2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL Playoff TV Schedule 2013: Complete Viewing Guide for Round 1

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 26:  Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates his first period goal, his 23rd of the season, against the Calgary Flames at the United Center on April 26, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Flames 3-1.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IApril 29, 2013

The 2013 NHL playoffs are just around the corner, slated to begin on April 30.

The Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins are the front-runners to take home the Stanley Cup this year, while teams like the Boston Bruins, Anaheim Ducks, Montreal Canadiens, Washington Capitals and New York Rangers hope to spoil the party.

The Blackhawks racked up 77 points this season (36-7-5) and posted the best goal differential in the NHL at plus-53. That includes giving up the fewest goals in the league. They have gone 7-2-1 in their last 10 games.

The Penguins registered 72 points this season (36-12-0), good for most in the Eastern Conference. They posted the second-best goal differential in the league at plus-46 and have scored the most goals in the NHL with 165. They've gone 8-2-0 in their last 10 games.

Obviously, a Stanley Cup Final between the Blackhawks and Penguins would be epic.

As for the Bruins, they've allowed the third-fewest goals in the NHL, led by fourth-year goalie Tuukka Rask (third-best save percentage in the league). On the other hand, they've gone 3-5-2 in their last 10 games.

The Ducks (66 points, 30-12-6) posted a plus-22 goal differential this season. They also scored the eighth-most goals in the NHL and ranked ninth in goals allowed. Center Ryan Getzlaf leads the team with 49 points (tied for 10th in the NHL).

The Capitals scored the fourth-most goals in the NHL this season, led by left wing Alex Ovechkin (32 goals, 24 assists) and center Mike Ribeiro (13 goals, 36 assists). Washington posted a goal differential of plus-19 and has gone 8-1-1 in its last 10 games.

And don't forget about the Rangers. They've posted a plus-18 goal differential this season while going 7-3-0 in their last 10 games. They've allowed the fourth-fewest goals in the league, led by goalie Henrik Lundqvist (fifth-best save percentage).

Here's the schedule for the first round of the 2013 NHL playoffs.


When: April 30 - May 13 (if necessary) 

Watch: NBC Sports, NBC, NHL Network, TSN, CNBC, RDS, CBC

Live Stream: NHL.com


2013 NHL Playoff Round 1 TV Schedule (courtesy of NHL.com)

All times ET. *If necessary

(1) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (8) New York Islanders

Game Date Time Network
Wednesday, May 1 7:30 p.m. NBC Sports, TSN
Friday, May 3 7 p.m. NBC Sports, TSN
Sunday, May 5 12 p.m. NBC, TSN
Tuesday, May 7  7 p.m. NBC Sports, TSN
5* Thursday, May 9  7 p.m. TSN
6* Saturday, May 11
7*  Sunday, May 12  TBD TSN

(2) Montreal Canadiens vs. (7) Ottawa Senators

Game Date Time Network
Thursday, May 2  7 p.m. CBC, RDS, CNBC
Friday, May 3  7 p.m. CBC, RDS, CNBC
Sunday, May 5 7 p.m.
CBC, RDS, NBC Sports 
Tuesday, May 7  7 p.m.  CBC, RDS, CNBC 
5*  Thursday, May 9 7 p.m.  CBC, RDS 
6*  Saturday, May 11 TBD  CBC, RDS 
7* Sunday, May 12 TBD  CBC, RDS 

(3) Washington Capitals vs. (6) New York Rangers

Game Date Time Network
1 Thursday, May 2  7:30 p.m.  NBC Sports, TSN
Saturday, May 4 12:30 p.m.  NBC, TSN 
Monday, May 6 7:30 p.m.  NBC Sports, TSN
4 Wednesday, May 8 7:30 p.m. NBC Sports, TSN 
5* Friday, May 10 7:30 p.m.  TSN 
6* Sunday, May 12 TBD TSN 
7* Monday, May 13 TBD TSN

(4) Boston Bruins vs. (5) Toronto Maple Leafs

Game Date Time Network
Wednesday, May 1 7 p.m.  CNBC, CBC, RDS 
Saturday, May 4 7 p.m.  CNBC, CBC, RDS 
Monday, May 6 7 p.m.  CBC, RDS, NHL Network 
Wednesday, May 8 7 p.m.  CBC, RDS, NHL Network 
5* Friday, May 10 7 p.m.  CNBC, CBC, RDS 
6* Sunday, May 12 TBD  CNBC, CBC, RDS 
7*  Monday, May 13 TBD  CNBC, CBC, RDS 

(1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (8) Minnesota Wild

Game Date Time Network
1 Tuesday, April 30 8 p.m. NBC Sports, CBC 
Friday, May 3  9:30 p.m. NBC Sports, CBC 
Sunday, May 5  3 p.m.  NBC, CBC 
4 Tuesday, May 7  9:30 p.m. NBC Sports, CBC 
5*  Thursday, May 9  TBD  CBC 
6* Saturday, May 11  TBD  CBC 
7* Sunday, May 12  TBD  CBC 

(2) Anaheim Ducks vs. (7) Detroit Red Wings

Game Date Time Network
1 Tuesday, April 30  10:30 p.m.  NBC Sports, TSN 
Thursday, May 2  10 p.m.  NBC Sports, TSN 
Saturday, May 4  7:30 p.m.  NBC Sports, TSN 
Monday, May 6  8 p.m.  CNBC, TSN
5*  Wednesday, May 8  10 p.m. TSN 
6* Friday, May 10  TBD  TSN 
7*  Sunday, May 12   TBD  TSN 

(3) Vancouver Canucks vs. (6) San Jose Sharks

Game Date Time Network
1 Wednesday, May 1 10:30 p.m.  TSN, NBC Sports 
Friday, May 3 10 p.m.  TSN, CNBC 
3 Sunday, May 5 10 p.m. 
NBC Sports, TSN 
4 Tuesday, May 7 10 p.m.   CNBC, TSN 
5*  Thursday, May 9 10 p.m.   TSN 
6* Saturday, May 11 TBD  TSN
7*  Monday, May 13  TBD  TSN 

(4) St. Louis Blues vs. (5) Los Angeles Kings

Game Date Time Network
1 Tuesday, April 30  8 p.m. CNBC, CBC 
2 Thursday, May 2   9:30 p.m.  CNBC, CBC 
3 Saturday, May 4 
10 p.m.  NBC Sports, CBC 
4 Monday, May 6   10 p.m.  NBC Sports, CBC 
5* Wednesday, May 8  TBD  CBC
6* Friday, May 10  TBD  CBC 
7* Monday, May 13  TBD  CBC 


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