Eastern Conference

Tampa Bay Lightning (Atlantic No. 1) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (Wild card No. 2)

The Lightning are coming off one of the most dominant regular seasons in NHL history — no, seriously, these numbers are eye-popping. Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets just squeaked into the playoffs after being one of the more active teams at the trade deadline.

Game 1 (@TB): Blue Jackets 4, Lightning 3 
Game 2 (@TB): Blue Jackets 5, Lightning 1

Game 3 (@CBJ): Blue Jackets 3, Lightning 1
Game 4 (@CBJ): Tuesday, April 16, 7 p.m. ET
Game 5 (@TB): Friday, April 19
Game 6 (@CBJ): Sunday, April 21
Game 7 (@TB): Tuesday, April 23


Boston Bruins (Atlantic No. 2) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs(Atlantic No. 3)

The Bruins-Maple Leafs matchup seemed preordained for months. Can the addition of John Tavares carry the rest of the Leafs to finally slay their demons?

Game 1 (@BOS): Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 1
Game 2 (@BOS): Bruins 4, Maple Leafs 1
Game 3 (@TOR): Monday, April 15, 7 p.m. ET
Game 4 (@TOR): Wednesday, April 17, 7 p.m. ET
Game 5 (@BOS): Friday, April 19
Game 6 (@TOR): Sunday, April 21
Game 7 (@BOS): Tuesday, April 23


Washington Capitals (Metro No. 1) vs. Carolina Hurricanes(Wild card No. 1)

The defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals look as strong as ever heading into the playoffs. But the Hurricanes have been proving doubters wrong all season — and having lots of fun while at it.

Game 1 (@WSH): Capitals 4, Hurricanes 2
Game 2 (@WSH): Capitals 4, Hurricanes 3 (OT)
Game 3 (@CAR): Monday, April 15, 7 p.m. ET
Game 4 (@CAR): Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m. ET
Game 5 (@WSH): Saturday, April 20
Game 6 (@CAR): Monday, April 22
Game 7 (@WSH): Wednesday, April 24 |


New York Islanders (Metro No. 2) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins(Metro No. 3)

The Islanders were one of the NHL’s best stories this season, while the Penguins still feature a one-two punch of all-time legends in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

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Islanders score two goals just over a minute apart

Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson find the net for New York on the way to the Islanders’ 4-1 victory.

Game 1 (@NYI): Islanders 4, Penguins 3 (OT)
Game 2 (@NYI): Islanders 3, Penguins 1
Game 3 (@PIT): Islanders 4, Penguins 1
Game 4 (@PIT): Tuesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m. ET
Game 5 (@NYI): Thursday, April 18
Game 6 (@PIT): Saturday, April 20
Game 7 (@NYI): Monday, April 22