NHL games today: Everything you need to know about Sunday’s playoff schedule

The Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins skated away with victories on Saturday in the opening games of the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs.

The final two Eastern Conference series kick off on Sunday and two Western Conference openers are scheduled.

The program kicks off in the afternoon with the Tampa Bay Lightning visiting the Florida Panthers, a meeting between two teams that have been to the last four Stanley Cup Finals. The Presidents’ Trophy-winning New York Rangers host the Washington Capitals, the Colorado Avalanche visit the Winnipeg Jets and the evening ends with the Nashville Predators visiting the Vancouver Canucks.

Here’s what you need to know about Sunday’s NHL playoff games:

Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers players brawl during the third period of their Feb. 17 game.Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers players brawl during the third period of their Feb. 17 game.

Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers players brawl during the third period of their Feb. 17 game.

When are Sunday’s NHL playoff games?

All times pm ET

Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers, 12:30 p.m

Washington Capitals at New York Rangers, 3

Colorado Avalanche at Winnipeg Jets, 7

Nashville Predators at Vancouver Canucks, 10

How to watch Sunday’s NHL playoff games

The first, second and fourth games will be on ESPN, while the Avalanche-Jets game will appear on ESPN2.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers: What You Need to Know

The Panthers reached the Stanley Cup Final last season, while the Lightning won back-to-back championships in 2020 and 2021 and lost in the 2022 Finals. Florida won the season series 2-1, including a 9-2 victory that included 14 misconduct penalties were distributed. Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov led the NHL with 144 points, while Florida’s Sergei Bobrovsky was one of the league’s best goaltenders. Tampa Bay’s Anthony Duclair played for the Panthers last season.

Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers: What You Need to Know

Presidents’ Trophy winners don’t get there often, but the Rangers won the Stanley Cup in 1994 and reached the conference finals in 2015. Rangers coach Peter Laviolette was with the Capitals from 2020 to 2023. He was replaced by Spencer Carbery. The teams split the season series 2-2. Capitals goaltender Charlie Lindgren excelled, going 2-1 with a 1.35 goals-against average and a .955 save percentage. His brother Ryan plays for the Rangers.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Winnipeg Jets: What you need to know

Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon is one of the favorites for the Hart Trophy and Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck is expected to win the Vezina Trophy. The season series went heavily to the Jets, who won all three games and defeated the Avalanche 17-4. That includes a 7-0 win on April 13. Colorado will not have forward Jonathan Drouin injured for the series.

Nashville Predators vs. Vancouver Canucks: What you need to know

The Canucks won the season series 3-0 and made Predators goalie Juuse Saros (4.81, .833) look ordinary. But that was before the Predators had an 18-game point streak in February and March. Vancouver defenseman Quinn Hughes and Nashville’s Roman Josi are expected to be finalists for the Norris Trophy.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: What NHL games are on today? Sunday playoff matchups, how to watch