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Full schedule of Stanley Cup first round playoff series

The 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs get underway on Tuesday, August 11th. We break down the complete schedule, including how to watch on television and via live online stream.

A TV camera is seen prior to a game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Chicago Blackhawks on January 6, 2017, at the United Center in Chicago, IL. Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The NHL wrapped up its qualifying round on Sunday and the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs are set to start on Tuesday, August 11th. We’ll get at least four games per day through August 17th, after which the “if necessary” games start.

The hub city model means there is no travel outside of going from the hotel to the rink. This lack of travel means we get shorter series and the potential for two games in two days in every series.

The NBC network of channels will be broadcasting most of the first round in the United States. The only games not airing on one of NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, or USA are Game 2 of Avalanche-Coyotes and Game 2 of Blues-Canucks. Those will both air on NHL Network.

The first round gets underway on Tuesday when the puck drops at 3 p.m. ET with the second-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning facing the seventh-seeded Columbus Blue Jackets. The last potential day of the first round is Sunday, August 23rd when we could have as many as five Game 7s.

Here is the complete schedule, with television details. NBC games will be available via live online stream on the NBC Sports Live Stream.

Eastern Conference

(1) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (8) Montreal Canadiens

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 8 p.m.: Canadiens @ Flyers | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
Friday, Aug. 14, 3 p.m.: Canadiens @ Flyers | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
Sunday, Aug. 16, 8 p.m.: Flyers @ Canadiens | NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 3 p.m.: Flyers @ Canadiens | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
*Wednesday, Aug. 19, TBD: Canadiens @ Flyers | TBD
*Friday, Aug. 21, TBD: Flyers @ Canadiens | TBD
*Sunday, Aug. 23, TBD: Canadiens @ Flyers | TBD

(2) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (7) Columbus Blue Jackets

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 3 p.m.: Blue Jackets @ Lightning | NBCSN, SN, TVAS
Thursday, Aug. 13, 3 p.m.: Blue Jackets @ Lightning | NBCSN, SN, TVAS
Saturday, Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m.: Lightning @ Blue Jackets | NBCSN, SN360, TVAS
Monday, Aug. 17, 3 p.m.: Lightning @ Blue Jackets | NBCSN, SN, TVAS
*Wednesday, Aug. 19, TBD: Blue Jackets @ Lightning | TBD
*Friday, Aug. 21, TBD: Lightning @ Blue Jackets | TBD
*Saturday, Aug. 22, TBD: Blue Jackets @ Lightning | TBD

(3) Washington Capitals vs. (6) New York Islanders

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 3 p.m. Islanders @ Capitals | NBCSN, SN, TVAS
Friday, Aug. 14, 8 p.m.: Islanders @ Capitals | NBCSN, FX-CA, TVAS
Sunday, Aug. 16, 12 p.m.: Capitals @ Islanders | USA, SN360, TVAS
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 8 p.m.: Capitals @ Islanders | NBCSN
*Thursday, Aug. 20, TBD: Islanders @ Capitals | TBD
*Saturday, Aug. 22, TBD: Capitals @ Islanders | TBD
*Sunday, Aug. 23, TBD: Islanders @ Capitals | TBD

(4) Boston Bruins vs. (5) Carolina Hurricanes

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 8 p.m.: Hurricanes @ Bruins | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
Thursday, Aug. 13, 8 p.m.: Hurricanes @ Bruins | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
Saturday, Aug. 15, 12 p.m.: Bruins @ Hurricanes | NBC, SN, TVAS
Monday, Aug. 17, 8 p.m.: Bruins @ Hurricanes | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
*Wednesday, Aug. 19, TBD: Hurricanes @ Bruins | TBD
*Thursday, Aug. 20, TBD: Bruins @ Hurricanes | TBD
*Sunday, Aug. 23, TBD: Hurricanes @ Bruins | TBD

Western Conference

(1) Vegas Golden Knights vs. (8) Chicago Blackhawks

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 10:30 p.m.: Blackhawks @ Golden Knights | NBCSN, SN, TVAS
Thursday, Aug. 13, 5:30 p.m.: Blackhawks @ Golden Knights | NBCSN, SN360, TVAS
Saturday, Aug. 15, 8 p.m.: Golden Knights @ Blackhawks | NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS
Sunday, Aug. 16, 6:30 p.m.: Golden Knights @ Blackhawks | NBCSN, SN1, SN360
*Tuesday, Aug. 18, TBD: Blackhawks @ Golden Knights | TBD
*Thursday, Aug. 20, TBD: Golden Knights @ Blackhawks | TBD
*Saturday, Aug. 22, TBD: Blackhawks @ Golden Knights | TBD

(2) Colorado Avalanche vs. (7) Arizona Coyotes

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 5:30 p.m.: Coyotes @ Avalanche | NBCSN, SN360, TVAS
Friday, Aug. 14, 2 p.m.: Coyotes @ Avalanche | NHLN, SN360, TVAS
Saturday, Aug. 15, 3 p.m.: Avalanche @ Coyotes | CNBC, SN360, TVAS
Monday, Aug. 17, 5:30 p.m.: Avalanche @ Coyotes | NBCSN, FX-CA, TVAS
*Wednesday, Aug. 19, TBD: Coyotes @ Avalanche | TBD
*Friday, Aug. 21, TBD: Avalanche @ Coyotes | TBD
*Sunday, Aug. 23, TBD: Coyotes @ Avalanche | TBD

(3) Dallas Stars vs. (6) Calgary Flames

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 5:30 p.m.: Flames @ Stars | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
Thursday, Aug. 13, 10:30 p.m.: Flames @ Stars | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
Friday, Aug. 14, 10:30 p.m.: Stars @ Flames | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
Sunday, Aug. 16, 2 p.m.: Stars @ Flames | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
*Tuesday, Aug. 18, TBD: Flames @ Stars | TBD
*Thursday, Aug. 20, TBD: Stars @ Flames | TBD
*Saturday, Aug. 22, TBD: Stars @ Flames | TBD

(4) St. Louis Blues vs. (5) Vancouver Canucks

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 10:30 p.m.: Canucks @ Blues | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
Friday, Aug. 14, 6:30 p.m.: Canucks @ Blues | NHLN, SN, TVAS
Sunday, Aug. 16, 10:30 p.m.: Blues @ Canucks | CNBC, SN, TVAS
Monday, Aug. 17, 10:30 p.m.: Blues @ Canucks | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
*Wednesday, Aug. 19, TBD: Canucks @ Blues | TBD
*Friday, Aug. 21, TBD: Blues @ Canucks | TBD
*Sunday, Aug. 23, TBD: Canucks @ Blues | TBD