The Stanley Cup Semifinals are upon us. Traditionally, the third round of the playoffs is called the Conference Finals, but for the 2021 NHL Playoffs, it is the Stanley Cup Semifinals. The COVID-19 realignment has resulted in the third round having the four remaining teams reseeded based on regular season record.
This year, that means the Vegas Golden Knights are the No. 1 seed, the Tampa Bay Lightning are the No. 2 seed, the New York Islanders are the No. 3 seed, and the Montreal Canadiens are the No. 4 seed. The re-seeding means the Golden Knights face the Canadiens and the Lightning face the Islanders. Interestingly, the realignment means we have three traditional Eastern Conference teams playing in the semifinals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Golden Knights and Canadiens open their series in Las Vegas on Monday, June 43. The puck drops at 9 p.m. ET and the game will air on NBCSN. It will be available via live stream at NBCSports.com/live. Below is the full schedule for the Golden Knights-Lightning series.
Canadiens vs. Golden Knights series info
Game 1, Canadiens @ Golden Knights: Monday, June 14, 9 p.m. ET, NBCSN
Game 2, Canadiens @ Golden Knights: Wednesday, June 16, 9 p.m. ET, NBCSN
Game 3, Golden Knights @ Canadiens: Friday, June 18, 8 p.m. ET, USA
Game 4, Golden Knights @ Canadiens: Sunday, June 20, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN
Game 5 (if necessary), Canadiens @ Golden Knights: Tuesday, June 22, 9 p.m. ET, NBCSN
Game 6 (if necessary), Golden Knights @ Canadiens: Thursday, June 24, 8 p.m. ET, USA
Game 7 (if necessary), Canadiens @ Golden Knights: Saturday, June 26, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN