NHL playoffs 2018: Bracket, first-round schedule, dates, TV times

The first-round schedule of the 2018 NHL playoffs is set.

NHL playoffs 2018: Bracket, first-round schedule, dates, TV times

NHL playoffs 2018: Bracket, first-round schedule, dates, TV times

This year's chase for the Stanley Cup begins Wednesday, April 11, with three series openers. The two-time defending champion Penguins host the cross-state rival Flyers to start their quest for a three-peat in earnest, and the expansion Golden Knights play their first playoff game in franchise history.

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On Thursday, April 12, the remaining five series get under way, highlighted by the Predators and Lightning, two heavy Cup favorites and the top seeds in their respective conferences.

Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs could last a full 14 days; potential Game 7s are scheduled for April 25.

Below is a complete schedule of dates, times, broadcast and streaming information for each playoff team. It will be updated throughout the postseason.

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First-round NHL playoff schedule, TV times


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(All times Eastern; * If necessary)


Eastern Conference


Lightning (A1) vs. Devils (WC2)

Game 1: Lighting 5, Devils 2
Game 2: Lightning 5, Devils 3
Game 3: Devils 5, Lightning 2
Game 4: Lightning 3, Devils 1
Game 5: April 21 at Tampa Bay, 3 p.m. (NBC, Sportsnet, fuboTV)
*Game 6: April 23 at New Jersey, TBD
*Game 7: April 25 at Tampa Bay, TBD

Bruins (A2) vs. Maple Leafs (A3)

Game 1: Bruins 5, Maple Leafs 1
Game 2: Bruins 7, Maple Leafs 3
Game 3: Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 2
Game 4: Bruins 3, Maple Leafs 1
Game 5: April 21 at Boston, 8 p.m. (NBC, CBC, fuboTV)
*Game 6: April 23 at Toronto, TBD
*Game 7: April 25 at Boston, TBD

Capitals (M1) vs. Blue Jackets (WC1)

Game 1: Blue Jackets 4, Capitals 3 (OT)
Game 2: Blue Jackets 5, Capitals 4 (OT)
Game 3: Capitals 3, Blue Jackets 2 (2OT)
Game 4: Capitals 4, Blue Jackets 1
Game 5: April 21 at Washington, 3 p.m. (NBCSN, Sportsnet, fuboTV)
*Game 6: April 23 at Columbus, TBD
*Game 7: April 25 at Washington, TBD

Penguins (M2) vs. Flyers (M3)

Game 1: Penguins 7, Flyers 0
Game 2: Flyers 5, Penguins 1
Game 3: Penguins 5, Flyers 1
Game 4: Penguins 5, Flyers 0
Game 5: April 20 at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (NBCSN, Sportsnet, fuboTV)
*Game 6: April 22 at Philadelphia, TBD
*Game 7: April 24 at Pittsburgh, TBD


Western Conference


Predators (C1) vs. Avalanche (WC2)

Game 1: Predators 5, Avalanche 2
Game 2: Predators 5, Avalanche 4
Game 3: Avalanche 5, Predators 3
Game 4: Predators 3, Avalanche 2
Game 5: April 20 at Nashville, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN, Sportsnet, fuboTV)
*Game 6: April 22 at Colorado, TBD
*Game 7: April 24 at Nashville, TBD

Jets (C2) vs. Wild (C3)

Game 1: Jets 3, Wild 2
Game 2: Jets 4, Wild 1
Game 3: Wild 6, Jets 2
Game 4: Jets 2, Wild 0
Game 5: April 20 at Winnipeg, 7:30 p.m. (USA, Sportsnet, fuboTV)
*Game 6: April 22 at Minnesota, TBD
*Game 7: April 25 at Winnipeg, TBD

Golden Knights (P1) vs. Kings (WC1)

Game 1: Golden Knights 1, Kings 0
Game 2: Golden Knights 2, Kings 1 (2OT)
Game 3: Golden Knights 3, Kings 2
Game 4: Golden Knights 1, Kings 0

Vegas wins series, 4-0

Ducks (P2) vs. Sharks (P3)

Game 1: Sharks 3, Ducks 0
Game 2: Sharks 3, Ducks 2
Game 3: Sharks 8, Ducks 1
Game 4: Sharks 2, Ducks 1

San Jose wins series, 4-0

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