NHL announces exhibition schedule, start times for qualifying round
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The NHL announced an exhibition schedule and the start times for the first three games of each play-in series and round-robin tournament of the 24-team playoffs.

Each team will play one tuneup game before the postseason begins Aug. 1.

Date Matchup Time (ET)
July 28 Penguins vs. Flyers 4 p.m.
July 28 Maple Leafs vs. Canadiens 8 p.m.
July 28 Oilers vs. Flames 10:30 p.m.
July 29 Lightning vs. Panthers 12 p.m.
July 29 Avalanche vs. Wild 2:30 p.m.
July 29 Hurricanes vs. Capitals 4 p.m.
July 29 Blues vs. Blackhawks 6:30 p.m.
July 29 Islanders vs. Rangers 8 p.m.
July 29 Canucks vs. Jets 10:30 p.m.
July 30 Predators vs. Stars 4 p.m.
July 30 Bruins vs. Blue Jackets 7 p.m.
July 30 Golden Knights vs. Coyotes 10:30 p.m.

Broadcast information for each game will be released in the coming days.

Below are the start times for the first three games of each play-in series and round-robin tournament. Details for additional play-in games, if necessary, will be determined at a later date.

Eastern Conference

Round robin

Date Matchup Time (ET)
Aug. 2 Flyers vs. Bruins 3 p.m.
Aug. 3 Capitals vs. Lightning 4 p.m.
Aug. 5 Lightning vs. Bruins 4 p.m.

No. 5 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 12 Montreal Canadiens

Date Time (ET)
Aug. 1 8 p.m.
Aug. 3 8 p.m.
Aug. 5 8 p.m.

No. 6 Carolina Hurricanes vs. No. 11 New York Rangers

Date Time (ET)
Aug. 1 12 p.m.
Aug. 3 12 p.m.
Aug. 4 8 p.m.

No. 7 New York Islanders vs. No. 10 Florida Panthers

Date Time (ET)
Aug. 1 4 p.m.
Aug. 3 12 p.m.
Aug. 4 12 p.m.

No. 8 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. No. 9 Columbus Blue Jackets

Date Time (ET)
Aug. 2 8 p.m.
Aug. 4 4 p.m.
Aug. 6 TBD

Western Conference

Round robin

Date Matchup Time (ET)
Aug. 2 Blues vs. Avalanche 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 3 Stars vs. Golden Knights 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 5 Avalanche vs. Stars 6:30 p.m.

No. 5 Edmonton Oilers vs. No. 12 Chicago Blackhawks

Date Time (ET)
Aug. 1 3 p.m.
Aug. 3 10:30 p.m.
Aug. 5 10:30 p.m.

No. 6 Nashville Predators vs. No. 11 Arizona Coyotes

Date Time (ET)
Aug. 2  2 p.m.
Aug. 4  2:30 p.m.
Aug. 5  2:30 p.m.

No. 7 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 10 Minnesota Wild

Date Time (ET)
Aug. 2 10:30 p.m.
Aug. 4 10:45 p.m.
Aug. 6 TBD

No. 8 Calgary Flames vs. No. 9 Winnipeg Jets

Date Time (ET)
Aug. 1 10:30 p.m.
Aug. 3 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 4 6:45 p.m.

Teams will arrive at their respective hubs July 26. Western Conference clubs are stationed in Edmonton, while the Eastern Conference will congregate in Toronto.

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