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NHL playoff schedule 2017: First round matchups and dates

It all begins on Wednesday.

New York Rangers v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Two Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

The final day of the NHL regular season finished with some drama on Sunday, as the Maple Leafs and Anaheim Ducks made their fans sweat out possible playoff scenarios.

Every playoff berth was filled before Sunday, but the Maple Leafs needed at least a point against the Blue Jackets to avoid a first round date with the league-best Washington Capitals. They didn’t get one, and Toronto is stuck with Washington while the Boston Bruins take on the Ottawa Senators.

In the Western Conference, the Anaheim Ducks required one point to win the Pacific Division and earn a draw with the Calgary Flames. The Los Angeles Kings gave the Ducks a scare; Anaheim needed a late goal by Nate Thompson to force overtime and secure the more favorable matchup.

Without further ado, here’s the full schedule for round one of the 2017 NHL Playoffs.

Eastern Conference (Round One)

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at New York Rangers Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals

Game # Date TIME (ET) #1 Washington Capitals vs. #2 Pittsburgh Penguins Networks
Game # Date TIME (ET) #1 Washington Capitals vs. #2 Pittsburgh Penguins Networks
Game 1 Thursday, April 27 7:30 p.m. Penguins at Capitals NBCSN, SN, TVAS2
Game 2 Saturday, April 29 8 p.m. Penguins at Capitals NBC, CBC, TVAS
Game 3 Monday, May 1 7:30 p.m. Capitals at Penguins NBCSN, SN, TVAS
Game 4 Wednesday, May 3 7:30 p.m. Capitals at Penguins NBCSN, CBC, TVAS
Game 5* Saturday, May 6 TBD Penguins at Capitals CBC, TVAS
Game 6* Monday, May 8 TBD Capitals at Penguins NBCSN, CBC, TVAS
Game 7* Wednesday, May 10 TBD Penguins at Capitals NBCSN, CBC, TVAS

NHL: Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators

Game # Date TIME (ET) #2 Ottawa Senators vs. WC New York Rangers Networks
Game # Date TIME (ET) #2 Ottawa Senators vs. WC New York Rangers Networks
Game 1 Thursday, April 27 7 p.m. New York Rangers at Ottawa Senators CNBC, CBC, TVAS
Game 2 Saturday, April 29 3 p.m. New York Rangers at Ottawa Senators NBC, CBC, TVAS2
Game 3 Tuesday, May 2 7 p.m. Ottawa Senators at New York Rangers NBCSN, CBC, TVAS
Game 4 Thursday, May 4 7:30 p.m. Ottawa Senators at New York Rangers NBCSN, CBC, TVAS
Game 5* Saturday, May 6 TBD New York Rangers at Ottawa Senators CBC, TVAS
Game 6* Tuesday, May 9 TBD Ottawa Senators at New York Rangers NBCSN, CBC, TVAS
Game 7* Thursday, May 11 TBD New York Rangers at Ottawa Senators NBCSN, CBC, TVAS

NHL: Washington Capitals at Toronto Maple Leafs John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Date TIME (ET) #1 Washington vs. #4 Toronto Networks
Date TIME (ET) #1 Washington vs. #4 Toronto Networks
Thursday, April 13 7 p.m. Toronto at Washington USA, CBC, TVA Sports
Saturday, April 15 7 p.m. Toronto at Washington NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
Monday, April 17 7 p.m. Washington at Toronto CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN
Wednesday, April 19 7 p.m. Washington at Toronto CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN
*Friday, April 21 TBD Toronto at Washington TBD
*Sunday, April 23 TBD Washington at Toronto TBD
*Tuesday, April 25 TBD Toronto at Washington TBD

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Date TIME (ET) #2 Pittsburgh vs. #3 Columbus Networks
Date TIME (ET) #2 Pittsburgh vs. #3 Columbus Networks
Wednesday, April 12 7:30 p.m. Columbus at Pittsburgh USA, SN 360, TVA Sports
Friday, April 14 7 p.m. Columbus at Pittsburgh NHL Network, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Sunday, April 16 6 p.m. Pittsburgh at Columbus CNBC, SN 360, TVA Sports
Tuesday, April 18 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Columbus CNBC, SN 360, TVA Sports
*Thursday, April 20 TBD Columbus at Pittsburgh TBD
*Sunday, April 23 TBD Pittsburgh at Columbus TBD
*Tuesday, April 25 TBD Columbus at Pittsburgh TBD

Western Conference

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators at St. Louis Blues

Game # Date TIME (ET) #3 Blues vs. WC2 Predators Networks
Game # Date TIME (ET) #3 Blues vs. WC2 Predators Networks
Game 1 Wednesday, April 26 8 p.m. Nashville Predators at St. Louis Blues NBCSN, CBC, TVAS
Game 2 Friday, April 28 8 p.m. Nashville Predators at St. Louis Blues NBCSN, CBC, TVAS
Game 3 Sunday, April 30 3 p.m. St. Louis Blues at Nashville Predators NBC, SN, TVAS
Game 4 Tuesday, May 2 9:30 p.m. St. Louis Blues at Nashville Predators NBCSN, SN, TVAS
Game 5* Friday, May 5 TBD Nashville Predators at St. Louis Blues NBCSN, CBC, TVAS
Game 6* Sunday, May 7 TBD St. Louis Blues at Nashville Predators SN, TVAS
Game 7* Tuesday, May 9 TBD Nashville Predators at St. Louis Blues NBCSN, SN, TVAS

NHL: St. Louis Blues at Minnesota Wild Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Edmonton Oilers at Anaheim Ducks

Game # Date TIME (ET) #1 Anaheim Ducks vs. #2 Edmonton Oilers Networks
Game # Date TIME (ET) #1 Anaheim Ducks vs. #2 Edmonton Oilers Networks
Game 1 Wednesday, April 26 10:30 p.m. Edmonton Oilers at Anaheim Ducks NBCSN, SN, TVAS
Game 2 Friday, April 28 10:30 p.m. Edmonton Oilers at Anaheim Ducks NBCSN, SN, TVAS
Game 3 Sunday, April 30 7 p.m. Anaheim Ducks at Edmonton Oilers NBCSN, SN, TVAS
Game 4 Wednesday, May 3 10 p.m. Anaheim Ducks at Edmonton Oilers NBCSN, SN, TVAS
Game 5* Friday, May 5 TBD Edmonton Oilers at Anaheim Ducks NBCSN, SN, TVAS
Game 6* Sunday, May 7 TBD Anaheim Ducks at Edmonton Oilers SN, TVAS
Game 7* Wednesday, May 10 TBD Edmonton Oilers at Anaheim Ducks NBCSN, SN, TVAS

NHL: Calgary Flames at Anaheim Ducks Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames

Date TIME (ET) #1 Anaheim vs. #4 Calgary Networks
Date TIME (ET) #1 Anaheim vs. #4 Calgary Networks
Thursday, April 13 10:30 p.m. Calgary at Anaheim NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
Saturday, April 15 10:30 p.m. Calgary at Anaheim NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
Monday, April 17 10 p.m. Anaheim at Calgary CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN
Wednesday, April 19 10 p.m. Anaheim at Calgary CBC, TVA Sports, USA
*Friday, April 21 TBD Calgary at Anaheim TBD
*Sunday, April 23 TBD Anaheim at Calgary TBD
*Tuesday, April 25 TBD Calgary at Anaheim TBD

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at San Jose Sharks Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Edmonton Oilers vs. San Jose Sharks

Date TIME (ET) #2 Edmonton vs. #3 San Jose Networks
Date TIME (ET) #2 Edmonton vs. #3 San Jose Networks
Wednesday, April 12 10 p.m. San Jose at Edmonton Sportsnet, TVA Sports, USA
Friday, April 14 10:30 p.m. San Jose at Edmonton Sportsnet, TVA Sports, NBCSN
Sunday, April 16 10 p.m. Edmonton at San Jose NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Tuesday, April 18 10 p.m. Edmonton at San Jose NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
*Thursday, April 20 TBD San Jose at Edmonton TBD
*Saturday, April 22 TBD Edmonton at San Jose TBD
*Monday, April 24 TBD San Jose at Edmonton TBD