TAMPA — The Lightning’s Stanley Cup semifinal series against the New York Islanders will get underway Sunday at Amalie Arena.
Game 1 will start at 3 p.m. and be broadcast nationally on NBC. All of the other games in the series will start at 8 p.m.
Game 2 will be Tuesday at Amalie and shown on NBC Sports Network before the series moves to Long Island for Games 3-4 Thursday and Saturday at Nassau Coliseum. Both of those games will be televised on USA.
If necessary, Game 5 will be Monday, June 21 in Tampa; Game 6 Wednesday, June 23 in Long Island; and Game 7 Friday, June 25 in Tampa. Each of those games would be shown on NBC Sports Network.
Because they had more points in the regular season, the Lightning will have home-ice advantage in the series.
The league announced both semifinal schedules Thursday night after the Vegas Golden Knights qualified for the final semifinal spot. Vegas will play Montreal in the other semifinal series, which will open Monday night in Las Vegas.
This is the second straight season the Lightning will play the Islanders in the Cup semifinal round. They eliminated the Islanders in six games in last season’s Eastern Conference final, played without fans in the Edmonton bubble.
This year marks the Islanders’ final season at Nassau Coliseum before moving to a new arena in nearby Belmont Park. The franchise has called the Uniondale, N.Y., arena home since 1972 with the exception of three full seasons and parts of two others that were played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Though the series won’t be called the Eastern Conference final, the winner will claim the Prince of Wales Trophy, traditionally awarded to the winner of the Eastern Conference. The Canadiens are an Eastern Conference team, but the winner of their series against the Golden Knights will receive the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl, which usually goes to the winner of the Western Conference.
Stanley Cup semifinals
Lightning vs. Islanders
Sunday: at Amalie Arena, 3, NBC
Tuesday: at Amalie Arena, 8, NBCSN
June 17: at Islanders, 8, USA
June 19: at Islanders, 8, USA
June 21: at Amalie Arena, 8, NBCSN*
June 23: at Islanders, 8, NBCSN*
June 25: at Amalie Arena, 8, NBCSN*
Radio: All games 970-AM
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