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NHL playoff schedule 2021: Updated bracket, dates, times, TV channels for every Round 2 series

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After a wild, heart-thumping first round, the Stanley Cup playoffs continue with the second round as the four divisions get set to crown their champions.

Eight teams will remain to battle it out for the 2021 Stanley Cup. There are perennial contenders such as the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning and Vegas Golden Knights. The New York Islanders are giving the Nassau Coliseum quite a sendoff in the Old Barn’s last season. It has been 20 years since the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Colorado Avalanche won a Cup; is this their year?

SECOND ROUND: Predictions, picks, odds & series breakdowns for every series

Don’t rule out the Carolina Hurricanes and coach Rod Brind’Amour, a Jack Adams contender. The club last won the Cup 15 years ago and is running on all cylinders. Up north, the Winnipeg Jets have to wait a bit to see who they’ll face. Connor Hellebuyck has been a force between the pipes, and he’ll go up against one of the best backstops at the other end in Montreal’s Carey Price. 

Below is everything you’ll need to know about watching the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs second round, including matchups and series-by-series TV schedules.

NHL playoff bracket 2021

(SN Illustration)

NHL playoffs 2021: TV channels, live stream

The 2021 postseason marks the final year NBC’s family of networks will broadcast the NHL’s journey to the Stanley Cup. Second-round games will be shown across NBC channels in the United States, while in Canada games will be shown on Sportsnet’s channels, CBC and TVA Sports.

MORE: Watch every NHL playoff game on fuboTV (7-day free trial)

How will the NHL playoffs work in 2021?

Here’s a quick overview of how the 2021 postseason will work, with every series being a best of seven:

  • Four teams from each division advanced to the Stanley Cup playoffs. First-round matchups are No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in each division.
  • The first-round winners in each division will face off to determine the division champion.
  • Once the four division winners are crowned, they’ll meet in the Stanley Cup semifinals. Seeding for this round will be based on regular-season point totals.
  • The semifinal winners will meet in the Stanley Cup Final. 

NHL playoffs schedule, results by series

(All times Eastern)

Second round

East Division: (3) Boston Bruins vs. (4) New York Islanders

Date Matchup Time (TV channel)/Results
Sat., May 29 at Boston BOS, 5-2 (BOS leads 1-0)
Mon., May 31 at Boston NYI, 4-3 (OT) (Series tied 1-1)
Thu., June 3 at New York BOS, 2-1 (OT) (BOS leads 2-1)
Sat., June 5 at New York 7:15 p.m. (NBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Mon., June 7 at Boston 6:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SN1, TVA Sports)
*Wed., June 9 at New York TBD
*Fri., June 11 at Boston TBD

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North Division: (3) Winnipeg Jets vs. (4) Montreal Canadiens

Date Matchup Time (TV channel)/Results
Wed., June 2 at Winnipeg MTL, 5-3 (MTL leads 1-0)
Fri., June 4 at Winnipeg MTL, 1-0 (MTL leads 2-0)
Sun., June 6 at Montreal 6 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports)
Mon., June  7 at Montreal 8 p.m. (NHLN, NBCSN (JIP), SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
*Wed., June 9 at Winnipeg TBD
*Fri., June 11 at Montreal TBD
*Sun., June 13 at Winnipeg TBD

Central Division: (1) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (3) Tampa Bay Lightning

Date Matchup Time (TV channel)/Result
Sun., May 30 at Carolina TBL, 2-1 (TBL leads 1-0)
Tue., June 1 at Carolina TBL, 2-1 (TBL leads 2-0)
Thu., June 3 at Tampa Bay CAR, 3-2 (OT) (TBL leads 2-1)
Sat., June 5 at Tampa Bay 4 p.m. (USA, SN, TVA Sports)
Tue., June 8 at Carolina TBD
*Thu., June 10 at Tampa Bay TBD
*Sat., June 12 at Carolina TBD

West Division: (1) Colorado Avalanche vs. (2) Vegas Golden Knights

Date Matchup Time (TV channel)/Results
Sun., May 30 at Colorado COL, 7-1 (COL leads 1-0)
Wed., June 2 at Colorado COL, 3-2 (OT) (COL leads 2-0)
Fri., June 4 at Vegas VGK, 3-2 (COL leads 2-1)
Sun., June 6 at Vegas 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports)
Tue., June 8 at Colorado TBD
*Thu., June 10 at Vegas TBD
*Sat., June 12 at Colorado TBD

* If necessary.

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