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NHL announces TV schedule for qualifying round series, round-robin games

The NHL announced TV channels for the first three games of qualifying round series. We’ve got the full rundown.

A general view of a camera man filming the game between the Los Angeles Kings and the Vancouver Canucks at the GM Place Arena taken on March 28, 2006 in Vancouver,British Columbia. Photo by: Kim Stallknecht/Getty Images

The NHL kicks off its 2020 playoffs on August 1st when the league drops the puck for its qualifying round. 16 teams are competing for the 5th through 8 seeds in each conference, and the top four in each conference are playing a round-robin to finalize the top four seeds.

The league announced the dates and times for each series last week, and this week, they released broadcast information for watching the games in the United States and Canada. The schedule below lists TV channel information for the first three games in each series and the opening portion of the round-robin. The rest is TBD as we figure out which end up necessary.

The schedule is a packed one in the two hub cities, with hockey running all day starting at noon ET in Toronto. The puck drops for the final game each night at 10:30 p.m. in Edmonton. We get over 12 hours per day of playoff-level hockey for the first part of August, and it’s going to be a wild ride.

The NBC networking will broadcast hockey across its slate of channels in the United States. We’ll see games on NBC, NBCSN, and USA Network, and then also on NHL Network, NHL.TV, and NHL Center Ice. In Canada, Sportsnet, CBC, and TVA Sports will broadcast the daily slates.

Here is the complete schedule. We’ll update the TBD games as more information comes available.

NHL playoffs qualifying round TV schedule

Gm Day Date Visitor Home Eastern Ntwk Ntwk Ntwk NHL.TV/NHL Center Ice
Gm Day Date Visitor Home Eastern Ntwk Ntwk Ntwk NHL.TV/NHL Center Ice
1 Sat. 1-Aug NY Rangers Carolina 12:00 PM NBCSN SN, SN360 TVAS NHL.TV, NHL Center Ice
1 Sat. 1-Aug Chicago Edmonton 3:00 PM NBC SN - -
1 Sat. 1-Aug Florida NY Islanders 4:00 PM NBCSN SN1 TVAS NHL.TV, NHL Center Ice
1 Sat. 1-Aug Montreal Pittsburgh 8:00 PM NBC CBC, SN TVAS -
1 Sat. 1-Aug Winnipeg Calgary 10:30 PM NBCSN CBC, SN - NHL.TV, NHL Center Ice
1 Sun. 2-Aug Arizona Nashville 2:00 PM USA SN360 - NHL.TV, NHL Center Ice
RR-1 Sun. 2-Aug Philadelphia Boston 3:00 PM NBC SN TVAS -
RR-1 Sun. 2-Aug St. Louis Colorado 6:30 PM NBCSN SN360 TVAS2 NHL.TV, NHL Center Ice
1 Sun. 2-Aug Columbus Toronto 8:00 PM NHLN SN TVAS -
1 Sun. 2-Aug Minnesota Vancouver 10:30 PM NBCSN SN - NHL.TV, NHL Center Ice
2 Mon. 3-Aug NY Rangers Carolina 12:00 PM NBCSN SN, SN360 TVAS NHL.TV, NHL Center Ice
2 Mon. 3-Aug Winnipeg Calgary 2:30 PM NHLN SN - NHL.TV, NHL Center Ice
RR-1 Mon. 3-Aug Washington Tampa Bay 4:00 PM NBCSN SN360 TVAS NHL.TV, NHL Center Ice
RR-1 Mon. 3-Aug Dallas Vegas 6:30 PM NHLN SN1 - NHL.TV, NHL Center Ice
2 Mon. 3-Aug Montreal Pittsburgh 8:00 PM NBCSN SN TVAS -
2 Mon. 3-Aug Chicago Edmonton 10:30 PM NBCSN SN - NHL.TV, NHL Center Ice
2 Tue. 4-Aug Florida NY Islanders 12:00 PM NBCSN SN TVAS NHL.TV, NHL Center Ice
2 Tue. 4-Aug Arizona Nashville 2:30 PM NHLN SN1, SN360 - NHL.TV, NHL Center Ice
2 Tue. 4-Aug Columbus Toronto 4:00 PM NBCSN SN TVAS NHL.TV, NHL Center Ice
3 Tue. 4-Aug Calgary Winnipeg 6:45 PM NHLN SN - NHL.TV, NHL Center Ice
3 Tue. 4-Aug Carolina NY Rangers 8:00 PM NBCSN SN360 TVAS -
2 Tue. 4-Aug Minnesota Vancouver 10:45 PM USA SN - NHL.TV, NHL Center Ice
3 Wed. 5-Aug NY Islanders Florida 12:00 PM NBCSN SN TVAS NHL.TV, NHL Center Ice
3 Wed. 5-Aug Nashville Arizona 2:30 PM NHLN SN360 - NHL.TV, NHL Center Ice
RR-2 Wed. 5-Aug Tampa Bay Boston 4:00 PM NBCSN SN TVAS NHL.TV, NHL Center Ice
RR-2 Wed. 5-Aug Colorado Dallas 6:30 PM NHLN FX - NHL.TV, NHL Center Ice
3 Wed. 5-Aug Pittsburgh Montreal 8:00 PM NBCSN SN TVAS -
3 Wed. 5-Aug Edmonton Chicago 10:30 PM NBCSN SN - NHL.TV, NHL Center Ice
*4 Thu. 6-Aug Carolina NY Rangers TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
*4 Thu. 6-Aug Calgary Winnipeg TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
RR-2 Thu. 6-Aug Washington Philadelphia TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
RR-2 Thu. 6-Aug Vegas St. Louis TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
3 Thu. 6-Aug Toronto Columbus TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
3 Thu. 6-Aug Vancouver Minnesota TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
*4 Fri. 7-Aug NY Islanders Florida TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
*4 Fri. 7-Aug Nashville Arizona TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
*4 Fri. 7-Aug Pittsburgh Montreal TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
*4 Fri. 7-Aug Edmonton Chicago TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
*4 Fri. 7-Aug Toronto Columbus TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
*4 Fri. 7-Aug Vancouver Minnesota TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
*5 Sat. 8-Aug NY Rangers Carolina TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
*5 Sat. 8-Aug Winnipeg Calgary TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
RR-3 Sat. 8-Aug Philadelphia Tampa Bay TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
RR-3 Sat. 8-Aug Vegas Colorado TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
*5 Sat. 8-Aug Montreal Pittsburgh TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
*5 Sat. 8-Aug Chicago Edmonton TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
*5 Sun. 9-Aug Florida NY Islanders TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
*5 Sun. 9-Aug Arizona Nashville TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
RR-3 Sun. 9-Aug Boston Washington TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
RR-3 Sun. 9-Aug Dallas St. Louis TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
*5 Sun. 9-Aug Columbus Toronto TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
*5 Sun. 9-Aug Minnesota Vancouver TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD