NHL playoffs schedule 2022: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for every series

The time has finally come. The 2022 NHL playoffs are ready to get started,

Sixteen teams will compete for the Stanley Cup, eight in the Eastern Conference and eight in the Western Conference. The field will slowly dwindle from 16 to eight to four and then finally two.

The Lightning are the reigning back-to-back Stanley Cup champions, having defeated the Stars in 2020 and the Canadiens in 2021. Tampa Bay is one of 16 teams eyeing that trophy in 2022.

There are some exciting matchups in the first round, including the Bruins and Hurricanes, who will start their series Monday night.

Here is all the TV and schedule info you need for the first round of the 2022 NHL playoffs:

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NHL playoffs 2022: TV channels, live stream

  • TV (US): ESPN, ESPN 2, ABC, TNT, TBS
  • TV (Canada): Sportsnet, Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360, CBC, TVA Sports
  • Stream (US): ESPN +, fuboTV (free trial), Sling TV
  • Stream (Canada): SN Now, SN NOW +

Postseason telecasts will be split between the ESPN family of networks and the Turner networks as part of media rights deals the two companies signed last summer. Both will air first- and second-round series, and each network will telecast a conference finals series. The Stanley Cup Final will air exclusively on ESPN.

Sportsnet will show all the series in Canada. CBC will show some series.

How will the NHL playoffs work in 2022?

Here’s a quick overview of how the 2022 postseason will work:

  • Eight teams in each conference make the postseason: the top three teams in each division and two wild-card teams.
  • In the first round, the division winners play the wild-card teams while the second- and third-place teams in each division face off.
  • The first-round winners in each conference will play each other in the second round, with the four teams reseeded so the best plays the worst and the other two clubs meet.
  • The teams winners of the second-round series will face off in the conference finals.
  • The conference champions will meet in the Stanley Cup Final.

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NHL playoffs schedule, results by series

(All times Eastern)

(* If necessary.)

First round

Eastern Conference: (A1) Florida Panthers vs. (WC2) Washington Capitals

data website Time (ET); TV
Tue., May 3 at Florida 7:30 p.m .; ESPN2, SN360, TVA Sports
Thu. May 5 at Florida 7:30 p.m .; TBS, SN360, TVA Sports
Sat., May 7 at Washington 1 pm; ESPN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Mon. May 9 at Washington 7 pm; TBS, SN1, TVA Sports
* Wed., May 11 at Florida TBD; TBD
* Fri., May 13 at Washington TBD; TBD
* Sun., May 15 at Florida TBD; TBD

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Eastern Conference: (M1) (WC1) Boston Bruins

data website Time (ET); TV
Mon., May 2 at Carolina 7 pm; ESPN, SN360, TVA Sports
Wed., May 4 at Carolina 7 pm; ESPN, SN360, TVA Sports
Fri., May 6 and Boston 7 pm; TNT, SN360, TVA Sports
Sun., May 8 and Boston 12:30 p.m .; ESPN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
* Tue., May 10 at Carolina TBD; TBD
* Thu., May 12 and Boston TBD; TBD
* Sat., May 14 at Carolina TBD; TBD

Eastern Conference: (A2) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (A3) Tampa Bay Lightning

data website Time (ET); TV
Mon., May 2 at Toronto 7:30 p.m .; Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports, ESPN2
Wed., May 4 at Toronto 7:30 p.m .; Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports, ESPN2
Fri., May 6 at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m .; TBS, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports
Sun., May 8 at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m .; TBS, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports
* Tue., May 10 at Toronto TBD; TBD
* Thu., May 12 at Tampa Bay TBD; TBD
* Sat., May 14 at Toronto TBD; TBD

Eastern Conference: (M2) New York Rangers vs. (M3) Pittsburgh Penguins

data website Time (ET); TV
Tue., May 3 at New York 7 pm; ESPN, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports
Thu., May 5 at New York 7 pm; TNT, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports
Sat., May 7 at Pittsburgh 7 pm; TNT, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports
Mon., May 9 at Pittsburgh 7 pm; ESPN, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports
* Wed., May 11 at New York TBD; TBD
* Fri., May 13 at Pittsburgh TBD; TBD
* Sun., May 15 at New York TBD; TBD

Western Conference: (C1) Colorado Avalanche vs. (WC2) Nashville Predators

data website Time (ET); TV
Tue., May 3 at Colorado 9:30 p.m .; ESPN, SNE, SN360 (JIP), TVA Sports
Thu., May 5 at Colorado 9:30 p.m .; TNT, SNE, SN360 (JIP), TVA Sports
Sat., May 7 at Nashville 4 pm; TNT, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Mon., May 9 at Nashville 9:30 p.m .; ESPN, SN1, TVA Sports
* Wed., May 11 at Colorado TBD; TBD
* Fri., May 13 at Nashville TBD; TBD
* Sun., May 15 at Colorado TBD; TBD

Western Conference: (P1) Calgary Flames Vs. (WC1) Dallas Stars

data website Time (ET); TV
Tue., May 3 at Calgary 10 pm; Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports, ESPN2
Thu., May 5 at Calgary 10 pm; Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports, TBS
Sat., May 7 and Dallas 9:30 p.m .; TNT, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports
Mon., May 9 and Dallas 9:30 p.m .; TNT, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports
* Wed., May 11 at Calgary TBD; TBD
* Fri., May 13 and Dallas TBD; TBD
* Sun., May 15 at Calgary TBD; TBD

Western Conference: (C2) Minnesota Wild vs. (C3) St. Louis Blues

data website Time (ET); TV
Mon., May 2 at Minnesota 9:30 p.m .; ESPN, SN360, TVA Sports
Wed., May 4 at Minnesota 9:30 p.m .; ESPN, SN360, TVA Sports
Fri., May 6 at St. Louis 9:30 p.m .; TNT, SN360, TVA Sports
Sun., May 8 at St. Louis 4:30 p.m .; TNT, SN360, TVA Sports
* Tue., May 10 at Minnesota TBD; TBD
* Thu., May 12 at St. Louis TBD; TBD
* Sat., May 14 at Minnesota TBD; TBD

Western Conference: (P2) Edmonton Oilers vs. (P3) Los Angeles Kings

data website Time (ET); TV
Mon., May 2 at Edmonton 10 pm; Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports, ESPN2
Wed., May 4 at Edmonton 10 pm; Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports, ESPN2
Fri., May 6 at Los Angeles 10 pm; TBS, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports
Sun., May 8 at Los Angeles 10 pm; TBS, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports
* Tue., May 10 at Edmonton TBD; TBD
* Thu., May 12 at Los Angeles TBD; TBD
* Sat., May 14 at Edmonton TBD; TBD

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