The road to the Stanley Cup begins Wednesday.

By Nihal Kolur
April 08, 2018

The NHL playoffs are finally here and the schedule is set.

The chase for the Stanley Cup will commence on Wednesday, April 11 with three series openers. The Pittsburgh Penguins, champions of the past two seasons, host state rivals Philadelphia Flyers and the Vegas Golden Knights play their first playoff game in franchise history.

Thursday, April 12 will see the remaining five series begin, with the Lightning and Predators hoping to live up to their lofty expectations as favorites.

Below are the schedule and available channel listings for the entire first round of the playoffs.

Eastern Conference

Tampa Bay Lightning (A1) vs. New Jersey Devils (WC2)

Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m. ET: Devils at Lightning (NHL Network)

Saturday, April 14, 3 p.m. ET: Devils at Lightning (NBC/CNBC - check local listings)

Monday, April 16, 7:30 p.m. ET: Lightning at Devils (CNBC) 

Wednesday, April 18, 7:30 p.m. ET: Lightning at Devils (Golf Channel - no, seriously

Saturday, April 21, TBD (if necessary): Devils at Lightning

Monday, April 23, TBD (if necessary): Lightning at Devils

Wednesday, April 25, TBD (if necessary): Devils at Lightning

 

Boston Bruins (A2) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (A3)  

Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m. ET: Maple Leafs at Bruins (NBCSN)

Saturday, April 14, 8 p.m. ET: Maple Leafs at Bruins (NBC)

Monday, April 16, 7 p.m. ET: Bruins at Maple Leafs (NBCSN)

Thursday, April 19, 7 p.m. ET: Bruins at Maple Leafs (NBCSN)

Saturday, April 21, TBD (if necessary): Maple Leafs at Bruins

Monday, April 23, TBD (if necessary): Bruins at Maple Leafs

Wednesday, April 25, TBD (if necessary): Maple Leafs at Bruins

 

Washington Capitals (M1) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (WC1)

Thursday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. ET: Blue Jackets at Capitals (USA)

Sunday, April 15, 7:30 p.m. ET: Blue Jackets at Capitals (NBCSN)

Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m. ET: Capitals at Blue Jackets (NBCSN)

Thursday, April 19, 7:30 p.m. ET: Capitals at Blue Jackets (USA)

Saturday, April 21, TBD (if necessary): Blue Jackets at Capitals

Monday, April 23, TBD (if necessary): Capitals at Blue Jackets

Wednesday, April 25, TBD (if necessary): Blue Jackets at Capitals

 

Pittsburgh Penguins (M2) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (M3)

Wednesday, April 11, 7 p.m. ET: Flyers at Penguins (NBCSN)

Friday, April 13, 7 p.m. ET: Flyers at Penguins (NBCSN)

Sunday, April 15, 3 p.m. ET: Penguins at Flyers (NBC)

Wednesday, April 18, 7 p.m. ET: Penguins at Flyers (NBCSN)

Friday, April 20, TBD (if necessary): Flyers at Penguins

Sunday, April 22, TBD (if necessary): Penguins at Flyers

Tuesday, April 24, TBD (if necessary): Flyers at Penguins

 

Western Conference

Nashville Predators (C1) vs. Colorado Avalanche (WC2)

Thursday, April 12, 9:30 p.m. ET: Avalanche at Predators (NBCSN)

Saturday, April 14, 3 p.m. ET: Avalanche at Predators (NBC/CNBC - check local listings)

Monday, April 16, 10 p.m. ET: Predators at Avalanche (NBCSN)

Wednesday, April 18, 10 p.m. ET: Predators at Avalanche (NBCSN)

Friday, April 20, TBD (if necessary): Avalanche at Predators

Sunday, April 22, TBD (if necessary): Predators at Avalanche

Tuesday, April 24, TBD (if necessary): Avalanche at Predators

 

Winnipeg Jets (C2) vs. Minnesota Wild (C3)

Wednesday, April 11, 7 p.m. ET: Wild at Jets (CNBC)

Friday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. ET: Wild at Jets (USA)

Sunday, April 15, 7 p.m. ET: Penguins at Flyers (USA)

Tuesday, April 17, 8 p.m. ET: Penguins at Flyers (CNBC)

Friday, April 20, TBD (if necessary): Wild at Jets

Sunday, April 22, TBD (if necessary): Penguins at Flyers

Wednesday, April 25, TBD (if necessary): Wild at Jets

 

Vegas Golden Knights (P1) vs. Los Angeles Kings (WC1)

Wednesday, April 11, 10 p.m. ET: Kings at Golden Knights (NBCSN)

Friday, April 13, 10 p.m. ET: Kings at Golden Knights (NBCSN)

Sunday, April 15, 10:30 p.m. ET: Golden Knights at Kings (NBCSN)

Tuesday, April 17, 10:30 p.m. ET: Golden Knights at Kings (NBCSN)

Thursday, April 19, TBD (if necessary): Kings at Golden Knights

Saturday, April 21, TBD (if necessary): Golden Knights at Kings

Monday, April 23, TBD (if necessary): Kings at Golden Knights

 

Anaheim Ducks (P2) vs. San Jose Sharks (P3)

Thursday, April 12, 10:30 p.m. ET: Sharks at Ducks (USA)

Saturday, April 14, 10:30 p.m. ET: Sharks at Ducks (NBCSN)

Monday, April 16, 10:30 p.m. ET: Ducks at Sharks (CNBC)

Wednesday, April 18, 10:30 p.m. ET: Ducks at Sharks (Golf Channel)

Friday, April 20, TBD (if necessary): Sharks at Ducks

Sunday, April 22, TBD (if necessary): Ducks at Sharks

Tuesday, April 24, TBD (if necessary): Sharks at Ducks

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