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Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round TV Schedule

Our annual guide to what’s on where for the first round of the playoffs.


As is our tradition here at Canes Country, it’s time for the Television Super Schedule for the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Things get underway on Wednesday, April 11 with three games that night. Below is the schedule for the first round, with times and networks listed, so that you can plan your distractions for the next two weeks.

A few notes:

  • Except for a potential Game 5 of the Kings/Golden Knights series, all games after game 4 of each series are listed as TBD. The NHL will determine times and networks depending on what other series are still active. We’ll update the schedule as it changes, so bookmark this page and come back as the series get into the later games.
  • You can also subscribe to this calendar to put it on your mobile device, so you’ll have it easily available. Here’s the iCal address and here’s the HTML address. If you’re loading onto an Apple device, iCal is the way to go. Otherwise, head for the HTML link.
  • If you subscribed last year, this is the same calendar (just with updated information), so you will not need to resubscribe - it will show up automatically.
  • For as long as there are at least two series ongoing, and the times line up (in other words, they can’t do this when the only two games of the night are in the East), NBCSN will have doubleheaders every night. Other games in the first round will air mostly on USA and CNBC, with a few weekend games on NBC, one game of the Lightning/Devils series on NHL Network, and a pair of Game 4s on the Golf Channel (yes, really).
  • This Saturday, April 14, two games are listed as NBC games, both at 3:00. Presumably, NBC will split their feed, sending Eastern Conference markets to Lightning/Devils game 2 and Western Conference ones to Predators/Avalanche game 2, with the opposite game airing on CNBC.
  • Who will be calling Game 1 of each series? Glad you asked:

Enjoy the best time of the year for hockey fans!