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The primary-round schedule of the 2018 NHL playoffs is ready.

This 12 months’s chase for the Stanley Cup begins Wednesday, April 11, with three sequence openers. The 2-time defending champion Penguins host the cross-state rival Flyers to begin their quest for a three-peat in earnest, and the enlargement Golden Knights play their first playoff recreation in franchise historical past.

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On Thursday, April 12, the remaining 5 sequence get below means, highlighted by the Predators and Lightning, two heavy Cup favorites and the high seeds of their respective conferences.

Spherical 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs might final a full 14 days; potential Recreation 7s are scheduled for April 25.

Under is a whole schedule of dates, occasions, broadcast and streaming data for every playoff group. Will probably be up to date all through the postseason.

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Jap Convention | Western Convention | Stanley Cup

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First-round NHL playoff schedule, TV occasions

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(All occasions Jap; * If obligatory)

Jap Convention

Lightning (A1) vs. Devils (WC2)

Recreation 1: Lighting 5, Devils 2
Recreation 2: Lightning 5, Devils three
Recreation three: April 16 at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. (CNBC, SN, fuboTV)
Recreation four: April 18 at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. (Golf Channel, SN, fuboTV)
*Recreation 5: April 21 at Tampa Bay, TBD
*Recreation 6: April 23 at New Jersey, TBD
*Recreation 7: April 25 at Tampa Bay, TBD

Bruins (A2) vs. Maple Leafs (A3)

Recreation 1: Bruins 5, Maple Leafs 1
Recreation 2: Bruins 7, Maple Leafs three
Recreation three: April 16 at Toronto, 7 p.m. (NBCSN, CBC, fuboTV)
Recreation four: April 19 at Toronto, 7 p.m. (NBCSN, CBC, fuboTV)
*Recreation 5: April 21 at Boston, TBD
*Recreation 6: April 23 at Toronto, TBD
*Recreation 7: April 25 at Boston, TBD

Capitals (M1) vs. Blue Jackets (WC1)

Recreation 1: Blue Jackets four, Capitals three (OT)
Recreation 2: Blue Jackets 5, Capitals four (OT)
Recreation three: April 17 at Columbus, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SN360, fuboTV)
Recreation four: April 19 at Columbus, 7:30 p.m. (USA, SN, fuboTV)
*Recreation 5: April 21 at Washington, TBD
*Recreation 6: April 23 at Columbus, TBD
*Recreation 7: April 25 at Washington, TBD

Penguins (M2) vs. Flyers (M3)

Recreation 1: Penguins 7, Flyers zero
Recreation 2: Flyers 5, Penguins 1
Recreation three: Penguins 5, Flyers 1
Recreation four: April 18 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (NBCSN, CBC, fuboTV)
*Recreation 5: April 20 at Pittsburgh, TBD
*Recreation 6: April 22 at Philadelphia, TBD
*Recreation 7: April 24 at Pittsburgh, TBD

Western Convention

Predators (C1) vs. Avalanche (WC2)

Recreation 1: Predators 5, Avalanche 2
Recreation 2: Predators 5, Avalanche four
Recreation three: April 16 at Colorado, 10 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, fuboTV)
Recreation four: April 18 at Colorado, 10 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, fuboTV)
*Recreation 5: April 20 at Nashville, TBD
*Recreation 6: April 22 at Colorado, TBD
*Recreation 7: April 24 at Nashville, TBD

Jets (C2) vs. Wild (C3)

Recreation 1: Jets three, Wild 2
Recreation 2: Jets four, Wild 1
Recreation three: Wild 6, Jets 2
Recreation four: April 17 at Minnesota, eight p.m. (CNBC, SN, fuboTV)
*Recreation 5: April 20 at Winnipeg, TBD
*Recreation 6: April 22 at Minnesota, TBD
*Recreation 7: April 25 at Winnipeg, TBD

Golden Knights (P1) vs. Kings (WC1)

Recreation 1: Golden Knights 1, Kings zero
Recreation 2: Golden Knights 2, Kings 1 (2OT)
Recreation three: Golden Knights three, Kings 2
Recreation four: April 17 at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN, CBC, fuboTV)
*Recreation 5: April 19 at Vegas, 10 p.m. (NBCSN, CBC, fuboTV)
*Recreation 6: April 21 at Los Angeles, TBD
*Recreation 7: April 23 at Vegas, TBD

Geese (P2) vs. Sharks (P3)

Recreation 1: Sharks three, Geese zero
Recreation 2: Sharks three, Geese 2
Recreation three: April 16 at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. (CNBC, SN1, fuboTV)
Recreation four: April 18 at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. (Golf Channel, SN1, fuboTV)
*Recreation 5: April 20 at Anaheim, TBD
*Recreation 6: April 22 at San Jose, TBD
*Recreation 7: April 24 at Anaheim, TBD 



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