NHL playoffs 2018: Bracket, first-round schedule, dates, TV times

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P.Okay. Subban, Sidney Crosby, Marc-Andre Fleury (Getty Photographs)

The first-round schedule of the 2018 NHL playoffs is about.

This yr’s chase for the Stanley Cup begins Wednesday, April eleven, with three collection openers. The 2-time defending champion Penguins host the cross-state rival Flyers to start out their quest for a 3-peat in earnest, and the enlargement Golden Knights play their first playoff recreation in franchise historical past.

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On Thursday, April 12, the remaining 5 collection get underneath approach, highlighted by the Predators and Lightning, two heavy Cup favorites and the prime seeds of their respective conferences.

Spherical 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs might final a full 14 days; potential Recreation 7s are scheduled for April 25.

Under is an entire schedule of dates, times, broadcast and streaming info for every playoff staff. Will probably be up to date all through the postseason.

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Japanese Convention Western Convention Stanley Cup

NHL playoff bracket

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First-spherical NHL playoff schedule, TV times

(All times Japanese; * If crucial)

Japanese Convention

Recreation 1: Lighting 5, Devils 2
Recreation 2: April 14 at Tampa Bay, three p.m. (NBC, SN360, fuboTV)
Recreation three: April sixteen at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. (CNBC, SN, fuboTV)
Recreation four: April 18 at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. (Golf Channel, SN, fuboTV)
*Recreation 5: April 21 at Tampa Bay, TBD
*Recreation 6: April 23 at New Jersey, TBD
*Recreation 7: April 25 at Tampa Bay, TBD

Recreation 1: Bruins 5, Maple Leafs 1
Recreation 2: April 14 at Boston, 7 p.m. (NBC, CBC, fuboTV)
Recreation three: April sixteen at Toronto, 7 p.m. (NBCSN, CBC, fuboTV)
Recreation four: April 19 at Toronto, 7 p.m. (NBCSN, CBC, fuboTV)
*Recreation 5: April 21 at Boston, TBD
*Recreation 6: April 23 at Toronto, TBD
*Recreation 7: April 25 at Boston, TBD

Recreation 1: Blue Jackets four, Capitals three (OT)
Recreation 2: April 15 at Washington, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SN360, fuboTV)
Recreation three: April 17 at Columbus, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SN360, fuboTV)
Recreation four: April 19 at Columbus, 7:30 p.m. (USA, SN, fuboTV)
*Recreation 5: April 21 at Washington, TBD
*Recreation 6: April 23 at Columbus, TBD
*Recreation 7: April 25 at Washington, TBD

Recreation 1: Penguins 7, Flyers zero
Recreation 2: Flyers 5, Penguins 1
Recreation three: April 15 at Philadelphia, three p.m. (NBC, CBC, fuboTV)
Recreation four: April 18 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (NBCSN, CBC, fuboTV)
*Recreation 5: April 20 at Pittsburgh, TBD
*Recreation 6: April 22 at Philadelphia, TBD
*Recreation 7: April 24 at Pittsburgh, TBD

Western Convention

Recreation 1: Predators 5, Avalanche 2
Recreation 2: April 14 at Nashville, three p.m. (NBC, SN, fuboTV)
Recreation three: April sixteen at Colorado, 10 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, fuboTV)
Recreation four: April 18 at Colorado, 10 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, fuboTV)
*Recreation 5: April 20 at Nashville, TBD
*Recreation 6: April 22 at Colorado, TBD
*Recreation 7: April 24 at Nashville, TBD

Recreation 1: Jets three, Wild 2
Recreation 2: Jets four, Wild 1
Recreation three: April 15 at Minnesota, 7 p.m. (USA, SN, fuboTV)
Recreation four: April 17 at Minnesota, eight p.m. (CNBC, SN, fuboTV)
*Recreation 5: April 20 at Winnipeg, TBD
*Recreation 6: April 22 at Minnesota, TBD
*Recreation 7: April 25 at Winnipeg, TBD

Recreation 1: Golden Knights 1, Kings zero
Recreation 2: April thirteen at Vegas, 10 p.m. (NBCSN, CBC, fuboTV)
Recreation three: April 15 at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN, CBC, fuboTV)
Recreation four: April 17 at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN, CBC, fuboTV)
*Recreation 5: April 19 at Vegas, 10 p.m. (NBCSN, CBC, fuboTV)
*Recreation 6: April 21 at Los Angeles, TBD
*Recreation 7: April 23 at Vegas, TBD

Recreation 1: Sharks three, Geese zero
Recreation 2: April 14 at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SN360, fuboTV)
Recreation three: April sixteen at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. (CNBC, SN1, fuboTV)
Recreation four: April 18 at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. (Golf Channel, SN1, fuboTV)
*Recreation 5: April 20 at Anaheim, TBD
*Recreation 6: April 22 at San Jose, TBD
*Recreation 7: April 24 at Anaheim, TBD