The first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs is over, and now the schedule quiets down quite a bit. There will still be hockey on every night, but instead of three and four games a night you’re looking at a maximum of two - and some nights, only one.
Things get underway tonight with two games, Penguins/Capitals at 7:00 and Sharks/Golden Knights at 10. Tomorrow, the Jets and Predators get the night to themselves, and Saturday will see a day-night NBC doubleheader with the first game of Lightning/Bruins followed by game two of Sharks/Knights. Every game, except one, that’s on the schedule right now is on either NBC or NBCSN, so if you had trouble finding USA Network or the Golf Channel, no need to worry.
Here’s the schedule for the second round:
A few notes:
- As usual, games 5-7 of each series are listed as time and network TBD. That said, we can make a few educated guesses: any single-game weeknight with an East game only will have that game start at 7:30 (or maybe 8:00); if the only game of the night is Jets/Predators it will be an 8:00 start, and a Knights/Sharks single game will presumably face off at 9:00. We’ll update the schedule as it changes, so bookmark this page.
- NBC has a national window on Saturdays and Sundays, which will override the above times. If there’s only one game on a weekend, it’s going on NBC in that window (usually 3:00).
- NBC airs the Kentucky Derby on May 5, so assuming Capitals/Penguins gets to a Game 5, it will almost certainly be on NBC after the race. Jets/Preds that night would probably be a 9:30 start, unless Caps/Pens ends in a sweep and it gets bumped up to the NBC slot. (And if both end in a sweep, who knows?)
- Live streaming for every game will be on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
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