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Check out the full schedule for the first round of the playoffs

Victories by the Anaheim Ducks and Philadelphia Flyers locked the first-round playoff series in place, and the schedule for the opening round has been released. Three games will open the post-season Wednesday, and there could be three Game 7s on April 27. Take a look at the full schedule.
The Hockey News

The Hockey News

For the fourth consecutive season, the Ducks have clinched the Pacific Division title and, with the victory, Anaheim has given some clarity to the Western Conference playoff picture. And while the Flyers barely snuck into the playoffs, their victory on the final day of the regular season locked the Eastern Conference matchups, as well.

Anaheim’s victory locked the Ducks’ first-round series against the Nashville Predators into place and bumped the Los Angeles Kings out of top spot in the Pacific and into a first-round meeting with the impressive San Jose Sharks. The West’s other division, the Central, already had its matchups set heading into Sunday, though.

The Central-champion Dallas Stars will take on the Wild in a series that sees the franchise that left the State of Hockey take on the club that filled its place in Minnesota. Meanwhile, the St. Louis Blues will open up with home-ice advantage against the Chicago Blackhawks for the second time in the past three seasons.

As for the East, Philadelphia’s win — or, more accurately, the New York Islanders’ loss — sets the stage for the Eastern Conference’s opening round. The loss by the Islanders has earned them a date with the Atlantic Division-champion Florida Panthers, while the second-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning will host the Detroit Red Wings for the second-straight year.

In the Metropolitan Division, the Washington Capitals, who ran away with the Presidents’ Trophy, will host the surging Flyers to open the playoffs. And because the Islanders lost, the third-seeded New York Rangers will head to Pittsburgh to face the red-hot Penguins to open the playoffs.

The longest the first round can go is until Wednesday, April 27, and there’s potential for three series’ to have Game 7s that evening. Below is the entire first-round schedule. All start times are listed in Eastern Time. Game denoted with an asterisk (*) will only be played if necessary.



Game 1: Islanders at Panthers — Thursday, April 14, 8 p.m.

Game 2: Islanders at Panthers — Friday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.

Game 3: Panthers at Islanders — Sunday, April 17, 8 p.m.

Game 4: Panthers at Islanders — Wednesday, April 20, 8 p.m.

Game 5: Islanders at Panthers — Friday, April 22, TBD*

Game 6: Panthers at Islanders — Sunday, April 24, TBD*

Game 7: Islanders at Panthers — Tuesday, April 26, TBD*


Game 1: Red Wings at Lightning — Wednesday, April 13, 7 p.m.

Game 2: Red Wings at Lightning — Friday, April 15, 7 p.m.

Game 3: Lightning at Red Wings — Sunday, April 17, 7 p.m.

Game 4: Lightning at Red Wings — Tuesday, April 19, 7 p.m.

Game 5: Red Wings at Lightning — Thursday, April 21, TBD*

Game 6: Lightning at Red Wings — Sunday, April 24, TBD*

Game 7: Red Wings at Lightning — Tuesday, April 26, TBD*


Game 1: Flyers at Capitals — Thursday, April 14, 7 p.m.

Game 2: Flyers at Capitals — Saturday, April 16, 7 p.m.

Game 3: Capitals at Flyers — Monday, April 18, 7 p.m.

Game 4: Capitals at Flyers — Wednesday, April 20, 7 p.m.

Game 5: Flyers at Capitals — Friday, April 22, TBD*

Game 6: Capitals at Flyers — Sunday, April 24, TBD*

Game 7: Flyers at Capitals — Wednesday, April 27, TBD*


Game 1: Rangers at Penguins — Wednesday, April 13, 8 p.m.

Game 2: Rangers at Penguins — Saturday, April 16, 3 p.m.

Game 3: Penguins at Rangers — Tuesday, April 19, 7 p.m.

Game 4: Penguins at Rangers — Thursday, April 21, TBD

Game 5: Rangers at Penguins — Saturday, April 23, TBD*

Game 6: Penguins at Rangers — Monday, April 25, TBD*

Game 7: Rangers at Penguins — Wednesday, April 27, TBD*



Game 1: Wild at Stars — Thursday, April 14, 9:30 p.m.

Game 2: Wild at Stars — Saturday, April 16, 8 p.m.

Game 3: Stars at Wild — Monday, April 18, 8:30 p.m.

Game 4: Stars at Wild — Wednesday, April 20, 9:30 p.m.

Game 5: Wild at Stars — Friday, April 22, TBD*

Game 6: Stars at Wild — Sunday, April 24, TBD*

Game 7: Wild at Stars — Tuesday, April 26, TBD*


Game 1: Blackhawks at Blues — Wednesday, April 13, 9:30 p.m.

Game 2: Blackhawks at Blues — Friday, April 15, 8 p.m.

Game 3: Blues at Blackhawks — Sunday, April 17, 3 p.m.

Game 4: Blues at Blackhawks — Tuesday, April 19, 9:30 p.m.

Game 5: Blackhawks at Blues — Thursday, April 21, TBD*

Game 6: Blues at Blackhawks — Saturday, April 23, TBD*

Game 7: Blackhawks at Blues — Monday, April 25, TBD*


Game 1: Predators at Ducks — Friday, April 15, 10:30 p.m.

Game 2: Predators at Ducks — Sunday, April 17, 10:30 p.m.

Game 3: Ducks at Predators — Tuesday, April 19, 9:30 p.m.

Game 4: Ducks at Predators — Thursday, April 21, 8 p.m.

Game 5: Predators at Ducks — Saturday, April 23, TBD*

Game 6: Ducks at Predators — Monday, April 25, TBD*

Game 7: Predators at Ducks — Wednesday, April 27, TBD*


Game 1: Sharks at Kings — Thursday, April 14, 10:30 p.m.

Game 2: Sharks at Kings — Saturday, April 16, 10:30 p.m.

Game 3: Kings at Sharks — Monday, April 18, 10:30 p.m.

Game 4: Kings at Sharks — Wednesday, April 20, 10:30 p.m.

Game 5: Sharks at Kings — Friday, April 22, TBD*

Game 6: Kings at Sharks — Sunday, April 24, TBD*

Game 7: Sharks at Kings — Tuesday, April 26, TBD*


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