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NHL Round Robin Schedule: Dates, times for Bruins' three games revealed

NHL Round Robin Schedule: Dates, times for Bruins' three games revealed

Hockey is back, and soon the Boston Bruins will resume their quest to win the Stanley Cup.

The NHL and NHLPA have officially ratified the Return to Play Plan and a new CBA deal, the two sides announced last Friday. 

The league also released the schedule for the round robin and the qualifying round.

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The top four teams in each conference will play a round-robin format to determine their seeds for the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The No. 5 through No. 12 teams are taking part in a qualifying round that will use a Best-of-5 series format. The winners of the qualifying series will be matched up (based on seeding) with the top four teams in their respective conferences for the first round of the playoffs.

The Bruins finished the regular season as the Presidents' Trophy winners with the league's best record. They will enter the Eastern Conference's round robin along with the Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals.

Prior to beginning their round robin schedule, the Bruins will play one exhibition game in the host city of Toronto:

-- Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m. ET: vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (exhibition)

Here is the Bruins' round robin schedule:

-- Sunday, Aug. 2, at 3 p.m. ET: vs. Philadelphia Flyers
-- Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 4 p.m. ET: vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
-- Sunday, Aug. 9, TBA: vs. Washington Capitals

The Bruins will begin their formal training camp Monday at Warrior Ice Arena.

Here are the other key dates for the league's return:

The Bruins have been on a mission all season to avenge last year's heartbreaking loss in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final and finish the job in 2020. Their opportunity to accomplish that goal begins in just a few weeks.

Bruins vs. Lightning Highlights: B's unable to earn No. 1 seed after 3-2 loss

Bruins vs. Lightning Highlights: B's unable to earn No. 1 seed after 3-2 loss

FINAL SCORE: Tampa Bay Lightning 3, Boston Bruins 2

IN BRIEF: It's now mathematically impossible for the Boston Bruins to earn the No. 1 seed in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

The Bruins lost to the Lightning in their second NHL round robin game Wednesday afternoon in the Toronto bubble. The loss drops Boston's record in this format to 0-2-0. The B's are the only team in the round robin with zero points. It's a pretty disappointing development for the Bruins, who won the Presidents' Trophy during the regular season as the league's only 100-point team.

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It isn't all bad news for the Bruins, though. Boston showed signs of life in the second and third periods. The B's scored twice and played with a more physical edge in the final 30 minutes of the game. Boston's bottom-six forwards also gave the team plenty of energy, and fourth-line winger Chris Wagner scored his second goal in as many games.

The Bruins have one more game in the round robin to sharpen their skills before the first round of the playoffs.

BOX SCORE

BRUINS RECORD: 0-2-0

HIGHLIGHTS

The Bruins took a penalty just 43 seconds into the game, and despite killing it off, the Lightning kept attacking and opened the scoring at 7:33 of the first period. Lightning center Brayden Point beat Rask five-hole to get Tampa Bay on the board.

The Lightning doubled their advantage on the power play at 10:32 of the first period. A mental error by the B's resulted in a too many men on the ice penalty, and the Bolts were quick to capitalize. Bolts center Alex Killorn was credited with his team's second goal, which came off a double deflection.

Lightning forward Blake Coleman rocked Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo with a huge hit, which prompted Torey Krug to stick up for his defense partner and fight Coleman.

Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy finally got the Bruins on the scoreboard in the second period. His shot from the point beat Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy to cut the Tampa Bay lead to 2-1.

The Bruins tied the score 2-2 early in the third period on a goal from Chris Wagner. Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara threw a puck on net and Wagner was able to tap it over the goal line. 

The Lightning scored the game-winner late in the third period when Tyler Johnson pounced on a rebound and beat Rask.

UP NEXT

The Bruins will conclude round robin play against the Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon. The NHL has not yet announced the start time for this game.

NHL round robin, qualifying series schedule 2020: Dates, scores for every game

NHL round robin, qualifying series schedule 2020: Dates, scores for every game

The NHL is officially returning to play.

The league and NHLPA ratified the Return to Play Plan and a new CBA deal Friday, paving the way for the 2019-20 season to finish. The regular season is over, but the league is not yet jumping into the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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The top four teams in each conference will determine their seeding for the first round by playing a round robin format. The teams ranked No. 5 through No. 12 in each conference will square off in a qualifying round that will use a Best-of-5 series format. The four winners of the qualifying series in each conference will be matched up against the top four teams for the first round based on seeding.

These games will take place in two host cities. The Eastern Conference games will be played at Scotiabank Place in Toronto, and the Western Conference matchups will be played at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

Here's the schedule for every round robin game and qualifying round series. Check back to this article after each game for scores and updated schedules.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

ROUND ROBIN
Sunday, Aug. 2: Flyers 4, Bruins 1
Monday, Aug. 3: Lightning 3, Capitals 2 (SO)
Wednesday, Aug. 5: Lightning vs. Bruins
Thursday, Aug. 6: Capitals vs. Flyers
Sunday, Aug. 8: Flyers vs. Lightning
Saturday, Aug. 9: Bruins vs. Capitals

QUALIFYING ROUND
(No. 5) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (No. 12) Montreal Canadiens
Game 1, Saturday, Aug. 1: Canadiens 3, Penguins 2 (OT)
Game 2, Monday, Aug. 3: Penguins 3, Canadiens 1
Game 3, Wednesday, Aug. 5: Penguins vs. Canadiens
Game 4, Friday, Aug. 7: Penguins vs. Canadiens*
Game 5, Saturday, Aug. 8: Canadiens vs. Penguins*

(No. 6) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (No. 11) New York Rangers
Game 1, Saturday, Aug. 1: Hurricanes 3, Rangers 2
Game 2, Monday, Aug. 3: Hurricanes 4, Rangers 1
Game 3, Tuesday, Aug. 4: Hurricanes 4, Rangers 1
Hurricanes win series 3-0

(No. 7) New York Islanders vs. (No. 10) Florida Panthers
Game 1, Saturday, Aug. 1: Islanders 2, Panthers 1
Game 2, Tuesday, Aug. 4: Islanders 4, Panthers 2
Game 3, Wednesday, Aug. 5: Panthers 3, Islanders 2
Game 4, Friday, Aug. 7: Islanders vs. Panthers*
Game 5, Sunday, Aug. 9: Panthers vs. Islanders*

(No. 8) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (No. 9) Columbus Blue Jackets
Game 1, Sunday, Aug. 2: Blue Jackets 2, Maple Leafs 0
Game 2, Tuesday, Aug. 4: Maple Leafs 3, Blue Jackets 0
Game 3, Thursday, Aug. 6: Maple Leafs vs. Blue Jackets
Game 4, Friday, Aug. 7: Maple Leafs vs. Blue Jackets*
Game 5, Sunday, Aug. 9: Blue Jackets vs. Maple Leafs*
*If necessary

WESTERN CONFERENCE

ROUND ROBIN
Sunday, Aug. 2: Avalanche 2, Blues 1
Monday, Aug. 3: Golden Knights 5, Stars 3
Wednesday, Aug. 5: Avalanche vs. Stars
Thursday, Aug. 6: Golden Knights vs. Blues
Saturday, Aug. 8: Golden Knights vs. Avalanche
Sunday, Aug. 9: Stars vs. Blues

QUALIFYING ROUND
(No. 5) Edmonton Oilers vs. (No. 12) Chicago Blackhawks
Game 1, Saturday, Aug. 1: Blackhawks 6, Oilers 4
Game 2, Monday, Aug. 3: Oilers 6, Blackhawks 3
Game 3, Wednesday, Aug. 5: Oilers vs. Blackhawks
Game 4, Friday, Aug. 7: Oilers vs. Blackhawks*
Game 5, Saturday, Aug. 8: Blackhawks vs. Oilers*

(No. 6) Nashville Predators vs. (No. 11) Arizona Coyotes
Game 1, Sunday, Aug. 2: Coyotes 4, Predators 3
Game 2, Tuesday, Aug. 4: Predators 4, Coyotes 2
Game 3, Wednesday, Aug. 5: Coyotes 4, Predators 1
Game 4, Friday, Aug. 7: Predators vs. Coyotes*
Game 5, Sunday, Aug. 9: Coyotes vs. Predators*

(No. 7) Vancouver Canucks vs. (No. 10) Minnesota Wild
Game 1, Sunday, Aug. 2: Wild 3, Canucks 0
Game 2, Tuesday, Aug. 4: Canucks 4, Wild 3
Game 3, Thursday, Aug. 6: Canucks vs. Wild
Game 4, Friday, Aug. 7: Canucks vs. Wild*
Game 5, Sunday, Aug. 9: Wild vs. Canucks*

(No. 8) Calgary Flames vs. (No. 9) Winnipeg Jets
Game 1, Saturday, Aug. 1: Flames 4, Jets 1
Game 2, Monday, Aug. 3: Jets 3, Flames 2
Game 3, Tuesday, Aug. 4: Flames 6, Jets 2
Game 4, Thursday, Aug. 6: Flames vs. Jets*
Game 5, Saturday, Aug. 8: Jets vs. Flames*
*If necessary