2016-17 NHL Playoff Schedule

The 2017 NHL Playoffs get underway on Wednesday night, with five of the eight series’ playing Game 1.

What a difference a season makes. In 2016, none of the Canadian teams qualified for the postseason, for only the second time in League history (along with 1970). This year, five of the seven teams that live north of the border qualified with only the Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks landing on the outside.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are making their second playoff appearance since the 2004-05 lockout. They have not won a playoff series since 2003-04. The Oilers are making their first playoff appearance in a decade. To put that in perspective, Connor McDavid was nine years old the last time the Oilers joined the elimination rounds. While the Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and Calgary Flames are all retuning to the playoffs after missing only last season.

Here’s a look at the full first round schedule as sixteen teams get ready to challenge for the Stanley Cup:

Eastern Conference

Montreal Canadiens (A1) vs. New York Rangers (WC1)

Wednesday, April 12, 7pm: Rangers @ Canadiens at Centre Bell

Friday, April 14, 7pm: Rangers @ Canadiens at Centre Bell

Sunday, April 16, 7pm: Canadiens @ Rangers at Madison Square Garden

Tuesday, April 18, 7pm: Canadiens @ Rangers at Madison Square Garden

*Thursday, April 20, TBD: Rangers @ Canadiens at Centre Bell

*Saturday, April 22, TBD: Canadiens @ Rangers at Madison Square Garden

*Monday, April 24, TBD: Rangers @ Canadiens at Centre Bell

* If necessary

New York Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens playoff tickets available here.

 

Ottawa Senators (A2) vs. Boston Bruins (A3)

Wednesday, April 12, 7pm: Bruins @ Senators at Canadian Tire Centre

Saturday, April 15, 3pm: Bruins @ Senators at Canadian Tire Centre

Monday, April 17, 7pm: Senators @ Bruins at TD Garden

Wednesday, April 19, 7:30pm: Senators @ Bruins at TD Garden

*Friday, April 21, TBD: Bruins @ Senators at Canadian Tire Centre

*Sunday, April 23, TBD: Senators @ Bruins at TD Garden

*Wednesday, April 26, TBD: Bruins @ Senators at Canadian Tire Centre

Boston Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators playoff tickets available here.

 

Washington Capitals (M1) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (WC2)

Thursday, April 13, 7pm: Maple Leafs @ Capitals at Verizon Center

Saturday, April 15, 7pm: Maple Leafs @ Capitals at Verizon Center

Monday, April 17, 7pm: Capitals @ Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre

Wednesday, April 19, 7pm: Capitals @ Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre

*Friday, April 21, TBD: Maple Leafs @ Capitals at Verizon Center

*Sunday, April 23, TBD: Capitals @ Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre

*Tuesday, April 25, TBD: Maple Leafs @ Capitals at Verizon Center

Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs playoff tickets available here.

 

Pittsburgh Penguins (M2) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (M3)

Wednesday, April 12, 7:30pm: Blue Jackets @ Penguins at PPG Paints Arena

Friday, April 14, 7pm: Blue Jackets @ Penguins at PPG Paints Arena

Sunday, April 16, 6pm: Penguins @ Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena

Tuesday, April 18, 7:30pm: Penguins @ Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena

*Thursday, April 20, TBD: Blue Jackets @ Penguins at PPG Paints Arena

*Sunday, April 23, TBD: Penguins @ Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena

*Tuesday, April 25, TBD: Blue Jackets @ Penguins at PPG Paints Arena

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins playoff tickets available here.

 

Western Conference

Chicago Blackhawks (C1) vs. Nashville Predators (WC2)

Thursday, April 13, 8pm: Predators @ Blackhawks at United Center

Saturday, April 15, 8pm: Predators @ Blackhawks at United Center

Monday, April 17, 9:30pm: Blackhawks @ Predators at Bridgestone Arena

Thursday, April 20, TBD: Blackhawks @ Predators at Bridgestone Arena

*Saturday, April 22, TBD: Predators @ Blackhawks at United Center

*Monday, April 24, TBD: Blackhawks @ Predators at Bridgestone Arena

*Wednesday, April 26, TBD: Predators @ Blackhawks at United Center

Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks playoff tickets available here.

 

Minnesota Wild (C2) vs. St. Louis Blues (C3)

Wednesday, April 12, 9:30pm: Blues @ Wild at Xcel Energy Center

Friday, April 14, 8pm: Blues @ Wild at Xcel Energy Center

Sunday, April 16, 3pm: Wild @ Blues at Scottrade Center

Wednesday, April 19, 9:30pm: Wild @ Blues Scottrade Center

*Saturday, April 22, TBD: Blues @ Wild at Xcel Energy Center

*Monday, April 24, TBD: Wild @ Blues Scottrade Center

*Wednesday, April 26, TBD: Blues @ Wild at Xcel Energy Center

St. Louis Blues vs. Minnesota Wild playoff tickets available here.

 

Anaheim Ducks (P1) vs. Calgary Flames (WC1)

Thursday, April 13, 10:30pm: Flames @ Ducks at Honda Center

Saturday, April 15, 10:30pm: Flames @ Ducks at Honda Center

Monday, April 17, 10pm: Ducks @ Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome

Wednesday, April 19, 10pm: Ducks @ Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome

*Friday, April 21, TBD: Flames @ Ducks at Honda Center

*Sunday, April 23, TBD: Ducks @ Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome

*Tuesday, April 25, TBD: Flames @ Ducks at Honda Center

 Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames playoff tickets available here.

 

Edmonton Oilers (P2) vs. San Jose Sharks (P3)

Wednesday, April 12, 10pm: Sharks @ Oilers at Rogers Place

Friday, April 14, 10:30pm: Sharks @ Oilers at Rogers Place

Sunday, April 16, 10pm: Oilers @ Sharks at SAP Center

Tuesday, April 18, 10pm: Oilers @ Sharks at SAP Center

*Thursday, April 20, TBD: Sharks @ Oilers at Rogers Place

*Saturday, April 22, TBD: Oilers @ Sharks at SAP Center

*Monday, April 24, TBD: Sharks @ Oilers at Rogers Place

San Jose Sharks vs. Edmonton Oilers playoff tickets available here.