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2022 NHL playoffs: First-round schedule, previews, where to watch

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The first full, 82-game NHL season in two years concluded on Friday with 15 games on the schedule and plenty to still be decided heading into Stanley Cup playoffs.

With the dust now settled, here's who's playing who, when they face off and where to watch each first-round series, starting in the Eastern Conference.

Maple Leafs (2) vs. Lightning (3)

Read our series preview here.

Game 1: Lightning @ Maple Leafs — Monday, May 2 (7:30 p.m. ET, CBC, Sportsnet)
Game 2: Lightning @ Maple Leafs — Wednesday, May 4 (7:30 p.m. ET, CBC, Sportsnet)
Game 3: Maple Leafs @ Lightning — Friday, May 6 (7:30 p.m. ET, CBC, Sportsnet)
Game 4: Maple Leafs @ Lightning — Sunday, May 8 (7 p.m. ET, CBC, Sportsnet)
Game 5: Lightning @ Maple Leafs — Tuesday, May 10 (7:30 p.m. ET, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Game 6: Maple Leafs @ Lightning — Thursday, May 12 (7:30 p.m. ET, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Game 7: Lightning @ Maple Leafs — Saturday, May 14 (7 p.m. ET, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)

Panthers (1) vs. Capitals (WC)

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Game 1: Capitals @ Panthers — Tuesday, May 3 (7:30 p.m. ET, SN360, TVA Sports)
Game 2: Capitals @ Panthers — Thursday, May 5 (7:30 p.m. ET, SN360, TVA Sports)
Game 3: Panthers @ Capitals — Saturday, May 7 (1 p.m. ET, Sportsnet, TVA Sports)
Game 4: Panthers @ Capitals — Monday, May 9 (7 p.m. ET, SN1, TVA Sports)
Game 5: Capitals @ Panthers — Wednesday, May 11 (7:30 p.m. ET, TBD)
Game 6: Panthers @ Capitals — Friday, May 13 (7:30 p.m. ET, SN 360, TVA Sports)

Hurricanes (1) vs. Bruins (WC)

Read our series preview here.

Game 1: Bruins @ Hurricanes — Monday, May 2 (7 p.m. ET, SN360, TVA Sports)
Game 2: Bruins @ Hurricanes — Wednesday, May 4 (7 p.m. ET, SN360, TVA Sports)
Game 3: Hurricanes @ Bruins — Friday, May 6 (7 p.m. ET, SN360, TVA Sports)
Game 4: Hurricanes @ Bruins — Sunday, May 8 (12:30 p.m. ET, Sportsnet, TVA Sports)
Game 5: Bruins @ Hurricanes — Tuesday, May 10 (7 p.m. ET, SN360, TVA Sports)
Game 6: Hurricanes @ Bruins — Thursday, May 12 (7 p.m. ET, SN360, TVA Sports)
Game 7: Bruins @ Hurricanes — Saturday, May 14 (4:30 p.m. ET SN360, TVA Sports)

Rangers (2) vs. Penguins (3)

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Game 1: Penguins @ Rangers — Tuesday, May 3 (8 p.m. ET, CBC, Sportsnet)
Game 2: Penguins @ Rangers— Thursday, May 5 (8 p.m. ET, CBC, Sportsnet)
Game 3: Rangers @ Penguins — Saturday, May 7 (8 p.m. ET, CBC, Sportsnet)
Game 4: Rangers @ Penguins — Monday, May 9 (8 p.m. ET, CBC, Sportsnet)
Game 5: Penguins @ Rangers — Wednesday, May 11 (7 p.m. ET, TBD)
Game 6: Rangers @ Penguins — Friday, May 13 (7 p.m. ET, CBC, Sportsnet, TVA Sports)
Game 7: Penguins @ Rangers — Sunday, May 15 (7 p.m. ET, Sportsnet)

Some electric matchups highlight the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, including Toronto-Tampa, Penguins vs. Rangers and more. (Getty)
Some electric matchups highlight the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, including Toronto-Tampa, Penguins vs. Rangers and more. (Getty)

Western Conference

Flames (1) vs. Stars (WC)

Read our series preview here.

Game 1: Stars @ Flames — Tuesday, May 3 (10 p.m. ET, CBC, Sportsnet)
Game 2: Stars @ Flames — Thursday, May 5 (10 p.m. ET, CBC, Sportsnet)
Game 3: Flames @ Stars — Saturday, May 7 (9:30 p.m. ET, CBC, Sportsnet)
Game 4: Flames @ Stars — Monday, May 9 (9:30 p.m. ET, CBC, Sportsnet)
Game 5: Stars @ Flames — Wednesday, May 11 (TBD)
Game 6: Flames @ Stars — Friday, May 13 (9:30 p.m. ET, CBC, Sportsnet, TVA Sports)
Game 7: Stars @ Flames — Sunday, May 15 (9:30 p.m. ET, Sportsnet, TVA Sports)

Oilers (2) vs. Kings (3)

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Game 1: Kings @ Oilers — Monday, May 2 (10 p.m. ET, CBC, Sportsnet)
Game 2: Kings @ Oilers — Wednesday, May 4 (10 p.m. ET, CBC, Sportsnet)
Game 3: Oilers @ Kings — Friday, May 6 (10 p.m. ET, CBC, Sportsnet)
Game 4: Oilers @ Kings — Sunday, May 8 (10 p.m. ET, CBC, Sportsnet)
Game 5: Kings @ Oilers — Tuesday, May 10 (10 p.m. ET, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Game 6: Oilers @ Kings — Thursday, May 12 (10 p.m. ET, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
Game 7: Kings @ Oilers — Saturday, May 14 (10 p.m. ET, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)

Wild (2) vs. Blues (3)

Read our series preview here.

Game 1: Blues @ Wild — Monday, May 2 (9:30 p.m. ET, SN360, TVA Sports)
Game 2: Blues @ Wild — Wednesday, May 4 (9:30 p.m. ET, SN360, TVA Sports)
Game 3: Wild @ Blues — Friday, May 6 (9:30 p.m. ET, SN360, TVA Sports)
Game 4: Wild @ Blues — Sunday, May 8 (4:30 p.m. ET, SN360, TVA Sports)
Game 5: Blues @ Wild — Tuesday, May 10 (9:30 p.m. ET, SN360, TVA Sports 2)
Game 6: Wild @ Blues — Thursday, May 12 (9:30 p.m. ET, SN360, TVA Sports)

Avalanche (1) vs. Predators (WC)

Game 1: Predators @ Avalanche — Tuesday, May 3 (9:30 p.m. ET, SNE, SN360, TVA Sports)
Game 2: Predators @ Avalanche— Thursday, May 5 (9:30 p.m. ET, SNE, SN360, TVA Sports)
Game 3: Avalanche @ Predators — Saturday, May 7 (4:30 p.m. ET, Sportsnet, TVA Sports)
Game 4: Avalanche @ Predators — Monday, May 9 (9:30 p.m. ET, SN1, TVA Sports)

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