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NHL releases schedule for Golden Knights’ first round series against Kings

Now that we know the Kings are the Knights’ first opponent, the NHL has unveiled the schedule.

NHL: Vegas Golden Knights at Los Angeles Kings
Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Carpenter (40) and Los Angeles Kings center Nate Thompson (44) battle for a puck
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Vegas Golden Knights’ first round schedule against the Los Angeles Kings rested on the fate of the Boston Bruins. Who would have thought that would be a sentence at the start of the year?

The Bruins were looking to clinch the Atlantic Division title against the Florida Panthers Sunday night, but they ended up losing to Florida by a score of 4-2, which means the Tampa Bay Lightning, not the Bruins, are now Atlantic Division champs. However, that result had wide reaching implications for the first round of the playoffs, including the times in which the Golden Knights would face off against the Kings.

With the final game of the season in the rearview, though, we now know the official times and dates for each of the Golden Knights’ first five playoff games (if needed, of course).

Game 1 — Wednesday, April 11, 7 p.m. PT (10 ET)
Game 2 — Friday, April 13, 7 PT (10 ET)
Game 3 — Sunday, April 15, 7:30 PT (10:30 ET)
Game 4 — Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 PT (10:30 ET)
Game 5 (if needed) — Thursday, April 19, 7 PT (10 ET)
Game 6 (if needed) — Saturday, April 21, TBD
Game 7 (if needed) — Monday, April 23, TBD

It’s real, folks. Get ready for some playoff hockey.