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 regardless of who they’ll play next, they’re soaring. 

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

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 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SN1, TVA Sports)
Thurs., June 3 at New York 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Sat., June 5 at New York 7:15 p.m. (NBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
*Mon., June 7 at Boston TBD
*Wed., June 9 at New York TBD
*Fri., June 11 at Boston TBD

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North Division: (3) Winnipeg Jets vs. (1) Toronto Maple Leafs or (4) Montreal Canadiens

Date Matchup Time (TV channel)/Results
Wed., June 2 TBD 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Fri., June 4 TBD 7:30 p.m. (USA, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Sun., June 6 TBD 6 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports)
Mon., June  7 TBD TBD
*Wed., June 9 TBD TBD
*Fri., June 11 TBD TBD
*Sun., June 13 TBD TBD

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

Date Matchup Time (TV channel)/Result
Sun., May 30 at Carolina 5 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports)
Tues., June 1 at Carolina 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports)
Thurs., June 3 at Tampa Bay 8 p.m. (USA, SN, TVA Sports)
Sat., June 5 at Tampa Bay 4 p.m. (USA, SN, TVA Sports)
*Tues., June 8 at Carolina TBD
*Thurs., 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 8 p.m. (NBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Wed., June 2 at Colorado 10 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Fri., June 4 at Vegas 10 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Sun., June 6 at Vegas 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports)
*Tues., June 8 at Colorado TBD
*Thurs., June 10 at Vegas TBD
*Sat., June 12 at Colorado TBD

* If necessary.

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