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New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 2021 Playoff Schedule, TV, Start Times

For the third round, we get to know the dates and the times ahead of time.

Tampa Bay Lightning v New York Islanders - Game Six
Let’s get it on. Again.
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With the conclusion of the second round after the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Colorado Avalanche, the NHL announced the schedule for the Stanley Cup semifinals.

For the New York Islanders’ return engagement with the Tampa Bay Lightning, things kick off on Sunday at 3 p.m. EDT with a U.S. broadcast on NBC, but the rest of the series is every other day at 8 p.m.

Here’s the full schedule:

  • Game 1: Sunday, June 13, 3 p.m. (NBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
  • Game 2: Tuesday, June 15, 8 p.m. (NBC Sports, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
  • Game 3: Thursday, June 17, 8 p.m. (USA, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
  • Game 4: Saturday, June 19, 8 p.m. (USA, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
  • Game 5: Monday, June 21, 8 p.m. (NBC Sports, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
  • Game 6: Wednesday, June 23, 8 p.m. (NBC Sports, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)
  • Game 7: Friday, June 25, 8 p.m. (NBC Sports, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)

This is, of course, a rematch of last year’s Eastern semifinal, though the Islanders are now without injured Anders Lee and cap casualty Devon Toews. They’ve added Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac in response to Lee’s season-ending injury.

The Lightning have a very similar roster to last season (though now the Isles have Braydon Coburn, technically), protected from their own cap issues thanks to the magic of the LTIR.

To catch up on Lightning views and links, check out SB Nation’s Lightning site, Raw Charge.

Also: Technically they’ll be battling for the Prince of Wales Trophy, which is appropriate since they are both traditionally Eastern Conference teams, whereas the Campbell goes to the Western finalist.