Stanley Cup Playoff matchups finalized

The four remaining Stanley Cup Playoff matchups were finalized Sunday.

The Anaheim Ducks will play the Calgary Flames in the Western Conference First Round, and the Edmonton Oilers will face the San Jose Sharks.

In the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Maple Leafs will play the Washington Capitals in the first round, and the Boston Bruins will face the Ottawa Senators.

The Ducks clinched the Pacific Division in their 4-3 overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings. Anaheim secured its series with Calgary, the first wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference, when it earned a point for getting to overtime.

Edmonton, which finished second in the Pacific, entered Sunday with a chance for its first division title in 30 years with a victory and an Anaheim regulation loss. The Oilers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 in their season finale.

The Sharks finished third in the Pacific.

The other two matchups in the Western Conference were determined Saturday. The Chicago Blackhawks will play the Nashville Predators, and the Minnesota Wild will face the St. Louis Blues.

Toronto finished as the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference when it lost 3-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets in their regular-season finale Sunday. The Maple Leafs would have finished third in the Atlantic Division with a win or a loss in overtime or the shootout.

Toronto's regulation loss meant the Bruins finished third in the Atlantic. Boston will begin the postseason on the road against Ottawa, which finished in second place in the division.

The other two matchups in the Eastern Conference had already been set. The Atlantic Division-winning Montreal Canadiens will play the New York Rangers, who finished as the first wild card from the East, and the Pittsburgh Penguins (second place in Metropolitan) will face the Blue Jackets (third place in Metropolitan).

The playoffs begin Wednesday.

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2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Full schedule

CBC Sports will have coverage of the Toronto Maple Leafs' first-round playoff series against the league-leading Washington Capitals as well as the Calgary Flames' Pacific matchup with the Anaheim Ducks on CBC television, CBCSports.ca and the CBC Sports app.

CBC Sports is also offering select games between the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers.

Here is the full schedule for the 2017 NHL playoffs (all times Eastern):

ROUND 1

Eastern Conference

Washington vs. Toronto

Thursday, April 13 at 7 p.m. – Toronto at Washington (CBC Sports)
Saturday, April 15 at 7 p.m. – Toronto at Washington (CBC Sports)
Monday, April 17 at 7 p.m. – Washington at Toronto (CBC Sports)
Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. – Washington at Toronto (CBC Sports)
*Friday, April 21 at TBD – Toronto at Washington (TBD)
*Sunday, April 23 at TBD – Washington at Toronto (TBD)
*Tuesday, April 25 at TBD – Toronto at Washington (TBD)

Montreal vs. New York Rangers

Wednesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. –  New York at Montreal (CBC Sports)
Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m. – New York at Montreal (CBC Sports)
Sunday, April 16 at 7 p.m. – Montreal at New York (Sportsnet)
Tuesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. – Montreal at New York (CBC Sports)
*Thursday, April 20 at TBD – New York at Montreal (TBD)
*Saturday, April 22 at TBD – Montreal at New York (TBD)
*Monday, April 24 at TBD – New York at Montreal (TBD)

Pittsburgh vs. Columbus

Wednesday April 12 at 7:30 p.m. – Columbus at Pittsburgh (SN 360)
Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m. – Columbus at Pittsburgh (Sportsnet)
Sunday, April 16 at 6 p.m. – Pittsburgh at Columbus (SN 360)
Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. – Pittsburgh at Columbus (SN 360)
*Thursday, April 20 at TBD – Columbus at Pittsburgh (TBD)
*Sunday, April 23 at TBD – Pittsburgh at Columbus (TBD)
*Tuesday, April 25 at TBD – Columbus at Pittsburgh (TBD)

Ottawa vs. Boston

Wednesday April 12 at 7 p.m. – Boston at Ottawa (Sportsnet)
Saturday, April 15 at 3 p.m. – Boston at Ottawa (Sportsnet)
Monday, April 17 at 7 p.m. – Ottawa at Boston (Sportsnet)
Wednesday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. – Ottawa at Boston (Sportsnet)
*Friday, April 21 at TBD – Boston at Ottawa (TBD)
*Sunday, April 23 at TBD – Ottawa at Boston (TBD)
*Wednesday, April 26 at TBD – Boston at Ottawa (TBD)

Western Conference

Anaheim vs. Calgary

Thursday, April 13 at 10:30 p.m. – Calgary at Anaheim (CBC Sports)
Saturday, April 15 at 10:30 p.m. – Calgary at Anaheim (CBC Sports)
Monday, April 17 at 10 p.m. – Anaheim at Calgary (CBC Sports)
Wednesday, April 19 at 10 p.m. – Anaheim at Calgary (CBC Sports)
*Friday, April 21 at TBD – Calgary at Anaheim (TBD)
*Sunday, April 23 at TBD – Anaheim at Calgary (TBD)
*Tuesday, April 25 at TBD – Calgary at Anaheim (TBD)

Edmonton vs. San Jose

Wednesday, April 12 at 10 p.m. – San Jose at Edmonton (Sportsnet)
Friday, April 14 at 10:30 p.m. – San Jose at Edmonton (Sportsnet)
Sunday, April 16 at 10 p.m. – Edmonton at San Jose (Sportsnet)
Tuesday, April 18 at 10 p.m. – Edmonton at San Jose (Sportsnet)
*Thursday, April 20 at TBD – San Jose at Edmonton (TBD)
*Saturday, April 22 at TBD – Edmonton at San Jose (TBD)
*Monday, April 24 at TBD – San Jose at Edmonton (TBD)

Chicago vs. Nashville

Thursday, April 13 at 8 p.m. – Nashville at Chicago (Sportsnet)
Saturday, April 15 at 8 p.m. – Nashville at Chicago (Sportsnet)
Monday, April 17 at 9:30 p.m. – Chicago at Nashville (SN ONE)
Thursday, April 20 at TBD – Chicago at Nashville (SN 360)
*Saturday, April 22 at TBD – Nashville at Chicago (TBD)
*Monday, April 24 at TBD – Chicago at Nashville (TBD)
*Wednesday, April 26 at TBD – Nashville at Chicago (TBD)

Minnesota vs. St. Louis

Wednesday, April 12 at 9:30 p.m. – St. Louis at Minnesota (SN 360)
Friday, April 14 at 8 p.m. – St. Louis at Minnesota (SN 360)
Sunday, April 16 at 3 p.m. – Minnesota at St. Louis (Sportsnet)
Wednesday, April 19 at 9:30 p.m. – Minnesota at St. Louis (SN 360)
*Saturday, April 22 at TBD – St. Louis at Minnesota (TBD)
*Monday, April 24 at TBD – Minnesota at St. Louis (TBD)
*Wednesday, April 26 at TBD – St. Louis at Minnesota (TBD)


NHL playoffs open Wednesday with five series starting

WHO'S PLAYING

EAST: The NHL-leading Washington Capitals face the Toronto Maple Leafs and the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins have home-ice advantage against the rival Columbus Blue Jackets on the Metropolitan Division side. On the Atlantic side, the division champion Montreal Canadiens face the wild-card New York Rangers, and the Ottawa Senators have home ice against the Boston Bruins.

West: The Central Division champion Chicago Blackhawks open against the wild-card Nashville Predators, and the Minnesota Wild have home-ice advantage against former coach Mike Yeo and the St. Louis Blues. On the Pacific side, the division champion Anaheim Ducks face the wild-card Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers have home ice against the defending Western Conference champion San Jose Sharks.

WHAT TO WATCH

— The playoffs start in Ottawa and Montreal on Wednesday with the Canadiens back in the playoffs against the Rangers and the Senators hosting the Bruins. Expect tension for Montreal and New York after the teams met in a contentious 2014 Eastern Conference final.

— Also Wednesday, the Penguins host the Blue Jackets, Wild host the Blues and Oilers host the Sharks.

— The Capitals and Maple Leafs start Thursday in Washington, the Blackhawks host the Predators and Ducks host the Flames.

LOOSE PUCKS

Nine of the 16 playoff teams have a different coach than the one they began last season with: the Canadiens (Claude Julien), Senators (Guy Boucher), Penguins (Mike Sullivan), Blue Jackets (John Tortorella), Bruins (Bruce Cassidy), Wild (Bruce Boudreau), Blues (Mike Yeo), Ducks (Randy Carlyle) and Flames (Glen Gulutzan). Four of the past 11 Cup champions made an in-season coaching change. Montreal, Boston and St. Louis are the three teams this year to do that. ... Connor McDavid reached 100 points in the Oilers' regular-season finale, the 28th 100-point season by a player since 2005-06. ... The Capitals and Maple Leafs have never met in a playoff series. ... Boston rookie defenseman Brandon Carlo's status is uncertain after he was injured on a hit by Alex Ovechkin on Saturday.

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