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2021 NHL playoff schedule: updated support, dates, times, and TV channels for each semifinal series


Four teams remain as the NHL closes in on crowning the 2021 Stanley Cup champion. Three of them are familiar faces in the third round, which this year has clinched the semifinals.

Defending champion Lightning returns after sending the Hurricanes packing in five games. They face the same team they defeated in last year’s conference final, the Islanders. New York is closing the Nassau Coliseum in style; advanced to the semifinals after a series of 4-2 win over the Bruins.

The Golden Knights are also returning. Vegas lost in last year’s conference final to the Stars and will seek second place in the franchise in the Stanley Cup final in just four years of existence. The new team in the third round is the Canadiens, who last played in the last four in 2014 and lost in six games to the Rangers.

Who will advance to play for the biggest sports trophy?

Below is everything you need to know to watch the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup playoff semifinals, including match-ups and series-by-series television schedules.

2021 NHL Playoff Group

(SN illustration)

2021 NHL Playoffs: TV Channels, Live Stream

The 2021 postseason marks the last year the NBC family of networks will air the NHL’s journey to the Stanley Cup. The third round games will be shown on NBC channels in the United States, while in Canada the games will be shown on the Sportsnet, CBC and TVA Sports channels.

MORE: Watch all NHL playoff games on fuboTV (7-day free trial)

How will the NHL semifinals work in 2021?

The remaining four teams were matched based on their regular season point totals. Vegas finished with 82 points (second in the NHL), followed by Tampa Bay (75), New York (71) and Montreal (69). The winners of the semi-finals will meet in the final of the Stanley Cup.

Montreal will be the first Canadian team to travel south of the border this year when they head to Nevada for Game 1 on June 14. The Canadian government gave its approval to Canadiens and Golden Knights traveling back and forth without facing quarantines. Instead, they will have to travel by private plane, undergo daily tests, and stay in a modified bubble to avoid contact with the public.

NHL playoff schedule, results by series

(All the eastern time)

Semifinal

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders

Date Match Time (TV channel) / Results
Sunday June 13 in tampa bay 3 pm (NBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Tuesday, June 15 in tampa bay 8 pm (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Thursday June 17 In New York 8 pm (US, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Saturday, June 19 In New York 8 pm (US, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
* Monday June 21 in tampa bay 8 pm (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
* Wednesday June 23 In New York 8 pm (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
* Friday June 25 in tampa bay 8 pm (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)

(* If necessary)

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Match Time (TV channel) / Results
Monday June 14 In Las Vegas 9 pm (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Wednesday, June 16 In Las Vegas 9 pm (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Friday June 18 in Montreal 8 pm (US, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Sunday June 20 in Montreal 8 pm (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
* Tuesday June 22 In Las Vegas 9 pm (NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports)
* Thursday June 24 in Montreal 8 pm (US, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
* Saturday June 26 In Las Vegas 8 pm (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)

(* If necessary)




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