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NHL playoff bracket 2020: Updated TV schedule, scores, results for the Stanley Cup playoffs


Eight teams are set to hit the ice between Toronto and Edmonton as the Stanley Cup playoffs roll on with second-round action.

Who will skate away with Lord Stanley’s Cup at the end is anyone’s guess because, well, 2020.

The Blackhawks and Canadiens were the 23rd and 24th teams, respectively, in the league standings when the season had to pause because of the coronavirus pandemic, and they made it to the first round, where they were knocked out by No. 1 seeds Vegas and Philadelphia, respectively.

By the way, neither the Golden Knights nor the Flyers won the Presidents’ Trophy or led their conference on March 12 when the regular season was stopped. The conference leaders at the time — the Bruins (who did win the Presidents’ Trophy) and Blues — entered the first round as the No. 4 seed in each conference, and now the defending Cup champs from St. Louis are going home.

Below you’ll find everything you need to know about watching the 2020 NHL playoffs, including series-by-series TV schedules and live streaming information.

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NHL playoff bracket 2020

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NHL scores & results

All times Eastern

Eastern Conference

Second round

Philadelphia Flyers (1) vs. New York Islanders (6)

Game Date Time TV channel Score
1 Mon., Aug. 24 7 p.m, NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, CBC, TVAS NYI, 4-0 (NYI leads 1-0)
2 Wed., Aug. 26 3 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, TVAS PHI, 4-3 (OT) (Series tied 1-1)
3 Thu., Aug. 27 PPD PPD PPD
3 Sat., Aug. 29 7 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, CBC, TVAS NYI, 3-1 (NYI leads 2-1)
4 Sun., Aug. 30 8 p.m. NBC, fuboTV, SN, CBC, TVAS NYI, 3-2 (NYI leads 3-1)
5 Tues., Sept. 1 7 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, CBC, TVAS PHI, 4-3 (OT) (NYI leads 3-2)
6 Thu., Sept. 3 7 p.m. NBC, fuboTV, SN, CBC, TVAS  
*7 Sat., Sept. 5 TBD TBD  

Tampa Bay Lightning (2) vs. Boston Bruins (4)

Game Date Time TV channel Score
1 Sun., Aug. 23 8 p.m. NBC, fuboTV, SN, TVAS BOS, 3-2 (BOS leads 1-0)
2 Tue., Aug. 25 7 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, CBC, TVAS TBL, 4-3 (OT) (Series tied 1-1)
3 Wed., Aug. 26 8 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, CBC, TVAS TBL, 7-1 (TBL leads 2-1)
4 Fri., Aug. 28 PPD PPD PPD
4 Sat., Aug. 29 12 p.m. NBC, fuboTV, SN, TVAS TBL, 3-1 (TBL leads 3-1)
5 Mon., Aug. 31 7 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, CBC, TVAS TBL, 3-2 (2OT) (TBL wins 4-1)

* If necessary.

First round

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

Game Date Time TV channel Score
1 Wed., Aug. 12 8 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, CBC, SN, TVAS PHI, 2-1 (PHI leads 1-0)
2 Fri., Aug. 14 3 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, CBC, SN, TVAS MTL, 5-0 (Series tied 1-1)
3 Sun., Aug. 16 8 p.m. NBC, fuboTV, CBC, SN, TVAS PHI, 1-0 (PHI leads 2-1)
4 Tues., Aug. 18 3 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, CBC, SN, TVAS PHI, 2-0 (PHI leads 3-1)
5 Wed., Aug. 19 8 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, CBC, SN, TVAS MTL, 5-3 (PHI leads 3-2)
6 Fri., Aug. 21 7 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, CBC, SN, TVAS PHI, 3-2 (PHI wins series 4-2)

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

Game Date Time TV channel Score
1 Tues., Aug. 11 3 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, TVAS TBL, 3-2 (5OT) (TBL leads 1-0)
2 Thurs., Aug. 13 3 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, TVAS CBJ, 3-1 (Series tied 1-1)
3 Sat., Aug. 15 7:30 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN360, TVAS TBL, 3-2 (TBL leads 2-1)
4 Mon., Aug. 17 3 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, TVAS TBL, 2-1 (TBL leads 3-1)
5 Wed., Aug. 19 Noon NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, TVAS TBL, 5-4 (OT) (TBL wins series 4-1)

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

Game Date Time TV channel Score
1 Wed., Aug. 12 3 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, TVAS NYI, 4-2 (NYI leads 1-0)
2 Fri., Aug. 14 8 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, FX-CA, TVAS NYI, 5-2 (NYI leads 2-0)
3 Sun., Aug. 16 Noon USA, fuboTV, SN360, TVAS NYI, 2-1 (OT) (NYI leads 3-0)
4 Tues., Aug. 18 8 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, TVAS WSH, 3-2 (NYI leads 3-1)
5 Thurs., Aug. 20 8 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, CBC, TVAS NYI, 4-0 (NYI wins series 4-1)

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

Game Date Time TV channel Score
1 Tues., Aug. 12 11 a.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, CBC, SN, TVAS BOS, 4-3 (2OT) (BOS leads 1-0)
2 Thurs., Aug. 13 8 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, CBC, SN, TVAS CAR, 3-2 (Series tied 1-1)
3 Sat., Aug. 15 Noon NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, TVAS BOS, 3-1 (BOS leads 2-1)
4 Mon., Aug. 17 8 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, CBC, SN, TVAS BOS, 4-3 (BOS leads 3-1)
5 Wed., Aug. 19 4 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, TVAS BOS, 2-1 (BOS wins series 4-1)

Western Conference

Second round

Vegas Golden Knights (1) vs. Vancouver Canucks (5)

Game Date Time TV channel Score
1 Sun., Aug. 23 10:30 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, CBC, TVAS VGK, 5-0 (VGK leads 1-0)
2 Tue., Aug. 25 9:45 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, CBC, TVAS VAN, 5-2 (Series tied 1-1)
3 Thu., Aug. 27 PPD PPD PPD
3 Sat., Aug. 29 9:45 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, CBC, TVAS VGK, 3-0 (VGK leads 2-1)
4 Sun., Aug. 30 10:30 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, CBC, TVAS VGK, 5-3 (VGK leads 3-1)
5 Tue., Sept. 1 9:45 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, CBC, TVAS VAN, 2-1 (VGK leads 3-2)
6 Thu., Sept. 3 9:45 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, CBC, TVAS  
*7 Fri., Sept. 4 TBD TBD  

Colorado Avalanche (2) vs. Dallas Stars (3)

Game Date Time TV channel Score
1 Sat., Aug. 22 8 p.m. NBC, fuboTV, SN, CBC, TVAS DAL, 5-3 (DAL leads 1-0)
2 Mon., Aug. 24 9:45 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, TVAS DAL, 5-2 (DAL leads 2-0)
3 Wed., Aug. 26 10:30 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, TVAS COL, 6-4 (DAL leads 2-1)
4 Fri., Aug. 28 PPD PPD PPD
4 Sun., Aug. 30 6 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN1, SN360, TVAS DAL, 5-4 (DAL leads 3-1)
5 Mon., Aug. 31 9:45 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, TVAS COL, 6-3 (DAL leads 3-2)
6 Wed., Sept. 2 8 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, CBC, TVAS COL, 4-1 (Series tied 3-3)
7 Fri., Sept. 4 TBD TBD  

*If necessary.

First round

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

Game Date Time TV channel Score
1 Tues., Aug. 11 10:30 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, TVAS VGK, 4-1 (VGK leads 1-0)
2 Thurs., Aug. 13 5:30 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN360, TVAS VGK, 4-3 (OT) (VGK leads 2-0)
3 Sat., Aug. 15 8 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, CBC, SN, TVAS VGK, 2-1 (VGK leads 3-0)
4 Sun., Aug. 16 6:30 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN1, SN360, TVAS CHI, 3-1 (VGK leads 3-1)
5 Tues., Aug. 18 10:30 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN, TVAS VGK, 4-3 (VGK wins series 4-1)

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

Game Date Time TV channel Score
1 Wed., Aug. 12 5:30 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, SN360, TVAS COL, 3-0 (COL leads 1-0)
2 Fri., Aug. 14 2 p.m. NHLN, fuboTV, SN360, TVAS COL, 3-2 (COL leads 2-0)
3 Sat., Aug. 15 3 p.m. CNBC, fuboTV, SN360, TVAS ARI, 4-2 (COL leads 2-1)
4 Mon., Aug. 17 5:30 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, FX-CA, TVAS COL, 7-1 (COL leads 3-1)
5 Wed., Aug. 19 5:30 p.m. NHLN, NBCSN, fuboTV, SN360 COL, 7-1 (COL wins series 4-1)

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

Game Date Time TV channel Score
1 Tues., Aug. 11 5:30 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, CBC, SN, TVAS CGY, 3-2 (CGY leads 1-0)
2 Thurs., Aug. 13 10:30 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, CBC, SN, TVAS DAL, 5-4 (Series tied 1-1)
3 Fri., Aug. 14 10:30 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, CBC, SN, TVAS CGY, 2-0 (CGY leads 2-1)
4 Sun., Aug. 16 2 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, CBC, SN, TVAS DAL, 5-4 (OT) (Series tied 2-2)
5 Tues., Aug. 18 5:30 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, CBC, SN DAL, 2-1 (DAL leads 3-2)
6 Thurs., Aug. 20 10:30 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, CBC, SN, SN360, TVAS DAL, 7-3 (DAL wins series 4-2)

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

Game Date Time TV channel Score
1 Wed., Aug. 12 10:30 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, CBC, SN, TVAS VAN, 5-2 (VAN leads 1-0)
2 Fri., Aug. 14 6:30 p.m. NHLN, fuboTV, SN, TVAS VAN, 4-3 (OT) (VAN leads 2-0)
3 Sun., Aug. 16 10:30 p.m. CNBC, fuboTV, SN, TVAS STL, 3-2 (OT) (Van leads 2-1)
4 Mon., Aug. 17 10:30 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, CBC, SN, TVAS STL, 3-1 (Series tied 2-2)
5 Wed., Aug. 19 10:30 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, CBC, SN VAN, 4-3 (VAN leads 3-2)
6 Fri., Aug. 21 9:45 p.m. NBCSN, fuboTV, CBC, SN VAN, 6-2 (VAN wins series 4-2)

How do the NHL playoffs work?

The NHL held a “qualifying round” in each conference before the official start of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs. The top four seeds in each conference earned automatic playoff berths, leaving the 5-12 seeds in each conference to face off in best-of-five series to determine the remaining spots in the playoff bracket.

Meanwhile, the top four seeds participated in a round-robin tournament to determine their seeding for Round 1 with the Flyers and the Golden Knights securing the No. 1 seeds in their respective conferences.

Now that the playoff bracket is set, each series will be a best-of-seven format from the first round through the Stanley Cup Final, as is customary. The only major difference is teams from both conferences will reseed after each round, rather than the division-specific seeds in recent years.

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NHL schedule 2020

The first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs started Tuesday, Aug. 11, and concluded Friday, Aug. 21. Round 2 begins Saturday, Aug. 22, followed by the conference finals, which are tentatively scheduled for Sept. 8 depending on the second-round outcomes.

The Stanley Cup Final is scheduled to begin Sept. 22 and be completed no later than Oct. 4.

Round 2

Saturday, Aug. 22

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Avalanche vs. Stars 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Sunday, Aug. 23

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Bruins vs. Lightning 8 p.m. ET NBC, SN
Game 1: Canucks vs. Golden Knights 10:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Monday, Aug. 24

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Islanders vs. Flyers 7 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 2: Stars vs. Avalanche 9:45 p.m. NBCSN, SN

Tuesday, Aug. 25

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 2: Bruins vs. Lightning 7 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 2: Canucks vs. Golden Knights 9:45 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Wednesday, Aug. 26

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 2: Islanders vs. Flyers 3 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN
Game 3: Lightning vs. Bruins 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 3: Avalanche vs. Stars 10:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN

Thursday, Aug. 27

All games have been postponed

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Friday, Aug. 28

All games have been postponed

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Saturday, Aug. 29

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Lightning vs. Bruins 12 p.m. ET NBC, SN
Game 3: Flyers vs. Islanders 7 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 3: Golden Knights vs. Canucks 9:45 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Sunday, Aug. 30

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Stars vs. Avalanche 6 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN1, SN360
Game 4: Flyers vs. Islanders 8 p.m. ET NBC, SN, CBC
Game 4: Golden Knights vs. Canucks 10:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Monday, Aug. 31

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 5: Bruins vs. Lightning 7 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN
Game 5: Stars vs. Avalanche 9:45 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN

Tuesday, Sept. 1

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 5: Islanders vs. Flyers 7 p.m. ET NBCSN, CBC
Game 5: Golden Knights vs. Canucks 9:45 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Wednesday, Sept. 2

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 6: Stars vs. Avalanche 8 p.m ET NBCS, SN, CBC

Thursday, Sept. 3

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 6: Islanders vs. Flyers 7 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 6: Golden Knights vs. Canucks 9:45 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Friday, Sept. 4

Matchup Time TV channel
*Game 7: Stars vs. Avalanche TBD TBD
*Game 7: Canucks vs. Golden Knights TBD TBD

Saturday, Sept. 5

Matchup Time TV channel
*Game 7: Islanders vs. Flyers TBD TBD

* If necessary.

Round 1

Tuesday, Aug. 11

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Blue Jackets vs. Lightning 3 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN
Game 1: Flames vs. Stars 5:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN
Game 1: Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights 10:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN

Wednesday, Aug. 12

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Hurricanes vs. Bruins 11 a.m. ET NBCSN, SN
Game 1: Islanders vs. Capitals 3 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN
Game 1: Coyotes vs. Avalanche 5:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN
Game 1: Canadiens vs. Flyers 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 1: Canucks vs. Blues 10:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Thursday, Aug. 13

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 2: Blue Jackets vs. Lightning 3 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN
Game 2: Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights 5:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN360
Game 2: Hurricanes vs. Bruins 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 2: Flames vs. Stars 10:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Friday, Aug. 14

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 2: Coyotes vs. Avalanche 2 p.m. ET NHLN, SN, CBC
Game 2: Canadiens vs. Flyers 3 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 2: Canucks vs. Blues 6:30 p.m. ET NHLN, SN
Game 2: Islanders vs. Capitals 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, FX-CA
Game 3: Stars vs. Flames 10:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Saturday, Aug. 15

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Bruins vs. Hurricanes Noon ET NBC, SN
Game 3: Avalanche vs. Coyotes 3 p.m. ET CNBC, SN360
Game 3: Lightning vs. Blue Jackets 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN360
Game 3: Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks 8 p.m. ET NBC, SN, CBC

Sunday, Aug. 16

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Capitals vs. Islanders Noon ET USA, SN360
Game 4: Stars vs. Flames 2 p.m. ET CNBC, SN, CBC
Game 4: Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks 6:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN1
Game 3: Flyers vs. Canadiens 8 p.m. ET NBC, SN, CBC
Game 3: Blues vs. Canucks 10:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN

Monday, Aug. 17

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Lightning vs. Blue Jackets 3 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN
Game 4: Avalanche vs. Coyotes 5:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, FX-CA
Game 4: Bruins vs. Hurricanes 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 4: Blues vs. Canucks 10:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Tuesday, Aug. 18

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Flyers vs. Canadiens 3 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 5: Flames vs. Stars 5:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 4: Capitals vs. Islanders 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN
Game 5: Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights 10:30 p.m. NBCSN, SN

Wednesday, Aug. 19

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 5: Blue Jackets vs. Lightning 12 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN
Game 5: Hurricanes vs. Bruins 4 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN
Game 5: Coyotes vs. Avalanche 5:30 p.m. ET NHLN, NBCSN, SN360
Game 5: Canadiens vs. Flyers 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 5: Canucks vs. Blues 10:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Thursday, Aug. 20

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 5: Islanders vs. Capitals 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, CBC, SN
Game 6: Stars vs. Flames 10:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, CBC, SN, SN360

Friday, Aug. 21

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 6: Flyers vs. Canadiens 7 p.m. ET NBCSN, CBC, SN
Game 6: Blues vs. Canucks 9:45 p.m. ET NBCSN, CBC, SN

Conference finals: Sept. 8 (tentative)

Stanley Cup Final: Sept. 22 (tentative)





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