Dates, Times, TV and Results


The Tampa Bay Lightning must hit the road as they try to win a third straight Stanley Cup.

Last year, they had to beat the home advantage of the Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes en route to a repeat.

This year, they finished third in the Atlantic Division and will start at the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Other Eastern Conference first-round series are Florida-Washington, Carolina-Boston and New York Rangers-Pittsburgh.

In the Western Conference, it will be Colorado-Nashville, Calgary-Dallas, Minnesota-St. Louis and Edmonton-Los Angeles.

Here’s the complete schedule for the first round of the NHL playoffs (all series best-of-seven, times ET, *-if needed):

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos hoists the Stanley Cup after a 1-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 of the 2021 Stanley Cup Finals.

(all Eastern times)

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Florida Panthers vs. Washington Capitals

Tuesday, May 3: Capitals at Panthers, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2

Thursday, May 5: Capitals at Panthers, 7:30 p.m., TBS

Saturday May 7: Panthers at Capitals, 1, ESPN

Monday, May 9: Panthers at Capitals, 7, TBS

*Wednesday May 11: Capitals at Panthers, TBD

*Friday, May 13: Panthers at Capitals, Friday, TBD

*Sunday May 15: Capitals at Panthers, TBD

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins

Monday, May 2: Bruins at Hurricanes, 7, ESPN

Wednesday, May 4: Bruins at Hurricanes, 7, ESPN

Friday, May 6: Hurricanes at the Bruins, 7, TNT

Sunday, May 8: Hurricanes at Bruins, 12:30 p.m., ESPN

*Tuesday May 10: Bruins at Hurricanes, TBD

*Thursday May 12: Hurricanes in Bruins, TBD

*Saturday May 14: Bruins at Hurricanes, TBD

New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Tuesday, May 3: Penguins at Rangers, 7, ESPN

Thursday May 5: Penguins at Rangers, 7, TNT

Saturday May 7: Rangers at Penguins, 7, TNT

Monday, May 9: Rangers at Penguins, 7, ESPN

*Wednesday May 11: Penguins at Rangers, TBD

*Friday May 13: Rangers at Penguins, TBD

*Sunday May 15: Penguins at Rangers, TBD

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Monday, May 2: Lightning at Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2

Wednesday, May 4: Lightning at Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2

Friday, May 6: Maple Leafs at Lightning, 7:30 p.m., TBS

Sunday, May 8: Maple Leafs at Lightning, 7, TBS

*Tuesday, May 10: Lightning at the Maple Leafs, to be determined

*Thursday, May 12: Maple Leafs at Lightning, TBD

*Saturday May 14: Lightning at the Maple Leafs, TBD

Western Conference

Colorado Avalanche vs. Nashville Predators

Tuesday, May 3: Predators at Avalanche, 9:30 p.m., ESPN

Thursday, May 5: Predators at Avalanche, 9:30 a.m., TNT

Saturday May 7: Avalanche at Predators, 4:30 p.m., TNT

Monday, May 9: Avalanche at Predators, 9:30 p.m., ESPN

*Wednesday, May 11: Predators at Avalanche, to be determined

*Friday May 13: Avalanche at Predators, to be determined

*Sunday May 15: Predators at Avalanche, to be determined

Calgary Flames vs. Dallas Stars

Tuesday, May 3: Stars at Flames, 10, ESPN2

Thursday May 5: Stars at Flames, 10, TBS

Saturday May 7: Flames at Stars, 9:30 p.m., TNT

Monday, May 9: Flames at Stars, 9:30 p.m., TBS

*Wednesday May 11: Stars at Flames, TBD

*Friday May 13: Flames at Stars, TBD

*Sunday May 15: Stars at Flames, TBD

Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues

Monday, May 2: Blues at Wild, 9:30 p.m., ESPN

Wednesday, May 4: Blues at Wild, 9:30 p.m., ESPN

Friday May 6: Wild at Blues, 9:30 p.m., TNT

Sunday, May 8: Wild at Blues, 4:30 p.m. ET, TBS

*Tuesday May 10: Blues at Wild, to be determined

*Thursday May 12: Wild at Blues, TBD

*Saturday May 14: Blues at Wild, to be determined

Edmonton Oilers vs. Los Angeles Kings

Monday, May 2: Kings at Oilers, 10, ESPN2

Wednesday, May 4: Kings at Oilers, 10, ESPN2

Friday, May 6: Oilers at Kings, 10, TBS

Sunday, May 8: Oilers at Kings, 10, TBS

*Tuesday, May 10: Kings at Oilers, TBD

*Thursday, May 12: Oilers at Kings, TBD

*Saturday May 14: Kings at Oilers, TBD

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NHL 2022 playoffs: Dates, time, TV, results in quest for Stanley Cup

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