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NHL Postseason Start Times Announced

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The NHL has announced start times for the first three games each Qualifying Round best-of-five series, as well as for some of the round-robin games to determine the top four seeds in the Eastern and Western Conferences, with training camps underway and the 2020 postseason tournament set to begin Aug. 1.

Qualifying Round games well begin Aug. 1, with Eastern Conference games at Scotiabank Place in Toronto and Western Conference games at Rogers Place in Edmonton. These games will feature the fifth-through-12th seeds facing off in best-of-five series for the right to advance to the round of 16.

From that point on the playoffs will assume the normal best-of-seven format going forward, with the tams being re-seeded for each round. That means the highest-remaining seed will always face the lowest-remaining seed as the teams advance.

Round-robin games to determine the top-four seeds in each conference begin on Aug. 2 at the same locations. 

Below are the games that have been assigned start times. All times are Eastern. Television coverage will be announced later.

 

Saturday, Aug. 1

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Best-of-5 series

New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes, Game 1, 12 p.m. 
Florida Panthers at New York Islanders, Game 1, 4 p.m. 
Montreal Canadiens at Pittsburgh Penguins, Game 1, 8 p.m. 

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Best-of-5 series

Chicago Blackhawks at Edmonton Oilers, Game 1, 3 p.m. 
Winnipeg Jets at. Calgary Flames, Game 1, 10:30 p.m. 

 

Sunday, Aug. 2

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Round-robin

Philadelphia Flyers at. Boston Bruins, 3 p.m. 

Best-of-5 series

Columbus Blue Jackets at Toronto Maple Leafs, Game 1, 8 p.m. 

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Best-of-5 series

Arizona Coyotes at Nashville Predators, Game 1, 2 p.m.

Round-robin

St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche, 6:30 p.m. 

Best-of-5 series

Minnesota Wild at Vancouver Canucks, Game 1, 10:30 p.m, 

 

Monday, Aug. 3

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Best-of-5 series

New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes, Game 2, 12 p.m. 

Round-robin

Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning, 4 p.m. 

Best-of-5 series

Montreal Canadiens at Pittsburgh Penguins, Game 2, 8 p.m. 

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Best-of-5 series

Winnipeg Jets at Calgary Flames, Game 2, 2:30 p.m. 

Round-robin

Dallas Stars at Vegas Golden Knights, 6:30 p.m. 

Best-of-5 series

Chicago Blackhawks at Edmonton Oilers, Game 2, 10:30 p.m. 

 

Tuesday, Aug. 4

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Best-of-5 series

Florida Panthers at New York Islanders, Game 2, 12 p.m. 
Columbus Blue Jackets at Toronto Maple Leafs, Game 2, 4 p.m. 
Carolina Hurricanes at New York Rangers, Game 3, 8 p.m. 

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Best-of-5 series

Arizona Coyotes at Nashville Predators, Game 2, 2:30 p.m.
Calgary Flames at. Winnipeg Jets, Game 3, 6:45 p.m.
Minnesota Wild at Vancouver Canucks, Game 2, 10:45 p.m. 

 

Wednesday, Aug. 5

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Best-of-5 series

New York Islanders at Florida Panthers, Game 3, 12 p.m. ET

Round-robin

Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins, 4 p.m. 

Best-of-5 series

Pittsburgh Penguins at Montreal Canadiens, Game 3, 8 p.m. ET

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Best-of-5 series

Nashville Predators at Arizona Coyotes, Game 3, 2:30 p.m. 

Round-robin

Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars, 6:30 p.m, 

Best-of-5 series

Edmonton Oilers at Chicago Blackhawks, Game 3, 10:30 p.m. 

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