The schedule for the return to play is coming out in dribs and drabs from the NHL, and today they’ve firmed up the first few days of the Qualifying Round and Seeding Rounds in each hub.

NHL Hub Playoff Format FAQ

All the games, times and broadcasters from August 1 through August 5 are on the NHL’s main schedule page.


Here’s the important part:

Sunday, August 2: Columbus at Toronto, 8 p.m. on Sportsnet, TVAS and NHLN

Tuesday, August 4: Columbus at Toronto, 4 p.m. on Sportsnet, TVAS and NBCSN

Thursday, August 6: Toronto at Columbus, well, that’s a good question. Here’s the official announcement on that from the NHL:

All games are in Scotiabank Arena.

Now for the less important parts:

Saturday, August 1: The 8 p.m game is Montréal at Pittsburgh.

Sunday, August 2: See above, you’ll watch the Leafs and you’ll like it.

Monday, August 3: The 8 p.m. game is Montréal at Pittsburgh and the 6:30 game is Dallas at Vegas

Tuesday, August 4: After the Leafs are done, the 8 p.m. game is Carolina at the Rangers, or you can watch Calgary at Winnipeg at 6:45 p.m. if you’re into that sort of thing.

Wednesday, August 5: The 8 p.m. game is Pittsburgh at Montréal or the 6:30 p.m. game is Colorado at Dallas

If you have your afternoons free or you stay up late, you’re on your own to figure out what to watch, but I know I’m relieved the Habs are on at 8 every night.

Streaming Packages

NHL Live lists an offer in Canada for a Stanley Cup Pass for $74.99 that includes all English broadcasts of all playoff games blackout-free. Regular subscribers should have this content included in their existing package.

Sportsnet is advertising a streaming package in Canada that includes all games blackout-free.

Hockey Night in Canada games are streamed free in Canada on CBC Gem, but, ah, so far they’re all Habs or Flames.

When the NHL releases another nugget, we’ll update you.