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NHL playoff games today: Full TV schedule to watch 2021 Stanley Cup playoff games

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NHL playoffs schedule 2021: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for every series

Oh, baby! The best postseason is officially here.

Sixteen NHL teams will battle it out for the greatest trophy in all of sports: the Stanley Cup. How it’ll all play out is a little different in 2021: the four best teams in each division will face each other (1 vs. 4, 2 vs. 3 in Round 1) and the eventual division champs will meet in the Stanley Cup semifinals. The last two teams standing will then go head-to-head in the Stanley Cup Final.

Here’s everything to know about watching NHL playoff games in 2021, including a complete TV schedule with start times and channels for every series.

MORE: Watch NHL playoff games live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

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Here’s the full schedule of NHL playoff games for today:

Sunday, May 16

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Islanders at Penguins Noon ET NBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 1: Wild at Golden Knights 3 p.m. ET NBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 1: Lightning at Panthers 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports

Check out SN’s live scoreboard for stats and more.

STANLEY CUP PREDICTIONS: Sporting News’ 2021 NHL playoff picks

NHL playoffs 2021: TV channels, live stream

  • TV (U.S.): NBC, NBCSN, USA, CNBC, NHLN
  • TV (Canada):  Sportsnet, Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360, CBC, FX, FXX and OMNI
  • Stream (U.S.): NBC Sports.com | fuboTV (free trial)
  • Stream (Canada): SN Now, SN NOW+, NHL Live
  • Live scores: SN Scoreboard

The 2021 postseason marks the final year NBC’s family of networks will broadcast games on the NHL’s road to the Stanley Cup. First-round games will be shown on NHL Network and across NBC channels in the United States, while in Canada games will be shown on FX, FXX, Sportsnet’s channels and CBC.

In Canada, Chris Cuthbert and Craig Simpson will describe the Maple Leafs-Canadiens series while Harnarayan Singh and Louie DeBrusk will bring fans Oilers-Jets. David Amber and Ron McLean will be the studio anchors and will be joined by a rotating crew of analysts and insiders.

NBC will also employ a rotating crew that will include play-by-play announcers Kenny Albert, John Forslund and Brendan Burke and analysts Eddie Olczyk, AJ Mleczko and Dominic Moore.

NHL playoff bracket 2021

(SN Illustration)

NHL schedule 2021

The first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs started on Saturday, May 15, and, if it runs the full gamut, will end on Monday, May 31. 

*If necessary

Round 1

Saturday, May 15

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Bruins at Capitals 7:15 p.m. ET NBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Sunday, May 16

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Islanders at Penguins Noon ET NBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 1: Wild at Golden Knights 3 p.m. ET NBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 1: Lightning at Panthers 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports

Monday, May 17

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 2: Bruins at Capitals 7:30 p.m ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 1: Predators at Hurricanes 8 p.m. ET CNBC, SNE, TVA Sports
Game 1: Blues at Avalanche 10 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN1, TVA Sports

Tuesday, May 18

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 2: Islanders at Penguins 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 2: Lightning at Panthers 8 p.m. ET CNBC, SNE, TVA Sports
Game 2: Wild at Golden Knights 10 p.m.ET  NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports

Wednesday, May 19

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Capitals at Bruins 6:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNP, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 2: Predators at Hurricanes 8 p.m. ET CNBC, FX-CA, TVA Sports
Game 1: Jets at Oilers 9 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 2: Blues at Avalanche 10:30 p.m. ET CNBC, SN360, TVA Sports

Thursday, May 20

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Panthers at Lightning 6:30 p.m. ET USA, FX-CA, TVA Sports
Game 3: Penguins at Islanders 7 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 1: Canadiens at Maple Leafs 7:30 p.m. ET NHL Network, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 3: Golden Knights at Wild 9:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sport

Friday, May 21

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Capitals at Bruins 6:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNP, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 3: Hurricanes at Predators 7 p.m. ET USA, FXX-CA, TVA Sports
Game 2: Jets at Oilers 9 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 3: Avalanche at Blues 9:30 p.m. ET USA, SN360, TVA Sports

Saturday, May 22

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Panthers at Lightning 12:30 p.m. ET CNBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 4: Penguins at Islanders 3 p.m. ET NBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 2: Canadiens at Maple Leafs 7 p.m. ET CNBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports, OMNI
Game 4: Golden Knights at Wild 8 p.m. ET NBC, SN360, TVA Sports

Sunday, May 23

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Oilers at Jets TBD TBD
Game 4: Hurricanes at Predators TBD TBD
Game 4: Avalanche at Blues TBD TBD
*Game 5: Bruins at Capitals TBD TBD

Monday, May 24

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Maple Leafs at Canadiens TBD TBD
Game 4: Oilers at Jets TBD TBD
*Game 5: Islanders at Penguins TBD TBD
*Game 5: Lightning at Panthers TBD TBD
*Game 5: Wild at Golden Knights TBD TBD

Tuesday, May 25

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Maple Leafs at Canadiens TBD TBD
*Game 5: Blues at Avalanche TBD TBD
*Game 5: Predators at Hurricanes TBD TBD
*Game 6: Capitals at Bruins TBD TBD

Wednesday, May 26

Matchup Time TV channel
*Game 5: Jets at Oilers TBD TBD
*Game 6: Panthers at Lightning TBD TBD
*Game 6: Golden Knights at Wild TBD TBD
*Game 6: Penguins at Islanders TBD TBD

Thursday, May 27

Matchup Time TV channel
*Game 5: Canadiens at Maple Leafs TBD TBD
*Game 6: Avalanche at Blues TBD TBD
*Game 6: Hurricanes at Predators TBD TBD
*Game 7: Bruins at Capitals TBD TBD

Friday, May 28

Matchup Time TV channel
*Game 6: Oilers at Jets TBD TBD
*Game 7: Lightning at Panthers TBD TBD
*Game 7: Wild at Golden Knights TBD TBD
*Game 7: Islanders at Penguins TBD TBD

Saturday, May 29

Matchup Time TV channel
*Game 6: Maple Leafs at Canadiens TBD TBD
*Game 7: Predators at Hurricanes TBD TBD
*Game 7: Blues at Avalanche TBD TBD

Sunday, May 30

Matchup Time TV channel
*Game 7: Jets at Oilers TBD TBD

Sunday, May 30

Matchup Time TV channel
*Game 7: Canadiens at Maple Leafs TBD TBD

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Why did Rick Carlisle return to Pacers? Roster, familiarity — and the money helps, too

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Why did Rick Carlisle return to Pacers? Roster, familiarity — and the money helps, too

Rick Carlisle is the head coach of the Pacers … again.

The championship-winning coach who recently parted ways with the Dallas Mavericks has reportedly signed a four-year, $29 million pact to return to Indiana’s bench, per ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.

Carlisle signing this quickly with a team was a mild surprise, signing with the Pacers even moreso. While the Pacers parted ways with head coach Nate Bjorkgren soon after the final whistle blew on Indiana’s season, no real reports suggested Carlisle’s candidacy before news of his hiring broke on Thursday.

Here’s what we know about the hiring:

Why did the Pacers hire Rick Carlisle?

While the money certainly helps — the deal keeps Carlisle in the top 10 highest paid coaches in the Association — familiarity helped play into the decision, as well. Carlisle has two prior tenures in Indiana; First, between 1997 and 2000, when he was an assistant coach under Larry Bird. The second stint was as the team’s head coach between 2003 and 2007.

During his tenure, Carlisle helped guide Indiana to a central-division crown in 2003, and in four total seasons, the Pacers made the playoffs three times and the Eastern Conference finals once (2003).

Carlisle figured to be the hottest coaching commodity on the market for any number of teams looking for a new head coach, but the Pacers acted “quietly and quickly” to get Carlisle in their building, per Adrian Wojnarowski, putting off several other interviews to bring him and ink him to a deal.

The landing spot was attractive to Carlisle, as well: Speaking with ESPN’s MacMahon, Carlisle liked the roster built by GM Kevin Pritchard and what they could be moving forward.

“It’s a team of skilled, unselfish guys that play hard,” Carlisle said to MacMahon. “It’s always possible that moves could be made before the season, but I think [GM Kevin Pritchard] and I are both very excited about getting the roster healthy and seeing what this team can be.”

Carlisle and the Mavericks agreed to part ways on June 17 after another early-playoff exit, losing in seven games to the Clippers. Carlisle spent 13 years patrolling the bench for Dallas, winning an NBA championship in 2011. In all, Dallas made it to the playoffs nine times under Carlisle, losing in the first round in seven of those trips.

Multiple reports indicated organizational turmoil within Dallas’ front office, though owner Mark Cuban vehemently denied the rumors. The Athletic detailed the dysfunction in June. 

 

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Lionel Messi gets surprise birthday wake-up call from Argentina teammates at Copa America

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Let’s be real: No one likes to be woken up on their birthday. Except for world soccer star Lionel Messi, who even posted the video to his 221 million Instagram followers.

His teammates did him the honors on his 34th, walking into his bedroom with a surprisingly on-tune birthday song and adidas bags full of gifts that garnered a few laughs. There was something that looked like a cologne bottle, a pack of cornmeal, some wine and a bottle of holy water, which must be an inside joke.  

“Starting off my birthday with the boys, and receiving a few gifts,” he wrote. “Thanks a lot for making this day special, although I can’t be with my family, who I miss so much in these moments.” 

When you’re the greatest soccer player on the planet, you probably don’t mind that the world sees what you look like when you get out of bed, or the fact that you sleep with giant player cutouts above your bed. Granted, it’s not his personal bedroom — he’s in camp with Argentina for the Copa America in Brazil, where they apparently require the players to sleep in Argentina gear. 

Messi’s hoping his stay in Brazil will be remembered for things other than his birthday wake-up call. He’s trying to win his first Copa America with Argentina (it would be the country’s first since 1993) and in the process, he’ll be setting a record for most all-time appearances in an Argentina shirt. 

It’s a big year for the 34-year-old. His contract with FC Barcelona also expires on June 30 and the world will be watching to see what decision he makes on his club future. Many expect him to stay with the only team he’s ever known as a pro, but it’s unclear how the financial troubles plaguing the organization could affect his thought process. If Barcelona can’t pay the salary he’s seeking, or the team can’t pay for a high-level supporting cast around him, he could decide it’s best for him and the club to move on. 

For now he has some cornmeal to cook up. 

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MLB world unites to slam hideous All-Star Game jerseys: ‘Worst baseball uniforms I’ve ever seen’

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MLB to move 2021 All-Star Game to Coors Field, reports say

A swing and a miss.

MLB All-Star Game uniforms oftentimes have some kind of tie-in to the town in which its played. Or, at least, it used to be that way.

This year, MLB and Nike paired up for new All-Star Game unis and they look like they were ripped from a late 1800s game of polo, with a middle-school student slapping some generic clipart font on the front with team abbreviation.

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According to Chris Creamer of SportsLogos.Net, the uniforms will be worn during the All-Star Game, while players uniforms of their natural team will be worn during the Home Run Derby.

The hats, on the other hand, are fine, utilizing the purple (Purple Mountain’s Majesty, and all) on the star highlighting the team logo on the front.

This year’s All-Star Game shifts from Atlanta, Ga. to Colorado after MLB pulled out amid the introduction of Georgia’s controversial new voter laws, which many see as a clear attempt at voter supression.

MLB fans and analysts alike took to the Tweet machine on Thursday to crack jokes and voice their displeasure with the uniforms:

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