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NHL playoffs 2021: How Sharks fans can watch the first round

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Playoff hockey is here. The 2021 NHL playoffs feature 16 teams split among the four divisions -- East, Central, North and West. 

The top four teams from each division made the playoffs, and the first round featured the No. 1 seeds playing the No. 4 seeds, and No. 2 playing No. 3. The winner of those two series will play for a chance to advance to the semifinals, with one team from each division competing for the opportunity to play in the Stanley Cup Final. 

Here is the schedule for the first round of the 2021 NHL playoffs. 

East 

No. 4 New York Islanders vs. No. 1 Pittsburgh Penguins -- livestream for the series

Islanders win series 4-2

Sunday, May 16: Islanders at Penguins, 12 p.m. ET (NBC)

Tuesday, May 18: Islanders at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

Thursday, May 20: Penguins at Islanders, 7 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

Saturday, May 22: Penguins at Islanders, 3 p.m. ET (NBC)

Monday, May 24: Islanders at Penguins, 7 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

Wednesday, May 26: Penguins at Islanders, 6:30 ET (NBCSN)

No. 3 Boston Bruins vs. No. 2 Washington Capitals -- livestream for the series

Bruins win series 4-1

Saturday, May 15: Bruins at Capitals, 7:15 p.m. ET (NBC)

Monday, May 17: Bruins at Capitals, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

Wednesday, May 19: Capitals at Bruins, 6:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

 

Friday, May 21: Capitals at Bruins, 6:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

Sunday, May 23: Bruins at Capitals, 7 p.m. ET (USA Network)

Central

No. 4 Nashville Predators vs. No. 1 Carolina Hurricanes -- livestream for the series

Hurricanes win series 4-2

Monday, May 17: Predators at Hurricanes, 8 p.m. ET (CNBC)

Wednesday, May 19: Predators at Hurricanes, 8 p.m. ET (CNBC)

Friday, May 21: Hurricanes at Predators, 7 p.m. ET (USA Network)

Sunday, May 23: Hurricanes at Predators, 2:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

Tuesday, May 25: Predators at Hurricanes, 8 p.m. ET (CNBC)

Thursday, May 27: Hurricanes at Predators, 9:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

No. 3 Tampa Bay Lightning vs. No. 2 Florida Panthers -- livestream for the series

Lightning win series 4-2

Sunday, May 16: Lightning at Panthers, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

Tuesday, May 18: Lightning at Panthers, 8 p.m. ET (CNBC)

Thursday, May 20: Panthers at Lightning, 6:30 p.m. ET (USA Network)

Saturday, May 22: Panthers at Lightning, 12:30 p.m. ET (CNBC)

Monday, May 24: Lightning at Panthers, 8 p.m. ET (CNBC)

Wednesday, May 26: Panthers at Lightning, 8 p.m. ET (CNBC)

North

No. 4 Montreal Canadiens vs. No. 1 Toronto Maple Leafs -- livestream for the series

Canadiens win series 4-3

Thursday, May 20: Canadiens at Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m. ET (NHL Network)

Saturday, May 22: Canadiens at Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. ET (CNBC)

Monday, May 24: Maple Leafs at Canadiens, 7 p.m. ET

Tuesday, May 25: Maple Leafs at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

Thursday, May 27: Canadiens at Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

Saturday, May 29: Maple Leafs at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

Monday, May 31: Canadiens at Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. ET (CNBC)

No. 3 Winnipeg Jets vs. No. 2 Edmonton Oilers -- livestream for the series

Jets win series 4-0

Wednesday, May 19: Jets at Oilers, 9 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

Friday, May 21: Jets at Oilers, 9 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

Sunday, May 23: Oilers at Jets, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

Monday, May 24: Oilers at Jets, 9:45 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

West

No. 4 St. Louis Blues vs. No. 1 Colorado Avalanche -- livestream for the series 

Avalanche win series 4-0

Monday, May 17: Blues at Avalanche, 10 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

Wednesday, May 19: Blues at Avalanche, 10:30 p.m. ET (CNBC)

Friday, May 21: Avalanche at Blues, 9:30 p.m. ET (USA Network)

Sunday, May 23: Avalanche at Blues, 5 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

No. 3 Minnesota Wild vs. No. 2 Vegas Golden Knights -- livestream for the series

Golden Knights win series 4-3

Sunday, May 16: Wild at Golden Knights, 3 p.m. ET (NBC)

Tuesday, May 18: Wild at Golden Knights, 10 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

Thursday, May 20: Golden Knights at Wild, 9:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

 

Saturday, May 22: Golden Knights at Wild, 8 p.m. ET (NBC)

Monday, May 24: Wild at Golden Knights, 10:30 p.m. ET (CNBC)

Wednesday, May 26: Golden Knights at Wild, 9 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

Friday, May 28: Wild at Golden Knights, 9 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

Bryan Murphy contributed to this story.