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NHL Playoffs 2017: When They Start and How to Watch Live Stream Online

Here’s the full playoff schedule for the Stanley Cup, including who’s competing, and how to watch without a TV.

Christopher Pasatieri

The 2016-2017 National Hockey League’s season ended this Sunday, and the Stanley Cup playoffs are almost here. The games begin this Wednesday, April 12, with 16 teams facing off on the ice over the course of the next week.

Wednesday’s first two games are both at 7 p.m. ET. The New York Rangers take on the Montreal Canadiens on their home turf, while the Ottawa Senators and the Boston Bruins face off in Canada.

Later that night, last year’s Stanley Cup winners, the Pittsburgh Penguins, will go head-to-head against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Western conference teams will also compete on Wednesday: at 9:30 p.m. ET, the Minnesota Wild will take on the St. Louis Blues, and the Edmonton Oilers will play against the San Jose Sharks at 10 p.m. ET

The remaining six teams will face off later in the week: on Thursday, the Washington Capitals play the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7 p.m. ET, the Chicago Blackhawks play the Nashville Predators at 8 p.m., and the Anaheim Ducks take on the Calgary Flames at 10 p.m., marking the end of each team’s first playoff game.

How to Watch the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Each of the 16 teams will play multiple games, which will air on several networks: NBC, CNBC, NBCSN, USA, and NHL Network, but accessing these live streams requires a valid login through a cable provider. You can also log on to NBC Sports with your cable provider to watch any of the games.

International viewers can watch games on NHL.TV. Keep in mind that depending on where you live, some games will be blacked out.

We’ve included the full NHL playoffs schedule below, excluding games after April 19, which are yet to be determined and will only be played if necessary:

Wednesday, April 12

7:00 p.m. ET: Montreal Canadiens v. New York Rangers, NBCSN7:00 p.m. ET: Ottawa Senators v. Boston Bruins, NHL Network7:30 p.m. ET: Pittsburgh Penguins v. Columbus Blue Jackets, USA9:30 p.m. ET: Minnesota Wild v. St. Louis Blues, NBCSN10:00 p.m. ET: Edmonton Oilers v. San Jose Sharks, USA

Thursday, April 137:00 p.m. ET: Washington Capitals v. Toronto Maple Leafs, USA8:00 p.m. ET: Chicago Blackhawks v. Nashville Predators, NBCSN10:30 p.m. ET: Anaheim Ducks v. Calgary Flames, NBCSN

Friday, April 14

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7:00 p.m. ET: Montreal Canadiens v. New York Rangers, USA7:00 p.m. ET: Pittsburgh Penguins v. Columbus Blue Jackets, NHL Network8:00 p.m. ET: Minnesota Wild v. St. Louis Blues, NBCSN10:30 p.m. ET: Edmonton Oilers v. San Jose Sharks, NBCSN

Saturday, April 15

3:00 p.m. ET: Ottawa Senators v. Boston Bruins, NBC7:00 p.m. ET: Washington Capitals v. Toronto Maple Leafs, NBCSN8:00 p.m. ET: Chicago Blackhawks v. Nashville Predators, NBC10:30 p.m. ET: Anaheim Ducks v. Calgary Flames, NBCSN

Sunday, April 16

3:00 p.m. ET: Minnesota Wild v. St. Louis Blues, NBC6:00 p.m. ET: Pittsburgh Penguins v. Columbus Blue Jackets, CNBC7:00 p.m. ET: Montreal Canadiens v. New York Rangers, NBCSN10:00 p.m. ET: Edmonton Oilers v. San Jose Sharks, NBCSN

Monday, April 17

7:00 p.m. ET: Ottawa Senators v. Boston Bruins, CNBC7:00 p.m. ET: Washington Capitals v. Toronto Maple Leafs, NBCSN9:30 p.m. ET: Chicago Blackhawks v. Nashville Predators, CNBC10:00 p.m. ET: Anaheim Ducks v. Calgary Flames, NBCSN

Tuesday, April 18

7:00 p.m. ET: Montreal Canadiens v. New York Rangers, NBCSN7:30 p.m. ET: Pittsburgh Penguins v. Columbus Blue Jackets, CNBC10:00 p.m. ET: Edmonton Oilers v. San Jose Sharks, NBCSN

Wednesday, April 19

7:00 p.m. ET: Washington Capitals v. Toronto Maple Leafs, NBCSN7:30 p.m. ET: Ottawa Senators v. Boston Bruins, USA9:30 p.m. ET: Minnesota Wild v. St. Louis Blues, NBCSN10:00 p.m. ET: Anaheim Ducks v. Calgary Flames, USA