Lightning and the Panthers series starts on Sunday night with national coverage on the NBC networks and locally on Bally’s

The Sunshine State Showdown starts Sunday night as the Lightning will visit the Panthers in game one of the first round of the 2020-2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. NBCSN will be the national outlet for the game at 7:30 p.m. and all of the games can be seen on Bally’s Sports.

Here is a list of all of the first round games.

NBC Sports schedule for the start of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which begin this Saturday night in primetime on NBC immediately following The 146th Preakness Stakes when Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals host Brad Marchand and the Boston Bruins. This will be the 16th consecutive season that NBC Sports has presented the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and once again all games will be shown nationally.

Coverage continues Sunday with a Game 1 doubleheader on NBC beginning at noon ET, when Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins host Mathew Barzal and the New York Islanders.

The second half of Sunday’s doubleheader on NBC will feature the Minnesota Wild against either the Colorado Avalanche or the Vegas Golden Knights at 3 p.m. ET, depending on the outcome of tonight’s Avalanche-Kings game.

The East, Central and North Division seeding and matchups have all been determined, and networks and times are confirmed through Saturday, May 22. The top two seeds for the West Division will be determined tonight, but networks and times for the West Division series are finalized.

NBC Sports will feature roughly 20 game and studio commentators throughout the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. NHL Live will feature hosts Liam McHugh and Kathryn Tappen and analysts Eddie OlczykKeith Jones, Anson CarterPatrick SharpDominic Moore and Mike Babcock.

NBC Sports’ game commentary teams will include play-by-play announcers Kenny AlbertJohn ForslundBrendan BurkeAlex Faust and John Walton,and analysts Eddie Olczyk, Keith Jones, Brian BoucherPierre McGuireAJ MleczkoJoe Micheletti and Dominic Moore.

Overall, coverage will be presented on NBC, NBCSN and NHL Network, as well as first- and second-round coverage on NBCUniversal’s USA Network and CNBC. NBC Sports’ coverage of Stanley Cup Playoff first-round games on NBCUniversal cable networks (NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC), as well as NHL Network, will air side-by-side with regional sports networks and will be available for streaming on and the NBC Sports app in local markets alongside regional sports network game telecasts. All games on NBC are exclusive.

Following is NBC Sports’ coverage schedule of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs through Saturday, May 22.

DateCoverageNetworkTime (ET)
Sat., May 15Game 1 – (3) Boston at (2) WashingtonNBC7:15 p.m.
Sun., May 16Game 1 – (4) N.Y. Islanders at (1) PittsburghNBC12 p.m.
 Game 1 – (4) Minnesota at (1) Vegas/ColoradoNBC3 p.m.
 Game 1 – (3) Tampa Bay at (2) FloridaNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Mon., May 17Game 2 – (3) Boston at (2) WashingtonNBCSN7:30 p.m.
 Game 1 – (4) Nashville at (1) CarolinaCNBC8 p.m.
 Game 1 – (3) St. Louis at (2) Vegas/ColoradoUSA Network10 p.m.
Tues., May 18Game 2 – (4) N.Y. Islanders at (1) PittsburghNBCSN7:30 p.m.
 Game 2 – (3) Tampa Bay at (2) FloridaCNBC8 p.m.
 Game 2 – (4) Minnesota at (1) Vegas/ColoradoNBCSN10 p.m.
Wed., May 19Game 3 – (2) Washington at (3) BostonNBCSN6:30 p.m.
 Game 2 – (4) Nashville at (1) CarolinaCNBC8 p.m.
 Game 1 – (3) Winnipeg at (2) EdmontonNBCSN9 p.m.
 Game 2 – (3) St. Louis at (2) Vegas/ColoradoCNBC10:30 p.m.
Thu., May 20Game 3 – (2) Florida at (3) Tampa BayUSA Network6:30 p.m.
 Game 3 – (1) Pittsburgh at (4) N.Y. IslandersNBCSN7 p.m.
 Game 1 – (4) Montreal at (1) Toronto*NHL Network7:30 p.m.
 Game 3 – (1) Vegas/Colorado at (4) MinnesotaNBCSN9:30 p.m.
Fri., May 21Game 4 – (2) Washington at (3) BostonNBCSN6:30 p.m.
 Game 3 – (1) Carolina at (4) NashvilleUSA Network7 p.m.
 Game 2 – (3) Winnipeg at (2) EdmontonNBCSN9 p.m.
 Game 3 – (2) Vegas/Colorado at (3) St. LouisUSA Network9:30 p.m.
Sat., May 22Game 4 – (2) Florida at (3) Tampa BayCNBC12:30 p.m.
 Game 4 – (1) Pittsburgh at (4) N.Y. IslandersNBC3 p.m.
 Game 2 – (4) Montreal at (1) TorontoCNBC7 p.m.
 Game 4 – (1) Vegas/Colorado at (4) MinnesotaNBC8 p.m.