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The start of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs is just a few days away.

The NHL’s round robin and qualifying round series concluded Sunday, setting up all eight of the first round matchups. 

The qualifying round was full of surprises. Four of the eight series resulted in upsets, including the No. 12 seeds in both the Eastern Conference and Western Conference winning their matchups against the No. 5 seeds. 

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The round robin didn’t lack unexpected results, either. The Boston Bruins won the Presidents’ Trophy with the league’s best record in the regular season, but they finished at the bottom of the East’s round robin standings after three consecutive losses. The defending champion St. Louis Blues had the best record in the West during the regular season and also struggled in the round robin with a fourth-place finish (1-2-1 record).

Could we see a first-round upset involving one or both of last season’s Stanley Cup finalists? Anything is possible in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Here’s the television schedule for every first-round series. Check back to this article each day for updated schedules and scores for all games (all times ET).

EASTERN CONFERENCE
FIRST ROUND

Philadelphia Flyers (1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (12)
Game 1: Flyers 2, Canadiens 1
Game 2: Friday, Aug. 14 at 3 p.m. — MTL at PHI (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 3: Sunday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. — PHI at MTL (NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 4: Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. — PHI at MTL (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 5*: Wednesday, Aug. 19 at TBD — MTL at PHI (TBD)
Game 6*: Friday, Aug. 21 at TBD — MTL at PHI (TBD)
Game 7*: Sunday, Aug. 23 at TBD — MTL at PHI (TBD)

Tampa Bay Lightning (2) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (9)
Game 1: Lightning 3, Blue Jackets 2 (5OT)
Game 2: Thursday, Aug. 13 at 3 p.m. — CBJ at TBL (NBCSN, SN, TVAS)
Game 3: Saturday, Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m. — TBL at CBJ (NBCSN, SN360, TVAS)
Game 4: Monday, Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. — TBL at CBJ (NBCSN, SN, TVAS)
Game 5*: Wednesday, Aug. 19 at TBD — CBJ at TBL (TBD)
Game 6*: Friday, Aug. 21 at TBD — TBL at CBJ (TBD)
Game 7*: Saturday, Aug. 22 at TBD — CBJ at TBL (TBD)

Washington Capitals (3) vs. New York Islanders (7)
Game 1: Islanders 4, Capitals 2
Game 2: Friday, Aug. 14 at 8 p.m. — NYI at WSH (NBCSN, FX-CA, TVAS)
Game 3: Sunday, Aug. 16 at 12 p.m. — WSH at NYI (USA, SN360, TVAS)
Game 4: Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. — WSH at NYI (NBCSN)
Game 5*: Thursday, Aug. 20 at TBD — NYI at WSH (TBD)
Game 6*: Saturday, Aug. 22 at TBD — WSH at NYI (TBD)
Game 7*: Sunday, Aug. 23 at TBD — NYI at WSH (TBD)

Boston Bruins (4) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (6)
Game 1: Bruins 4, Hurricanes 3 (2OT)
Game 2: Thursday, Aug. 13 at 8 p.m. — CAR at BOS (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 3: Saturday, Aug. 15 at 12 p.m. — BOS at CAR (NBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 4: Monday, Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. — BOS at CAR (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 5*: Wednesday, Aug. 19 at TBD — CAR at BOS (TBD)
Game 6*: Thursday, Aug. 20 at TBD — BOS at CAR (TBD)
Game 7*: Sunday, Aug. 23 at TBD — CAR at BOS (TBD)

WESTERN CONFERENCE
FIRST ROUND

Vegas Golden Knights (1) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (12)
Game 1: Golden Knights 4, Blackhawks 1
Game 2: Thursday, Aug. 13 at 5:30 p.m. — CHI at VGK (NBCSN, SN360, TVAS)
Game 3: Saturday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. — VGK at CHI (NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 4: Sunday, Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. — VGK at CHI (NBCSN, SN1, SN360)
Game 5*: Tuesday, Aug. 18 at TBD — CHI at VGK (TBD)
Game 6*: Thursday, Aug. 20 at TBD — VGK at CHI (TBD)
Game 7*: Saturday, Aug. 22 at TBD — CHI at VGK (TBD)

Colorado Avalanche (2) vs. Arizona Coyotes (11)
Game 1: Avalanche 3, Coyotes 0
Game 2: Friday, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. — ARI at COL (NHLN, SN360, TVAS)
Game 3: Saturday, Aug. 15 at 3 p.m. — COL at ARI (CNBC, SN360, TVAS)
Game 4: Monday, Aug. 17 at 5:30 p.m. — COL at ARI (NBCSN, FX-CA, TVAS)
Game 5*: Wednesday, Aug. 19 at TBD — ARI at COL (TBD)
Game 6*: Friday, Aug. 21 at TBD — COL at ARI (TBD)
Game 7: *Sunday, Aug. 23 at TBD — ARI at COL (TBD)

Dallas Stars (3) vs. Calgary Flames (8)
Game 1: Flames 3, Stars 2
Game 2: Thursday, Aug. 13 at 10:30 p.m. — CGY at DAL (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 3: Friday, Aug. 14 at 10:30 p.m. — DAL at CGY (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 4: Sunday, Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. — DAL at CGY (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 5*: Tuesday, Aug. 18 at TBD — CGY at DAL(TBD)
Game 6*: Thursday, Aug. 20 at TBD — DAL at CGY (TBD)
Game 7*: Saturday, Aug. 22 at TBD — CGY at DAL (TBD)

St. Louis Blues (4) vs. Vancouver Canucks (7)
Game 1: Canucks 5, Blues 2
Game 2: Friday, Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m. — VAN at STL (NHLN, SN, TVAS)
Game 3: Sunday, Aug. 16 at 10:30 p.m. — STL at VAN (CNBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 4: Monday, Aug. 17 at 10:30 p.m. — STL at VAN (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)
Game 5*: Wednesday, Aug. 19 at TBD — VAN at STL (TBD)
Game 6*: Friday, Aug. 21 at TBD — STL at VAN (TBD)
Game 7*: Sunday, Aug. 23 at TBD — VAN at STL (TBD)

*If necessary

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