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What to Expect from NHL Playoff Schedule: Will It Stream on ESPN+, HBO Max?

Jason Gurwin

Update 4/30/22: This post has been updated with the official TV schedule. Some time slots of games have slightly shifted with official matchups.

The 2021-22 NHL season had plenty of changes when it came to watching games with two new media partners: ESPN and TNT. While during the regular season most of ESPN’s broadcasts were exclusively available on ESPN+/Hulu and Turner’s were on TNT, that won’t be the case during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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During the first two rounds of the postseason, there won’t be any games broadcast on ESPN+. Starting with the Conference Finals, select games will air on ABC, which will be simulcast on ESPN+. The Disney broadcast network and streaming service will also carry the Stanley Cup Finals.

Unlike the regular season, games aired by Turner won’t only air on TNT. With multiple games per night, about half of them will be broadcasting TBS. TNT will also be the home to one of the Conference Final matchups, but won’t carry the Stanley Cup Final until next season.

While their new deal with the NHL gives them rights to stream games on HBO Max, Turner confirmed to The Streamable that postseason games won’t be available to stream on HBO Max during the 2022 NHL Playoffs. However, those with a cable, satellite, or subscription to a Live TV Streaming Service, will be able to use their TV Everywhere credentials to watch all of TNT and TBS games via the WatchTNT app.

You will be able to stream all the games with a DIRECTV STREAM, Hulu Live TV, and YouTube TV. But, the least expensive way will be a subscription to Sling TV, which offers ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, & TBS in their Sling Orange Plan.

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How Will the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoff Coverage Breakdown By Network?

Starting on May 2, ESPN/ESPN2 will air their coverage of the first two rounds of the NHL Playoffs. Turner’s coverage of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, won’t debut until May 5. This means that for the first five nights of the playoff schedule, all games will either be only ESPN or Turner networks, depending on the given night.

During the first weekend of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, ESPN will air an early game (12:30- 1:00 p.m.), while TNT/TBS will carry the rest of the coverage.

Games will also air on your local regional sports network (RSN), but — unlike during the regular season — customers in a team’s local market will be able to choose between either the local or national telecast without blackout restrictions.

2022 NHL Playoffs First Round Playoff TV Schedule (all times Eastern)

  • Monday, May 2: ESPN (7:00 and 9:30 p.m.) and ESPN2 (7:30 and 10:00 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, May 3: ESPN (7:00 and 9:30 p.m.) and ESPN2 (7:30 and 10:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, May 4: ESPN (7:00 and 9:30 p.m.) and ESPN2 (7:30 and 10:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, May 5: TNT (7:00 and 9:30 p.m.) and TBS (7:30 and 10:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, May 6: TNT (7:00 and 9:30 p.m.) and TBS (7:30 and 10:00 p.m.)
  • Saturday, May 7: ESPN (1:00 p.m.) | TNT (4:30, 7:00, 10:00 p.m.)
  • Sunday, May 8: ESPN (12:30 p.m.) | TBS (4:30, 7:00, and 9:30 p.m.)
  • Monday, May 9: ESPN (7:00 and 9:30 p.m.) | TBS (7:30 and 10:00 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, May 10: ESPN (7:00 and 9:30 p.m.) and ESPN2 (7:30 and 10:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, May 11: ESPN (7:00 and 9:30 p.m.) and ESPN2 (7:30 and 10:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, May 12: TNT (7:30 and 10:00 p.m.) and TBS (9:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, May 13: TNT (7:30 and 10:00 p.m.) and TBS (9:00 p.m.)
  • Saturday, May 14: ESPN (1:00, 3:30, 7:00 p.m.)

Subject to change based on matchups and outcomes of series

Overall, the TV schedule looks a bit different this year. The NHL is bringing back one of the best features of “The Bubble Playoffs” era -– no two games will start at the same time, which means that there should always be NHL action for fans to watch, even when one game is at intermission.

That means that there will be some changes to time slots from past seasons. ESPN games will start at 7:00 p.m. ET (with a second game on ESPN2 30 minutes later), while TNT will start games at 7:00 p.m. ET (with a second game on TBS 30 minutes later).

During the weekend, ESPN will air its afternoon games at 12:30 & 1:00 p.m. ET, while TNT and TBS will air contests starting at 4:30 p.m. ET.

While the schedule may shift slightly due to matchups and how long individual series last, one thing is for sure — for the first two weeks of May, there will be a lot of hockey to tune in to.

Full NHL Playoff TV Schedule

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First Round: Game 1

Carolina Hurricanes v. Boston Bruins
Mon, May 2 at 7:00 PM
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First Round: Game 1

Toronto Maple Leafs v. Tampa Bay Lightning
Mon, May 2 at 7:30 PM
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First Round: Game 1

Minnesota Wild v. St. Louis Blues
Mon, May 2 at 9:30 PM
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Edmonton Oilers v. Los Angeles Kings
Mon, May 2 at 10:00 PM
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First Round: Game 1

New York Rangers v. Pittsburgh Penguins
Tue, May 3 at 7:00 PM
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First Round: Game 1

Florida Panthers v. Washington Capitals
Tue, May 3 at 7:30 PM
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First Round: Game 1

Colorado Avalanche v. Nashville Predators
Tue, May 3 at 9:30 PM
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First Round: Game 1

Calgary Flames v. Dallas Stars
Tue, May 3 at 10:00 PM
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First Round: Game 2

Carolina Hurricanes v. Boston Bruins
Wed, May 4 at 7:00 PM
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First Round: Game 2

Toronto Maple Leafs v. Tampa Bay Lightning
Wed, May 4 at 7:30 PM
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First Round: Game 2

Minnesota Wild v. St. Louis Blues
Wed, May 4 at 9:30 PM
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First Round: Game 2

Edmonton Oilers v. Los Angeles Kings
Wed, May 4 at 10:00 PM
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First Round: Game 2

New York Rangers v. Pittsburgh Penguins
Thu, May 5 at 7:00 PM
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First Round: Game 2

Florida Panthers v. Washington Capitals
Thu, May 5 at 7:30 PM
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First Round: Game 2

Colorado Avalanche v. Nashville Predators
Thu, May 5 at 9:30 PM
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First Round: Game 2

Calgary Flames v. Dallas Stars
Thu, May 5 at 10:00 PM
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First Round: Game 3

Boston Bruins v. Carolina Hurricanes
Fri, May 6 at 7:00 PM
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First Round: Game 3

Tampa Bay Lightning v. Toronto Maple Leafs
Fri, May 6 at 7:30 PM
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First Round: Game 3

St. Louis Blues v. Minnesota Wild
Fri, May 6 at 9:30 PM
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First Round: Game 3

Los Angeles Kings v. Edmonton Oilers
Fri, May 6 at 10:00 PM
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First Round: Game 3

Washington Capitals v. Florida Panthers
Sat, May 7 at 1:00 PM
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First Round: Game 3

Nashville Predators v. Colorado Avalanche
Sat, May 7 at 4:30 PM
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First Round: Game 3

Pittsburgh Penguins v. New York Rangers
Sat, May 7 at 7:00 PM
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First Round: Game 3

Dallas Stars v. Calgary Flames
Sat, May 7 at 9:30 PM
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First Round: Game 4

Boston Bruins v. Carolina Hurricanes
Sun, May 8 at 12:30 PM
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First Round: Game 4

St. Louis Blues v. Minnesota Wild
Sun, May 8 at 4:30 PM
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First Round: Game 4

Tampa Bay Lightning v. Toronto Maple Leafs
Sun, May 8 at 7:00 PM
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First Round: Game 4

Los Angeles Kings v. Edmonton Oilers
Sun, May 8 at 10:00 PM
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First Round: Game 4

Washington Capitals v. Florida Panthers
Mon, May 9 at 7:00 PM
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First Round: Game 4

Pittsburgh Penguins v. New York Rangers
Mon, May 9 at 7:00 PM
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First Round: Game 4

Nashville Predators v. Colorado Avalanche
Mon, May 9 at 9:30 PM
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First Round: Game 4

Dallas Stars v. Calgary Flames
Mon, May 9 at 9:30 PM
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First Round: Game 5

Carolina Hurricanes v. Boston Bruins
Tue, May 10 at 7:00 PM
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First Round: Game 5

Toronto Maple Leafs v. Tampa Bay Lightning
Tue, May 10 at 7:30 PM
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First Round: Game 5

Minnesota Wild v. St. Louis Blues
Tue, May 10 at 9:30 PM
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First Round: Game 5

Edmonton Oilers v. Los Angeles Kings
Tue, May 10 at 10:00 PM
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First Round: Game 5

New York Rangers v. Pittsburgh Penguins
Wed, May 11 at 7:00 PM
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First Round: Game 5

Florida Panthers v. Washington Capitals
Wed, May 11 at 7:30 PM
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First Round: Game 5

Calgary Flames v. Dallas Stars
Wed, May 11 at 9:30 PM
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First Round: Game 6

Boston Bruins v. Carolina Hurricanes
Thu, May 12 at 7:00 PM
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First Round: Game 6

Tampa Bay Lightning v. Toronto Maple Leafs
Thu, May 12 at 7:30 PM
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First Round: Game 6

St. Louis Blues v. Minnesota Wild
Thu, May 12 at 9:30 PM
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First Round: Game 6

Los Angeles Kings v. Edmonton Oilers
Thu, May 12 at 10:00 PM
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First Round: Game 6

Pittsburgh Penguins v. New York Rangers
Fri, May 13 at 7:00 PM
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First Round: Game 6

Washington Capitals v. Florida Panthers
Fri, May 13 at 7:30 PM
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First Round: Game 6

Dallas Stars v. Calgary Flames
Fri, May 13 at 9:30 PM
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First Round: Game 7

Carolina Hurricanes v. Boston Bruins
Sat, May 14 at 4:30 PM
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First Round: Game 7

Toronto Maple Leafs v. Tampa Bay Lightning
Sat, May 14 at 7:00 PM
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First Round: Game 7

Edmonton Oilers v. Los Angeles Kings
Sat, May 14 at 10:00 PM
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First Round: Game 7

New York Rangers v. Pittsburgh Penguins
Sun, May 15 at 7:00 PM
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First Round: Game 7

Calgary Flames v. Dallas Stars
Sun, May 15 at 9:30 PM
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Second Round: Game 1

Florida Panthers v. Tampa Bay Lightning
Tue, May 17 at 7:00 PM
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Second Round: Game 1

Colorado Avalanche v. St. Louis Blues
Tue, May 17 at 9:30 PM
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Second Round: Game 1

Carolina Hurricanes v. New York Rangers
Wed, May 18 at 7:00 PM
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Second Round: Game 1

Calgary Flames v. Edmonton Oilers
Wed, May 18 at 9:30 PM
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Second Round: Game 2

Florida Panthers v. Tampa Bay Lightning
Thu, May 19 at 7:00 PM
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Second Round: Game 2

Colorado Avalanche v. St. Louis Blues
Thu, May 19 at 9:30 PM
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Second Round: Game 2

Carolina Hurricanes v. New York Rangers
Fri, May 20 at 8:00 PM
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Second Round: Game 2

Calgary Flames v. Edmonton Oilers
Fri, May 20 at 10:30 PM
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Second Round: Game 3

St. Louis Blues v. Colorado Avalanche
Sat, May 21 at 8:00 PM
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Second Round: Game 3

Tampa Bay Lightning v. Florida Panthers
Sun, May 22 at 1:30 PM
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New York Rangers v. Carolina Hurricanes
Sun, May 22 at 3:30 PM
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Second Round: Game 3

Edmonton Oilers v. Calgary Flames
Sun, May 22 at 8:00 PM
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Second Round: Game 4

Tampa Bay Lightning v. Florida Panthers
Mon, May 23 at 7:00 PM
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Second Round: Game 4

St. Louis Blues v. Colorado Avalanche
Mon, May 23 at 9:30 PM
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Second Round: Game 4

New York Rangers v. Carolina Hurricanes
Tue, May 24 at 7:00 PM
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Second Round: Game 4

Edmonton Oilers v. Calgary Flames
Tue, May 24 at 9:30 PM
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Second Round: Game 5

Colorado Avalanche v. St. Louis Blues
Wed, May 25 at 8:00 PM
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Second Round: Game 5

Carolina Hurricanes v. New York Rangers
Thu, May 26 at 7:00 PM
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Second Round: Game 5

Calgary Flames v. Edmonton Oilers
Thu, May 26 at 9:30 PM
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Second Round: Game 6

St. Louis Blues v. Colorado Avalanche
Fri, May 27 at 8:00 PM
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Second Round: Game 6

New York Rangers v. Carolina Hurricanes
Sat, May 28 at 8:00 PM
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Second Round: Game 7

Carolina Hurricanes v. New York Rangers
Mon, May 30 at 8:00 PM
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Conference Final: Game 1

Colorado Avalanche v. Edmonton Oilers
Tue, May 31 at 8:00 PM
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Conference Final: Game 1

New York Rangers v. Tampa Bay Lightning
Wed, Jun 1 at 8:00 PM
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Conference Final: Game 2

Colorado Avalanche v. Edmonton Oilers
Thu, Jun 2 at 8:00 PM
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Conference Final: Game 2

New York Rangers v. Tampa Bay Lightning
Fri, Jun 3 at 8:00 PM
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Conference Final: Game 3

Edmonton Oilers v. Colorado Avalanche
Sat, Jun 4 at 8:00 PM
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Conference Final: Game 3

Tampa Bay Lightning v. New York Rangers
Sun, Jun 5 at 3:00 PM
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Conference Final: Game 4

Edmonton Oilers v. Colorado Avalanche
Mon, Jun 6 at 8:00 PM
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Conference Final: Game 4

Tampa Bay Lightning v. New York Rangers
Tue, Jun 7 at 8:00 PM
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Conference Final: Game 5

New York Rangers v. Tampa Bay Lightning
Thu, Jun 9 at 8:00 PM
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Conference Final: Game 6

Tampa Bay Lightning v. New York Rangers
Sat, Jun 11 at 8:00 PM
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Stanley Cup Final: Game 1

Colorado Avalanche v. Tampa Bay Lightning
Wed, Jun 15 at 8:00 PM
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Stanley Cup Final: Game 2

Colorado Avalanche v. Tampa Bay Lightning
Sat, Jun 18 at 8:00 PM
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Stanley Cup Final: Game 3

Tampa Bay Lightning v. Colorado Avalanche
Mon, Jun 20 at 8:00 PM
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Stanley Cup Final: Game 4

Tampa Bay Lightning v. Colorado Avalanche
Wed, Jun 22 at 8:00 PM
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Stanley Cup Final: Game 5

Colorado Avalanche v. Tampa Bay Lightning
Fri, Jun 24 at 8:00 PM
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Stanley Cup Final: Game 6

Tampa Bay Lightning v. Colorado Avalanche
Sun, Jun 26 at 8:00 PM
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Stanley Cup Final: Game 7

Colorado Avalanche v. Tampa Bay Lightning
Tue, Jun 28 at 8:00 PM
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