Jackets at Capitals on NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 3: Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m.: Capitals at Blue Jackets on NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 4: Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.: Capitals at Blue Jackets on USA, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Game 5*: Saturday, April 21 at TBD: Blue Jackets at Capitals on TBD
Game 6*: Monday, April 23 at TBD: Capitals at Blue Jackets on TBD
Game 7*: Wednesday, April 25 at TBD: Blue Jackets at Capitals on TBD

Pittsburgh Penguins (M2) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (M3)
Game 1: Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m.: Flyers at Penguins on NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 2: Friday, April 13 at 7 p.m.: Flyers at Penguins on NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 3: Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m.: Penguins at Flyers on NBC, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 4: Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m.: Penguins at Flyers on NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 5*: Friday, April 20 at TBD: Flyers at Penguins on TBD
Game 6*: Sunday, April 22 at TBD: Penguins at Flyers on TBD
Game 7*: Tuesday, April 24 at TBD: Flyers at Penguins on TBD

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Nashville Predators (C1) vs. Colorado Avalanche (WC2)
Game 1: Thursday, April 12 at 9:30 p.m.: Avalanche at Predators on NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Game 2: Saturday, April 14 at 3 p.m.: Avalanche at Predators on NBC, CNBC, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Game 3: Monday, April 16 at 10 p.m.: Predators at Avalanche on NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Game 4: Wednesday, April 18 at 10 p.m.: Predators at Avalanche on NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Game 5*: Friday, April 20 at TBD: Avalanche at Predators on TBD
Game 6*: Sunday, April 22 at TBD: Predators at Avalanche on TBD
Game 7*: Tuesday, April 24 at TBD: Avalanche at Predators on TBD

Winnipeg Jets (C2) vs. Minnesota Wild (C3)
Game 1: Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m.: Wild at Jets on Sportsnet, TVA Sports, CNBC
Game 2: Friday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.: Wild at Jets on Sportsnet, TVA Sports, USA
Game 3: Sunday, April 15 at 7 p.m.: Jets at Wild on USA, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Game 4: Tuesday, April 17 at 8 p.m.: Jets at Wild on CNBC, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Game 5*: Friday, April 20 at TBD: Wild at Jets on TBD
Game 6*: Sunday, April 22 at TBD: Jets at Wild on TBD
Game 7*: Wednesday, April 25 at TBD: Wild at Jets on TBD

Vegas Golden Knights (P1) vs. Los Angeles Kings (WC1)
Game 1: Wednesday, April 11 at 10 p.m.: Kings at Golden Knights on NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 2: Friday, April 13 at 10 p.m.: Kings at Golden Knights on NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 3: Sunday, April 15 at 10:30 p.m.: Golden Knights at Kings on NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 4: Tuesday, April 17 at 10:30 p.m.: Golden Knights at Kings on NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 5*: Thursday, April 19 at 10 p.m.: Kings at Golden Knights on NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 6*: Saturday, April 21 at TBD: Golden Knights at Kings on TBD
Game 7*: Monday, April 23 at TBD: Kings at Golden Knights on TBD

Anaheim Ducks (P2) vs. San Jose Sharks (P3)
Game 1: Thursday, April 12 at 10:30 p.m.: Sharks at Ducks on USA, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 2: Saturday, April 14 at 10:30 p.m.: Sharks at Ducks on NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 3: Monday, April 16 at 10:30 p.m.: Ducks at Sharks on CNBC, SN1, TVA Sports
Game 4: Wednesday, April 18 at 10:30 p.m.: Ducks at Sharks on GOLF, SN1, TVA Sports
Game 5*: Friday, April 20 at TBD: Sharks at Ducks on TBD
Game 6*: Sunday, April 22 at TBD: Ducks at Sharks on TBD
Game 7*: Tuesday, April 24 at TBD: Sharks at Ducks on TBD

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