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NHL playoff games today: Full TV schedule to watch 2020 Stanley Cup playoff games

Sporting News logo Sporting News 9/28/2020 Jackie Spiegel

It all comes down to one round. The Stanley Cup playoffs are now down to the final two teams, the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning, who will battle it out for the 2020 Stanley Cup.

The playoffs officially began on Aug. 11, and it's been a heart-thumping, speed-and-skill, action-packed time. Now we're just seven games (at the most) away from crowning a champion.

Here's everything to know about watching NHL playoff games in 2020, including a complete TV schedule with start times and channels for every series.

MORE: Watch NHL playoff games live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

NHL playoff games today

Here's the full schedule of NHL playoff games for today:

Monday, Sept. 28

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 6: Lightning vs. Stars 8 p.m. ET NBC, SN, CBC

Check out SN's live scoreboard for stats and more.

How to watch NHL playoff games in USA, Canada

All NHL playoff games will be broadcast to national audiences in the United States and Canada. Depending on your TV provider, you'll be able to watch games on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network and the NHL Network.

In Canada, every game through the end of the final horn of the Stanley Cup Final will be broadcast on Sportsnet or one of its subsidiaries, Sportsnet 1 or Sportsnet 360. CBC will also carry the simulcast for games featuring Canadian franchises, plus a handful of other games.

In addition to TV, you'll be able to stream games on the NBC Sports app where available (cable subscription required) and the following streaming services:

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NHL live streams

Fans who want to take in games for the remainder of the year and are with or without the cord have several options. Bear in mind that blackout restrictions in local markets apply.

  • fuboTV offers a free 7-day trial for new customers, and the streaming service carries every U.S. network that shows NHL postseason games. The monthly subscription price is $54.99.
  • Hulu + Live TV is offering a free week for those who haven't had the service before, before a $54.99 monthly bill rings in. The package includes live sports.
  • If you're in a market with an NBC Sports regional network, both Sling TV and fuboTV are viable options; they carry NBC Sports RSNs.
  • The NBC Sports app is also an option, but keep in mind that out-of-market games will not be covered. Also, a cable subscription is required.

NHL playoff bracket 2020

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NHL schedule 2020

The first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs started Tuesday, Aug. 11 and ended Aug. 21. Round 2 will begin Aug. 22, followed by the conference finals, which are tentatively scheduled for Sept. 8 depending on the second-round outcomes.

The Stanley Cup Final is scheduled to begin Sept. 22 and be completed no later than Oct. 4.

Stanley Cup Final

Saturday, Sept. 19

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Stars vs. Lightning 7:30 p.m. ET NBC, SN, CBC

Monday, Sept. 21

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 2: Stars vs. Lightning 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Wednesday, Sept. 23

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Lightning vs. Stars 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Friday, Sept. 25

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Lightning vs. Stars 8 p.m. ET NBC, SN, CBC

Saturday, Sept. 26

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 5: Stars vs. Lightning 8 p.m. ET NBC, SN, CBC

Monday, Sept. 28

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 6: Lightning vs. Stars 8 p.m. ET NBC, SN, CBC

Wednesday, Sept. 30

Matchup Time TV channel
*Game 7: Stars vs. Lightning 8 p.m. ET NBC, SN, CBC

Conference finals

Sunday, Sept. 6

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Stars vs. Golden Knights 8 p.m. ET NBC, SN, CBC

Monday, Sept. 7

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Islanders vs. Lightning 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Tuesday, Sept. 8

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 2: Stars vs. Golden Knights 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Wednesday, Sept. 9

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 2: Islanders vs. Lightning 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, CBC

Thursday, Sept. 10

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Stars vs. Golden Knights 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Friday, Sept. 11

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Islanders vs. Lightning 8 p.m. ET USA, SN, CBC

Saturday, Sept. 12

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Stars vs. Golden Knights 8 p.m. ET NBC, SN, CBC

Sunday, Sept. 13

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Islanders vs. Lightning 3 p.m. ET NBC, SN, CBC

Monday, Sept. 14

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 5: Stars vs. Golden Knights 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Tuesday, Sept. 15

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 5: Islanders vs. Lightning 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Wednesday, Sept. 16

No games.

Thursday, Sept. 17

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 6: Islanders vs. Lightning 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Round 2

Saturday, Aug. 22

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Avalanche vs. Stars 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Sunday, Aug. 23

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Bruins vs. Lightning 8 p.m. ET NBC, SN
Game 1: Canucks vs. Golden Knights 10:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Monday, Aug. 24

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Islanders vs. Flyers 7 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 2: Stars vs. Avalanche 9:45 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN

Tuesday, Aug. 25

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 2: Bruins vs. Lightning 7 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 2: Canucks vs. Golden Knights 9:45 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Wednesday, Aug. 26

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 2: Islanders vs. Flyers 3 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN
Game 3: Lightning vs. Bruins 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 3: Avalanche vs. Stars 10:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN

Thursday, Aug. 27

All games have been postponed

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Friday, Aug. 28

All games have been postponed

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Saturday, Aug. 29

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Lightning vs. Bruins 12 p.m. ET NBC, SN
Game 3: Flyers vs. Islanders 7 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 3: Golden Knights vs. Canucks 9:45 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Sunday, Aug. 30

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Stars vs. Avalanche 6 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN1, SN360
Game 4: Flyers vs. Islanders 8 p.m. ET NBC, SN, CBC
Game 4: Golden Knights vs. Canucks 10:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Monday, Aug. 31

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 5: Bruins vs. Lightning  7 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN
Game 5: Stars vs. Avalanche 9:45 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN

Tuesday, Sept. 1

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 5: Islanders vs. Flyers 7 p.m. ET NBCSN, CBC
Game 5: Golden Knights vs. Canucks 9:45 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Wednesday, Sept. 2

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 6: Stars vs. Avalanche 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Thursday, Sept. 3

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 6: Islanders vs. Flyers 7 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 6: Golden Knights vs. Canucks 9:45 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Friday, Sept. 4

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 7: Stars vs. Avalanche 4 p.m. ET USA, SN
Game 7: Canucks vs. Golden Knights 9 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Saturday, Sept. 5

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 7: Islanders vs. Flyers 7:30 p.m. ET NBC, CBC

* If necessary.

Round 1

Tuesday, Aug. 11

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Blue Jackets vs. Lightning 3 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN
Game 1: Flames vs. Stars 5:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN
Game 1: Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights 10:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN

Wednesday, Aug. 12

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Hurricanes vs. Bruins 11 a.m. ET NBCSN, SN
Game 1: Islanders vs. Capitals 3 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN
Game 1: Coyotes vs. Avalanche 5:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN
Game 1: Canadiens vs. Flyers 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 1: Canucks vs. Blues 10:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Thursday, Aug. 13

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 2: Blue Jackets vs. Lightning 3 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN
Game 2: Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights 5:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN360
Game 2: Hurricanes vs. Bruins 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 2: Flames vs. Stars 10:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Friday, Aug. 14

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 2: Coyotes vs. Avalanche 2 p.m. ET NHLN, SN, CBC
Game 2: Canadiens vs. Flyers 3 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 2: Canucks vs. Blues 6:30 p.m. ET NHLN, SN
Game 2: Islanders vs. Capitals 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, FX-CA
Game 3: Stars vs. Flames 10:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Saturday, Aug. 15

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Bruins vs. Hurricanes Noon ET NBC, SN
Game 3: Avalanche vs. Coyotes 3 p.m. ET CNBC, SN360
Game 3: Lightning vs. Blue Jackets 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN360
Game 3: Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks 8 p.m. ET NBC, SN, CBC

Sunday, Aug. 16

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Capitals vs. Islanders Noon ET USA, SN360
Game 4: Stars vs. Flames 2 p.m. ET CNBC, SN, CBC
Game 4: Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks 6:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN1
Game 3: Flyers vs. Canadiens 8 p.m. ET NBC, SN, CBC
Game 3: Blues vs. Canucks 10:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN

Monday, Aug. 17

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Lightning vs. Blue Jackets 3 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN
Game 4: Avalanche vs. Coyotes 5:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, FX-CA
Game 4: Bruins vs. Hurricanes 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 4: Blues vs. Canucks 10:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Tuesday, Aug. 18

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Flyers vs. Canadiens 3 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 5: Flames vs. Stars 5:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 4: Capitals vs. Islanders 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN
Game 5: Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights 10:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN

Wednesday, Aug. 19

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 5: Blue Jackets vs. Lightning 12 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN
Game 5: Hurricanes vs. Bruins 4 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN
Game 5: Coyotes vs. Avalanche 5:30 p.m. ET NHLN, NBCSN, SN360
Game 5: Canadiens vs. Flyers 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 5: Canucks vs. Blues 10:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Thursday, Aug. 20

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 5: Islanders vs. Capitals 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 6: Stars vs. Flames 10:30 p.m ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, SN360

Friday, Aug. 21

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 6: Flyers vs. Canadiens 7 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC
Game 6: Blues vs. Canucks 9:45 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC

Joe Rivera contributed to this article.

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