NHL Playoff Schedule 2013: Daily Listings for Entire First Round

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NHL Playoff Schedule 2013: Daily Listings for Entire First Round
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The 48-game, lockout-shortened NHL regular season flew by, and now it's time for the real thing as the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs are set to drop the puck.

While it may have been easier (or harder) for some teams to make the playoffs with a shorter schedule, there will be no gimmes in these seven-game series, as only the best teams will end up moving on. 

Will we see the Chicago Blackhawks continue their historic tear through the postseason? Will surprises like Montreal or Anaheim make deep runs? Or will we see a low seed hoist the Stanley Cup yet again?

Let's dive in and check out the schedules for each series. 

 

Western Conference

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No. 1 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 8 Minnesota Wild

Date Time Host TV Coverage
Tuesday, April 30 8 p.m. Chicago NBC Sports Network, CBC
Friday, May 3 9:30 p.m. Chicago NBC Sports Network, CBC
Sunday, May 5 3 p.m. Minnesota NBC, CBC
Tuesday, May 7 9:30 p.m. Minnesota NBC Sports Network, CBC
*Thursday, May 9 TBD Chicago CBC
*Saturday, May 11 TBD Minnesota CBC
*Sunday, May 12 TBD Chicago CBC

 

No. 2 Anaheim Ducks vs. No. 7 Detroit Red Wings

Date Time Host TV Coverage
Tuesday, April 30 10:30 p.m. Anaheim NBC Sports Network, TSN
Thursday, May 2 10 p.m. Anaheim NBC Sports Network, TSN
Saturday, May 4 7:30 p.m. Detroit NBC Sports Network, TSN
Monday, May 6 8 p.m. Detroit CNBC, TSN
*Wednesday, May 8 10 p.m. Anaheim TSN
*Friday, May 10 TBD Detroit TSN
*Sunday, May 12 TBD Anaheim TSN

 

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 6 San Jose Sharks

Date Time Host TV Coverage
Wednesday, May 1 10:30 p.m. Vancouver TSN, NBC Sports Network
Friday, May 3 10 p.m. Vancouver TSN, CNBC
Sunday, May 5 10 p.m. San Jose NBC Sports Network, TSN
Tuesday, May 7 10 p.m. San Jose CNBC, TSN
*Thursday, May 9 10 p.m. Vancouver TSN
*Saturday, May 11 TBD San Jose TSN
*Monday, May 13 TBD Vancouver TSN

 

No. 4 St. Louis Blues vs. No. 5 Los Angeles Kings

Date Time Host TV Coverage
Tuesday, April 30 8 p.m. St. Louis CNBC, CBC
Thursday, May 2 9:30 p.m. St. Louis CNBC, CBC
Saturday, May 4 10 p.m. Los Angeles NBC Sports Network, CBC
Monday, May 6 10 p.m. Los Angeles NBC Sports Network, CBC
*Wednesday, May 8 TBD St. Louis CBC
*Friday, May 10 TBD Los Angeles CBC
*Monday, May 13 TBD St. Louis CBC

 

Eastern Conference

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No. 1 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 New York Islanders

Date Time Host TV Coverage
Wednesday, May 1 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh NBC Sports Network, TSN
Friday, May 3 7 p.m. Pittsburgh NBC Sports Network, TSN
Sunday, May 5 Noon New York NBC, TSN
Tuesday, May 7 7 p.m. New York NBC Sports Network, TSN
*Thursday, May 9 7 p.m. Pittsburgh TSN
*Saturday, May 11 TBD New York TSN
*Sunday, May 12 TBD Pittsburgh TSN

 

No. 2 Montreal Canadiens vs. No. 7 Ottawa Senators

Date Time Host TV Coverage
Wednesday, May 2 7 p.m. Montreal CNBC, CBC
Friday, May 3 7 p.m. Montreal CNBC, CBC
Sunday, May 5 7 p.m. Ottawa NBC Sports Network, CBC
Tuesday, May 7 7 p.m. Ottawa CNBC, CBC
*Thursday, May 9 7 p.m. Montreal CBC
*Saturday, May 11 TBD Ottawa CBC
*Sunday, May 12 TBD Montreal CBC

 

No. 3 Washington Capitals vs. No. 6 New York Rangers

Date Time Host TV Coverage
Thursday, May 2 7:30 p.m. Washington NBC Sports Network, TSN
Saturday, May 4 12:30 p.m. Washington NBC, TSN
Monday, May 6 7:30 p.m. New York NBC Sports Network, TSN
Wednesday, May 8 7:30 p.m. New York NBC Sports Network, TSN
*Friday, May 10 7:30 p.m. Washington TSN
*Sunday, May 12 TBD New York TSN
*Monday, May 13 TBD Washington TSN

 

No. 4 Boston Bruins vs. No. 5 Toronto Maple Leafs

Date Time Host TV Coverage
Wednesday, May 1 7 p.m. Boston CNBC, CBC
Saturday, May 4 7 p.m. Boston CNBC, CBC
Monday, May 6 7 p.m. Toronto NHL Network (U.S.), CBC
Wednesday, May 8 7 p.m. Toronto NHL Network (U.S.), CBC
*Friday, May 10 7 p.m. Boston CBC
*Sunday, May 12 TBD Toronto CBC
*Monday, May 13 TBD Boston CBC

- All times Eastern Daylight Time

* = if necessary 


Prediction

It's difficult in any league to pick one team out of 16 that will win a tournament, but in the NHL, it's nearly impossible. Last year, a tiny fraction of people would have taken the Kings to rout through the playoffs and win the Stanley Cup in dominating fashion.

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I'm not going out on a limb this year, though. This year, the Chicago Blackhawks are head-and-shoulders above every other team and are firing on all cylinders.

Their immense collection of talent is finally mature enough to make them a real Cup contender every season. We saw in 2010 what that untapped potential could do even as a bunch of youngsters, but in 2013 they're a whole different beast.

Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are playing like superstars, and the rest of the roster is full of talented playmakers. It also doesn't hurt that their goals-against average of 2.0 is the best in the NHL, and they are second in the league in goals for with 3.1 per game.

When you average winning by more than one goal per game, it's pretty obvious that your team is unstoppable. The Blackhawks will prove that by cruising through an inconsistent Western Conference and then taking down the Bruins in the East, who are getting hot at the right time.

Stanley Cup Prediction: Chicago Blackhawks over Boston Bruins in five games.

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