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Full schedule of NHL qualifying round series, round-robin games

24 teams are competing for a shot at the Stanley Cup. We run down the full schedule for the qualifying round of the 2020 NHL playoffs.

Brooks Orpik of the Washington Capitals hoists the Stanley Cup after the team’s 4-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game Five of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on June 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The NHL wrapped up its exhibition schedule on Wednesday, and drops the puck on real hockey this Saturday, August 1. The season returns with what is referred to as a qualifying round, and the league is saying is technically not the Stanley Cup Playoffs. That being said, we get a host of elimination series that will bring their own brand of excitement.

24 teams are competing for a shot at winning the Stanley Cup. The top four teams in each conference will compete in round-robin play to determine the seeding order. The remaining eight teams in each conference will square off in five-games series seeded 5 vs. 12, 6 vs. 11, 7 vs. 10, and 8 vs. 9. The winners of those series will advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, while the losers advance back into the lottery pool for draft order.

Below is the full schedule, with teams, times, and TV channels for watching each game. The first list is the day-by-day schedule, the second list is the schedule for each series.

Saturday, Aug. 1

New York Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes, Game 1, 12 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN, SN360, TVAS, MSG, FS-CR
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers, Game 1, 3 p.m. | NBC, SN
Florida Panthers vs. New York Islanders, Game 1, 4 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN1, TVAS, FS-F, MSG+
Montreal Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, Game 1, 8 p.m. | NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS
Winnipeg Jets vs. Calgary Flames, Game 1, 10:30 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, CBC, SN

Sunday, Aug. 2

Arizona Coyotes vs, Nashville Predators, Game 1, 2 p.m. | USA, NHL.TV, SN360, FS-TN, FS-A
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins, 3 p.m. | NBC, SN, TVAS
St. Louis Blues vs. Colorado Avalanche, 6:30 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN360, TVAS2, ALT, FS-MW
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Game 1, 8 p.m. | NHLN, SN, TVAS, FS-O
Minnesota Wild vs. Vancouver Canucks, Game 1, 10:30 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN, FS-N, FS-WI

Monday, Aug. 3

New York Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes, Game 2, 12 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN, SN360, TVAS, MSG, FS-CR
Winnipeg Jets vs. Calgary Flames, Game 2, 2:30 p.m. | NHLN, NHL.TV, SN
Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 4 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN360, TVAS, NBCSWA, SUN
Dallas Stars vs. Vegas Golden Knights, 6:30 p.m. | NHLN, NHL.TV, SN1, ATTSN-RM, FS-SW
Montreal Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, Game 2, 8 p.m. | NBCSN, SN, TVAS, ATTSN-PT
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers, Game 2, 10:30 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN, NBCSCH

Tuesday, Aug. 4

Florida Panthers vs. New York Islanders, Game 2, 12 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN, TVAS, MSG+, FS-F
Arizona Coyotes vs. Nashville Predators, Game 2, 2:30 p.m. | NHLN, NHL.TV, SN1, SN360, FS-TN, FS-A+
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Game 2, 4 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN, TVAS, FS-O
Calgary Flames vs. Winnipeg Jets, Game 3, 6:45 p.m. | NHLN, NHL.TV, SN
Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers, Game 3, 8 p.m. | NBCSN, SN360, TVAS, MSG, FS-CR
Minnesota Wild vs. Vancouver Canucks, Game 2, 10:45 p.m. | USA, NHL.TV, SN, FS-N, FS-WI

Wednesday, Aug. 5

New York Islanders vs. Florida Panthers, Game 3, 12 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN, TVAS, FS-F, MSG+
Nashville Predators vs. Arizona Coyotes, Game 3, 2:30 p.m. | NHLN, NHL.TV, SN360, FS-A+, FS-TN
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins, 4 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN, TVAS, NESN, FS-F
Colorado Avalanche vs. Dallas Stars, 6:30 p.m, | NHLN, NHL.TV, FX-CA, FS-SW, ALT
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens, Game 3, 8 p.m. | NBCSN, SN, TVAS, ATTSN-PT
Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago Blackhawks, Game 3, 10:30 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN, NBCSCH

Thursday, Aug. 6

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, Game 3, TBD
Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers, Game 4*, TBD
Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers, TBD
Vancouver Canucks vs. Minnesota Wild, Game 3, TBD
Calgary Flames vs. Winnipeg Jets, Game 4*, TBD
Vegas Golden Knights vs. St. Louis Blues, TBD

Friday, Aug. 7

New York Islanders vs. Florida Panthers, Game 4*, TBD
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens, Game 4*, TBD
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, Game 4*, TBD
Nashville Predators vs. Arizona Coyotes, Game 4*, TBD
Vancouver Canucks vs. Minnesota Wild, Game 4*, TBD
Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago Blackhawks, Game 4*, TBD

Saturday, Aug. 8

New York Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes, Game 5*, TBD
Montreal Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, Game 5*, TBD
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, TBD
Winnipeg Jets vs. Calgary Flames, Game 5*, TBD
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers, Game 5*, TBD
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Colorado Avalanche, TBD

Sunday, Aug. 9

Florida Panthers vs. New York Islanders, Game 5*, TBD
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Game 5*, TBD
Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals, TBD
Minnesota Wild vs. Vancouver Canucks, Game 5*, TBD
Arizona Coyotes vs. Nashville Predators, Game 5*, TBD
Dallas Stars vs. St. Louis Blues, TBD

STANLEY CUP QUALIFIERS BY SERIES

Eastern Conference (all games at Scotiabank Arena, Toronto)

(5) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (12) Montreal Canadiens

Saturday, Aug. 1: Canadiens vs. Penguins, 8 p.m. | NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS,
Monday, Aug. 3: Canadiens vs. Penguins, 8 p.m. | NBCSN, SN, TVAS, ATTSN-PT
Wednesday, Aug. 5: Penguins vs. Canadiens, 8 p.m. | NBCSN, SN, TVAS, ATTSN-PT
Friday, Aug. 7: Penguins vs. Canadiens*
Saturday, Aug. 8: Canadiens vs. Penguins*

(6) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (11) New York Rangers

Saturday, Aug. 1: Rangers vs. Hurricanes, 12 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN, SN360, TVAS, FS-CR, MSG
Monday, Aug. 3: Rangers vs. Hurricanes, 12 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN, SN360, TVAS, FS-CR, MSG
Tuesday, Aug. 4: Hurricanes vs. Rangers, 8 p.m. | NBCSN, SN360, TVAS, MSG, FS-CR
Thursday, Aug. 6: Hurricanes vs. Rangers*
Saturday, Aug. 8: Rangers vs. Hurricanes*

(7) New York Islanders vs. (10) Florida Panthers

Saturday, Aug. 1: Panthers vs. Islanders, 4 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN1, TVAS, MSG+, FS-F
Tuesday, Aug. 4: Panthers vs. Islanders, 12 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN, TVAS, MSG+, FS-F
Wednesday, Aug. 5: Islanders vs. Panthers, 12 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN, TVAS, FS-F, MSG+
Friday, Aug. 7: Islanders vs. Panthers*
Sunday, Aug. 9: Panthers vs. Islanders*

(8) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (9) Columbus Blue Jackets

Sunday, Aug. 2: Blue Jackets vs. Maple Leafs, 8 p.m. | NHLN, SN, TVAS, FS-O
Tuesday, Aug. 4: Blue Jackets vs. Maple Leafs, 4 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN, TVAS, FS-O
Thursday, Aug. 6: Maple Leafs vs. Blue Jackets, TBD
Friday, Aug. 7: Maple Leafs vs. Blue Jackets*, TBD
Sunday, Aug. 9: Blue Jackets vs. Maple Leafs*, TBD

Round-robin

Sunday, Aug. 2: Flyers vs. Bruins, 3 p.m. | NBC, SN, TVAS
Monday, Aug. 3: Capitals vs. Lightning, 4 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN360, TVAS, SUN, NBCSWA
Wednesday, Aug. 5: Lightning vs. Bruins, 4 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN, TVAS, NESN, FS-F
Thursday, Aug. 6: Capitals vs. Flyers, TBD
Saturday, Aug. 8: Flyers vs. Lightning, TBD
Sunday, Aug. 9: Bruins vs. Capitals, TBD

Western Conference (all games at Rogers Place, Edmonton)

(5) Edmonton Oilers vs. (12) Chicago Blackhawks

Saturday, Aug. 1: Blackhawks vs. Oilers, 3 p.m. | NBC, SN
Monday, Aug. 3: Blackhawks vs. Oilers, 10:30 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN, NBCSCH
Wednesday, Aug. 5: Oilers vs. Blackhawks, 10:30 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN, NBCSCH
Friday, Aug. 7: Oilers vs. Blackhawks*, TBD
Saturday, Aug. 8: Blackhawks vs. Oilers*, TBD

(6) Nashville Predators vs. (11) Arizona Coyotes

Sunday, Aug. 2: Coyotes vs. Predators, 2 p.m. | USA, NHL.TV, SN360, FS-TN, FS-A
Tuesday, Aug. 4: Coyotes vs. Predators, 2:30 p.m. | NHLN, NHL.TV, SN1, SN360, FS-TN, FS-A+
Wednesday, Aug. 5: Predators vs. Coyotes, 2:30 p.m. | NHLN, NHL.TV, SN360, FS-A+, FS-TN
Friday, Aug. 7: Predators vs. Coyotes*, TBD
Sunday, Aug. 9: Coyotes vs. Predators*, TBD

(7) Vancouver Canucks vs. (10) Minnesota Wild

Sunday, Aug. 2: Wild vs. Canucks, 10:30 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN, FS-N, FS-WI
Tuesday, Aug. 4: Wild vs. Canucks, 10:45 p.m. | USA, NHL.TV, SN, FS-N, FS-WI
Thursday, Aug. 6: Canucks vs. Wild, TBD
Friday, Aug. 7: Canucks vs. Wild*, TBD
Sunday, Aug. 9: Wild vs. Canucks*, TBD

(8) Calgary Flames vs. (9) Winnipeg Jets

Saturday, Aug. 1: Jets vs. Flames, 10:30 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, NHL.TV, CBC, SN
Monday, Aug. 3: Jets vs. Flames, 2:30 p.m. | NHLN, NHL.TV, SN
Tuesday, Aug. 4: Flames vs. Jets, 4:45 p.m. | NHLN, NHL.TV, SN
Thursday, Aug. 6: Flames vs. Jets*, TBD
Saturday, Aug. 8: Jets vs. Flames*, TBD

Round-robin

Sunday, Aug. 2: Blues vs. Avalanche, 6:30 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, SN360, TVAS2, FS-MW, ALT
Monday, Aug. 3: Stars vs. Golden Knights, 6:30 p.m. | NHLN, NHL.TV, SN1, ATTSN-RM, FS-SW
Wednesday, Aug. 5: Avalanche vs. Stars, 6:30 p.m. | NHLN, NHL.TV, FX-CA, FS-SW, ALT
Thursday, Aug. 6: Golden Knights vs. Blues, TBD
Saturday, Aug. 8: Golden Knights vs. Avalanche, TBD
Sunday, Aug. 9: Stars vs. Blues, TBD