NHL Playoff TV Schedule 2013: 1st-Round Series Most Worth Our Viewing Time
The 2013 NHL playoffs will be an entertaining ride from start to finish. There are great matchups on tap for the first round and that should roll all the way through the playoffs.
Three matchups in the first round have really caught my eye and they will continue to catch it as I plan on watching every minute of these thrillers.
So, first check out the TV schedule for the entire first round, and then I'll break down the three series that have me the most excited.
2013 NHL Playoff Round 1 TV Schedule
All times ET. *If necessary (courtesy of NHL.com)
(1) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (8) New York Islanders
|1||Wednesday, May 1||7:30 p.m.||NBC Sports, TSN|
|2||Friday, May 3||7 p.m.||NBC Sports, TSN|
|3||Sunday, May 5||12 p.m.||NBC, TSN|
|4||Tuesday, May 7||7 p.m.||NBC Sports, TSN|
|5*||Thursday, May 9||7 p.m.||TSN|
|6*||Saturday, May 11 ||TBD||TSN|
|7*||Sunday, May 12||TBD||TSN|
(2) Montreal Canadiens vs. (7) Ottawa Senators
|1||Thursday, May 2||7 p.m.||CBC, RDS, CNBC
|2||Friday, May 3||7 p.m.||CBC, RDS, CNBC
|3||Sunday, May 5||7 p.m. ||CBC, RDS, NBC Sports|
|4||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
|1||Thursday, May 2||7:30 p.m.||NBC Sports, TSN
|2||Saturday, May 4||12:30 p.m.||NBC, TSN|
|3||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
|1||Wednesday, May 1||7 p.m.||CNBC, CBC, RDS|
|2||Saturday, May 4||7 p.m.||CNBC, CBC, RDS|
|3||Monday, May 6||7 p.m.||CBC, RDS, NHL Network|
|4||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
|1||Tuesday, April 30||8 p.m.||NBC Sports, CBC|
|2||Friday, May 3||9:30 p.m.||NBC Sports, CBC|
|3||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
|1||Tuesday, April 30||10:30 p.m.||NBC Sports, TSN|
|2||Thursday, May 2||10 p.m.||NBC Sports, TSN|
|3||Saturday, May 4||7:30 p.m.||NBC Sports, TSN|
|4||Monday, May 6||8 p.m.||
|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
|1||Wednesday, May 1||10:30 p.m.||TSN, NBC Sports|
|2||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
|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|
Vancouver Canucks (3) vs. San Jose Sharks (6)
The Vancouver Canucks are always a tough team to figure, and this year that is especially true.
The Canucks spent most of the regular season playing solid hockey and looking like a team that could make noise in the postseason. Then they limped to the finish line by going 5-4-1 to end the season.
While that late form doesn't inspire a lot of confidence in the Canucks chances, Roberto Luongo's play in goal has. The veteran has been in good form and his steady play will help the Canucks get back on track.
However, being on track might not be the right track for the Canucks in this series. The Sharks swept the Canucks this season.
Still, the Sharks have struggled to score goals this season, and considering Luongo's recent form, that should continue here.
Another big factor adding intrigue to this series is that the Canucks have the home-ice advantage, but they haven't been all that tough at home. At 17-2-5, the Sharks have.
This all sets up for a series I expect to go seven.
Washington Capitals (3) vs. New York Rangers (6)
This series should be well-played and exciting. The Rangers and Capitals enter the postseason as teams peaking at the right time.
The Rangers surged to a 10-3-1 mark to close the season while the Capitals were an even more impressive 15-2-2 in their season's final stretch.
What's more, this series isn't just exciting because of the terrific form of both teams, but also because they way they matchup.
Led by Alex Ovechkin, the Capitals can blow teams away with offense, and they have been. During that impressive 19-game stretch to close out the year, Ovechkin scored 19 goals.
Meanwhile, with Henrik Lundqvist playing as well as ever in the Rangers' goal, New York's defense is a formidable task for any offense.
St. Louis Blues (4) vs. Los Angeles Kings (5)
Can the Kings recapture their postseason magic for the second straight year?
Entering as the fifth seed, it actually won't be as daunting as last year when they pulled off the feat as the eighth seed. We should get a feel pretty quickly for the Kings' title chances as they will be facing a Blues team that is talented and riding a hot streak.
The Blues won 12 of their last 15 games, and they've largely been doing that with defense. Brian Elliot hasn't allowed more than a goal in nine of his last 11 starts. This is good news for the Blues, as the Kings bring an offense that is improved from last year's Stanley Cup team.
Jeff Carter is a big reason for the improvement. He posted 26 goals this year, and if he can provide consistent offense for the Kings in the postseason, they will be tough to beat.
That is because they still have Jonathan Quick in net. And Quick has been regaining his dominant form as he recovers from back surgery.
This will be an entertaining and long series.
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