NHL playoffs schedule 2024: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for every series

Buckle up, folks. The best time of the hockey year is finally here — the Stanley Cup playoffs. 

The 2024 edition of hockey’s postseason is set to kick off with 16 teams eyeing Lord Stanley’s Cup. There are plenty of intriguing storylines right off the bat in the first round, and there is certainly no shortage of star power. 

Can the Golden Knights repeat as Stanley Cup champions? Is this the year Connor McDavid and the Oilers raise the Cup? Can the Rangers break the Presidents’ Trophy curse?

MORE: Watch the 2024 NHL playoffs on ESPN with Fubo

The Sporting News has the full schedule for every conference final series of the 2023 NHL playoffs. 

You can see the latest 2024 Stanley Cup odds at BetMGM.

NHL playoffs schedule 2024

First Round

Eastern Conference: (A1) Florida Panthers vs. (WC1) Tampa Bay Lightning

Date Game/Result Site Time (ET) TV Channel
Sunday, April 21 1 at Florida 12:30 p.m. ESPN, SN, TVAS
Tuesday, April 23 2 at Florida 7:30 p.m. ESPN2, SN360, TVAS
Thursday, April 25 3 at Tampa Bay 7 p.m. TBS, SN, TVAS
Saturday, April 27 4 at Tampa Bay 5 p.m. TBS, truTV, SNE, SNW, SNP, TVAS
Monday, April 29 5* at Florida TBD TBD
Wednesday, April 1 6* at Tampa Bay TBD TBD
Saturday, May 4 7* at Florida TBD TBD

Eastern Conference: (A2) Boston Bruins vs. (A3) Toronto Maple Leafs

Date Game/Result Site Time (ET) TV Channel
Saturday, April 20 1 at Boston 8 p.m. TBS, truTV, SN, CBC, TVAS
Monday, April 22 2 at Boston 7 p.m. ESPN, SN, CBC, TVAS
Wednesday, April 24 3 at Toronto 7 p.m. ESPN, SN, CBC, TVAS
Saturday, April 27 4 at Toronto 8 p.m. TBS, truTV, SN, CBC, TVAS
Tuesday, April 30 5* at Boston TBD TBD
Thursday, May 2 6* at Toronto TBD TBD
Saturday, May 4 7* at Boston TBD TBD

Eastern Conference: (M1) New York Rangers vs. (WC2) Washington Capitals

Date Game/Result Site Time (ET) TV Channel
Sunday, April 21 1 at New York 3 p.m. ESPN, SN TVAS
Tuesday, April 23 2 at New York 7 p.m. ESPN, SNE, SNO, SNW, TVAS
Friday, April 26 3 at Washington 7 p.m. TNT, truTV, SN360, TVAS
Sunday, April 28 4 at Washington 8 p.m. TBS, truTV, SNE, SNO, SNP, SN360, TVAS
Tuesday, April 30 5* at New York TBD TBD
Thursday, May 2 6* at Washington TBD TBD
Sunday, May 5 7* at New York TBD TBD

Eastern Conference: (M2) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (M3) New York Islanders

Date Game/Result Site Time (ET) TV Channel
Saturday, April 20 Hurricanes 3, Islanders 1 at Carolina 5 p.m. TBS, truTV, SNE, SNW, SNP, SN260, TVAS
Monday, April 22 2 at Carolina 7:30 p.m. ESPN2, SN360, TVAS
Thursday, April 25 3 at New York 7:30 p.m. ESPN2, SN360, TVAS
Saturday, April 27 4 at New York 2 p.m. TBS, truTV, SN, TVAS
Tuesday, April 30 5* at Carolina TBD TBD
Thursday, May 2 6* at New York TBD TBD
Saturday, May 4 7* at Carolina TBD TBD

Western Conference: (C1) Dallas Stars vs. (WC2) Vegas Golden Knights

Date Game/Result Site Time (ET) TV Channel
Monday, April 22 1 at Dallas 9:30 p.m. ESPN, SN360, TVAS
Wednesday, April 24 2 at Dallas 9:30 p.m. ESPN, SN360, TVAS
Saturday, April 27 3 at Vegas 10:30 p.m. TBS, truTV, SN, SN360, TVAS
Monday, April 29 4 at Vegas TBD TBD
Wednesday, May 1 5* at Dallas TBD TBD
Friday, May 3 6* at Vegas TBD TBD
Sunday, May 5 7* at Dallas TBD TBD

Western Conference: (C2) Winnipeg Jets vs. (C3) Colorado Avalanche

Date Game/Result Site Time (ET) TV Channel
Sunday, April 21 1 at Winnipeg 7 p.m. ESPN2, SN, TVAS
Tuesday, April 23 2 at Winnipeg 9:30 p.m. ESPN, CBC, TVAS
Friday, April 26 3 at Colorado 10 p.m. TNT, truTV, CBC, TVAS
Sunday, April 28 4 at Colorado 2:30 p.m. TNT, truTV, SN, TVAS
Tuesday, April 30 5* at Winnipeg TBD TBD
Thursday, May 2 6* at Colorado TBD TBD
Saturday, May 4 7* at Winnipeg TBD TBD

Western Conference: (P1) Vancouver Canucks vs. (WC1) Nashville Predators

Date Game/Result Site Time (ET) TV Channel
Sunday, April 21 1 at Vancouver 10 p.m. ESPN, SN, SN360, TVAS
Tuesday, April 23 2 at Vancouver 10 p.m. ESPN2, SN, TVAS
Friday, April 26 3 at Nashville 7:30 p.m. TBS, SN, TVAS
Sunday, April 28 4 at Nashville 5 p.m. TBS, truTV, SN, TVAS
Tuesday, April 30 5* at Vancouver TBD TBD
Friday, May 3 6* at Nashville TBD TBD
Sunday, May 5 7* at Vancouver TBD TBD

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

Date Game/Result Site Time (ET) TV Channel
Monday, April 22 1 at Edmonton 10 p.m. ESPN2, SN, CBC, TVAS
Wednesday, April 24 2 at Edmonton 10 p.m. TBS, SN, CBS, TVAS
Friday, April 26 3 at Los Angeles 10:30 p.m. TBS, SN, TVAS
Sunday, April 28 4 at Los Angeles 10:30 p.m. TBS, truTV, SN, SN1, TVAS
Wednesday, May 1 5* at Edmonton TBD TBD
Friday, May 3 6* at Los Angeles TBD TBD
Sunday, May 5 7* at Edmonton TBD TBD

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What channel is the 2024 NHL playoffs on?

  • TV channel (U.S.): ESPN, ABC, TNT, TBS
  • TV channel (Canada): Sportsnet, CBC

The NHL playoffs will be split in the United States between the ESPN family of networks and the Turner networks. The two media corporations are in the third year of their seven-year contracts with the league. 

In the first round, Saturday night games will air on ABC. Other first-round contests may air on ESPN and TNT’s other channels, such as ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews, TBS, or TruTV. 

ESPN and TNT are splitting the second-round series, as well as the conference final. Since TNT aired the Stanley Cup Final last year, it’s back to ESPN in 2024. 

In Canada, all the playoff games will be aired on Sportsnet and CBC. 

How to stream the 2024 NHL playoffs

  • Live stream (U.S.): ESPN+, SlingTV, Fubo
  • Live stream (Canada): SN NOW, CBC Gem

Fans in the United States looking to stream the NHL playoffs have options. Games on ESPN’s platforms can be streamed through ESPN+ or through Fubo, while those on TNT can be streamed through the TNT app and SlingTV

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For the Canadian audience, games on Sportsnet are available to stream on SN NOW. Any contests on CBC can be streamed through CBC Gem. 

How many rounds are in the NHL playoffs?

There are four rounds in the Stanley Cup playoffs — first round, second round, conference finals, and finals. 

In the first round, the top team in the conference plays the second wild-card team. The other division winner takes on the other wild-card team. The No. 2 team from a division plays the No. 3 team from the same division.

After that, the teams do not get reseeded in the second round. Rather, the series winner with the No. 2 and No. 3 teams for a division plays the winner of the series, and their division winner plays the wild card team.

For example, for this postseason, let’s say the Bruins, Maple Leafs, and Lightning place first through third in the Atlantic in that order. The winner of the Bruins’ first-round series against the wild-card team faces the winner of the Maple Leafs-Lightning matchup. 

Then, the last two teams in each conference square off in the conference finals. Each conference winner then gets to fight for the Stanley Cup in the finals. 

How many games are in a series?

Every series, no matter the round, will play a best-of-seven series, meaning the first team to win four games advances to the next round. 

Each series is played in a 2–2–1–1–1 format, which means the team with the better record plays Games 1, 2, 5, and 7 at its home arena, while its opponent hosts Games 3, 4, and 6. Only the first four games in the series are guaranteed, with Games 5, 6, and 7 played if necessary. 

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