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

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

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?

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

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NHL playoffs 2021: TV channels, live stream

  • TV (U.S.): NBC, NBCSN, USA, CNBC, NHLN
  • TV (Canada):  Sportsnet, Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360, CBC, FX, FXX and OMNI
  • Stream (U.S.):  NBC Sports.com  | fuboTV (free trial)
  • Stream (Canada): SN Now , SN NOW+ , NHL Live
  • Playoff results: SN Scoreboard

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

DateMatchupTime (TV channel)/Results
Sat., May 29at BostonBOS, 5-2 (BOS leads 1-0)
Mon., May 31at BostonNYI, 4-3 (OT) (Series tied 1-1)
Thurs., June 3at New York7:30 p.m. (NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Sat., June 5at New York7:15 p.m. (NBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
*Mon., June 7at BostonTBD
*Wed., June 9at New YorkTBD
*Fri., June 11at BostonTBD

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

DateMatchupTime (TV channel)/Results
Wed., June 2at Winnipeg7:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Fri., June 4at Winnipeg7:30 p.m. (USA, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Sun., June 6at Montreal6 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports)
Mon., June  7at MontrealTBD
*Wed., June 9at WinnipegTBD
*Fri., June 11at MontrealTBD
*Sun., June 13at WinnipegTBD

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

DateMatchupTime (TV channel)/Result
Sun., May 30at CarolinaTBL, 2-1 (TBL leads 1-0)
Tues., June 1at Carolina7:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports)
Thurs., June 3at Tampa Bay8 p.m. (USA, SN, TVA Sports)
Sat., June 5at Tampa Bay4 p.m. (USA, SN, TVA Sports)
*Tues., June 8at CarolinaTBD
*Thurs., June 10at Tampa BayTBD
*Sat., June 12at CarolinaTBD

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

DateMatchupTime (TV channel)/Results
Sun., May 30at ColoradoCOL, 7-1 (COL leads 1-0)
Wed., June 2at Colorado10 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Fri., June 4at Vegas10 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Sun., June 6at Vegas8:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports)
*Tues., June 8at ColoradoTBD
*Thurs., June 10at VegasTBD
*Sat., June 12at ColoradoTBD

* If necessary.