Stanley Cup Playoffs: Play-in round and round robin schedule

The dates have been set for the first part of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

It’s official. Hockey is planned to get back underway starting on August 1. That’s when the Stanley Cup Playoffs will start with the play-in round and the round-robin tournament for the top four teams in each conference.

Times haven’t been announced yet, but here are the dates for each of the series. Just as a reminder, the Eastern Conference games will be held at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto and the Western Conference games will be held at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

Also, the higher seed is the team on the left. They will be the “home” team for Games 1, 2, and 5. The lower seed will be the home team for Games 3 and 4.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

(5) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (12) Montreal Canadiens

  • Game 1: Saturday, August 1
  • Game 2: Monday, August 3
  • Game 3: Wednesday, August 5
  • Game 4: Friday, August 7
  • Game 5: Saturday, August 8

(6) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (11) New York Rangers

  • Game 1: Saturday, August 1
  • Game 2: Monday, August 3
  • Game 3: Tuesday, August 4
  • Game 4: Thursday, August 6
  • Game 5: Saturday, August 8

(7) New York Islanders vs. (10) Florida Panthers

  • Game 1: Saturday, August 1
  • Game 2: Tuesday, August 4
  • Wednesday, August 5
  • Friday, August 7
  • Sunday, August 9

(8) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (9) Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Game 1: Sunday, August 2
  • Game 2: Tuesday, August 4
  • Game 3: Thursday, August 6
  • Game 4: Friday, August 7
  • Game 5: Sunday, August 9

Round-robin

  • Sunday, August 2: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins
  • Monday, August 3: Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Wednesday, August 5: Lightning vs. Bruins
  • Thursday, August 6: Capitals vs. Flyers
  • Saturday, August 8: Bruins vs. Capitals
  • Sunday, August 9: Flyers vs. Lightning

WESTERN CONFERENCE

(5) Edmonton Oilers vs. (12) Chicago Blackhawks

  • Game 1: Saturday, August 1
  • Game 2: Monday, August 3
  • Game 3: Wednesday, August 5
  • Game 4: Friday, August 7
  • Game 5: Saturday, August 8

(6) Nashville Predators vs. (11) Arizona Coyotes

  • Game 1: Sunday, August 2
  • Game 2: Tuesday, August 4
  • Game 3: Wednesday, August 5
  • Game 4: Friday, August 7
  • Game 5: Sunday, August 9

(7) Vancouver Canucks vs. (10) Minnesota Wild

  • Sunday, August 2
  • Tuesday, August 4
  • Thursday, August 6
  • Friday, August 7
  • Sunday, August 9

(8) Calgary Flames vs. (9) Winnipeg Jets

  • Saturday, August 1
  • Monday, August 3
  • Tuesday, August 4
  • Thursday, August 6
  • Saturday, August 8

Round-robin

  • Sunday, August 2: St. Louis Blues vs. Colorado Avalanche
  • Monday, August 3: Dallas Stars vs. Vegas Golden Knights
  • Wednesday, August 5: Avalanche vs. Stars
  • Thursday, August 6: Golden Knights vs. Blues
  • Saturday, August 8: Golden Knights vs. Avalanche
  • Sunday, August 9: Stars vs. Blues
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Everything’s slated to start in August. There are going to be some exhibition games beforehand. Training camps start soon. It’s official, folks. Hockey is back!