The NHL returns on Saturday, August 1st, with their qualifying round and round-robin play. The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a restart that will feature 24 teams competing for the Stanley Cup. The top four teams in each conference are competing in round-robin play to finalize the top four seeds. The next eight teams are competing in five-game seeded play to earn a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens will face off in Toronto starting Saturday. The Penguins finished the abbreviated regular season with 86 points on a 40-23-6 record, which was good for the 5th seed. The Canadiens finished the abbreviated regular season with 71 points on a 31-31-9 record, which was good for the 12th seed.
The suspended season has allowed the Penguins to get healthy and be in a position to make some noise in the playoffs. Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel, and John Marino are among a group of key contributors who should be at or close to 100 percent for this series. Pittsburgh lost their exhibition game to Philadelphia 3-2 in overtime. Conor Sheary and Jason Zucker each scored a goal for the Penguins.
Meanwhile, Montreal was not sure if Max Domi would participate in the playoffs due to his Type-1 diabetes. However, he did not opt out and will be available for their opening series. Montreal lost their exhibition game 4-2 to Toronto. Paul Byron and Tomas Tatar each scored a goal.
Below is a full rundown of the Penguins-Canadiens series and how to watch it. None of the first three games will be available on NHL.TV live stream, but if it goes to “if necessary” games, that could change. The NBC games are all available at NBCSports.com/live.
Penguins vs. Canadiens series info
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*