Today is the day we've been waiting for since May 14, 2022. It's time for the Leafs to extract their revenge on the Tampa Bay Lightning for ruining the party last spring.
Today, the 2023 NHL Playoffs really begin. Now, yes, last night half of the first round series began, but if the Leafs aren't playing does it really count?
Let's get those pesky non-Leafs teams out of the way first.
Carolina Hurricanes 2 vs New York Islanders 1 Hurricanes lead series 1-0
Boston Bruins 3 vs Florida Panthers 1 Bruins lead series 1-0
Dallas Stars 2 vs Minnesota Wild 3 - DOUBLE OVERTIME! Minnesota leads series 1-0
Los Angeles Kings 4 vs Edmonton Oilers 3 - Overtime Los Angeles leads series 1-0
Tonight the other half of the games happen:
New York Rangers vs New Jersey Devils 7:00PM - Sportsnets, see below
Winnipeg Jets* vs Las Vegas Golden Knights 9:30PM - Sportsnets, see below
Colorado Avalanche vs Seattle Kraken 10:00PM - Sportnets, see below
And, of course, the one we all want to see:
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30PM - FREE ON THE CBC BABY!
We will have a full preview up later today, but man it has been a long, long, wait to get to this point. The regular season was fun, watching players race to get to personal milestones was fun as the clock ticked down, but what we want to see is the Leafs show up and prove everyone wrong.
How to watch the NHL Playoffs in Canada (in English)
All NHL playoff games will be on television on a Sportsnet channel of some description. Not all games will be on the main channel, however.
All NHL playoff games will be on Sportsnet Now The listed price is $14.99 per month or $149.99 per year.
Caution: If you want to start a streaming package that runs to next season, you need the more expensive Premium version to avoid regional blackouts in the regular season. All Maple Leafs games broadcast by SN on TV were available to stream in the Leafs region this season with the Premium package. Other games were available on-demand the next day. (This is a new format for this season.)
Some games, noted as HNIC games in our previews, are on CBC on television and CBC Gem online. Gem is free, but making an account will be required to watch any channel out of your region in a convenient way.
Games in America are on regional broadcasters, ESPN/TNT/TBS and their related streaming services.
We also have some pre-playoff content for you as well, with a look at the potentials in this year's NHL draft, and a wrap up of the end of the Marlies regular season.
To keep you entertained ahead of the game tonight: