NHL Playoff Schedule 2014: Dates, Matchups, Game Times and TV Coverage Info

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NHL Playoff Schedule 2014: Dates, Matchups, Game Times and TV Coverage Info
Michael Dwyer

Sunday night, April 13, marked the end of the NHL's regular season. With that, every playoff matchup is set, and the schedule has been released for the postseason, per NHL.com.

The Boston Bruins are the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Thanks to the St. Louis Blues' recent collapse, the Colorado Avalanche are the top seed in the Western Conference.

The Blues lost their sixth game in a row on Sunday to the Detroit Red Wings. Because of the loss, the Avalanche clinched the conference's top spot before hitting the ice in Anaheim against the Anaheim Ducks.

Per Bovada, the Bruins are now the team to beat in the postseason:

Here's a look at the overall schedule, TV and live stream coverage for the NHL postseason.

 

When: Playoffs begin on Wednesday, April 16

Watch: NBC, NBCSN, TSN and CNBC

Live Stream: NHL GameCenter Live (paid subscription)

 

The NHL has a new playoff format. It might be a little confusing for old school fans. Per ESPN.com, here's a breakdown of the format:

The NHL first-round playoff matchups based on the current NHL standings. The top three teams in each division earn berths in the playoffs. The next two teams in terms of total points in the conference, regardless of division, earn the wild card spots. This gives a total of eight teams from each conference. 

The top seed in each division plays one of the wild-card teams in its conference. The division leader with the most points plays the wild-card team with the least points. The second and third seeds in each division face each other in the first round.

Here's a look at each matchup, the game times, and a brief preview of each series.

 

Eastern Conference

Boston Bruins (54-19-9, 117 points) vs. Detroit Red Wings (39-28-15, 93 points)

  • Game 1: Friday, April 18, 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Boston, NBC Sports Network, TSN
  • Game 2: Sunday, April 20, 3 p.m. Detroit at Boston, NBC, TSN
  • Game 3: Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 p.m. Boston at Detroit, NBC Sports Network, TSN
  • Game 4: Thursday, April 24, 8 p.m. Boston at Detroit, NBC Sports Network, TSN
  • *Game 5: Saturday, April 26, 3 p.m. Detroit at Boston, NBC, TSN
  • *Game 6: Monday, April 28, TBD. Boston at Detroit, TSN
  • *Game 7: Wednesday, April 30, TBD. Detroit at Boston, TSN

 

Detroit has made a habit out of knocking off top teams. On the last day of the regular season, the Wings handed the Blues a loss that officially dropped them to the second seed in their division.

During the regular season, Detroit took three of four from Boston.

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Henrik Zetterberg scored a goal in all but one of the games. He missed the last meeting with an injury. Per Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News, the original eight-week timetable is still a little less than two weeks away.

Pulling the first-round upset without the captain will be a tough task for Detroit.

 

Tampa Bay Lightning (46-27-9, 101 points) vs. Montreal Canadiens (46-28-8, 100 points)

  • Game 1: Wednesday, April 16, 7 p.m. Montreal at Tampa Bay, CNBC, CBC, RDS
  • Game 2: Friday, April 18, 7 p.m. Montreal at Tampa Bay, CNBC, CBC, RDS
  • Game 3: Sunday, April 20, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Montreal, CBC, RDS, NBC Sports Network
  • Game 4: Tuesday, April 22, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Montreal, CBC, RDS, NHL Network U.S.
  • Game 5: *Thursday, April 24, 7 p.m. Montreal at Tampa Bay, CNBC, CBC, RDS
  • Game 6: *Sunday, April 27, TBD. Tampa Bay at Montreal, CBC, RDS, NBC Sports Network
  • Game 7: *Tuesday, April 29, TBD. Montreal at Tampa Bay, CBC, RDS

All four of the regular-season meetings were tight between these two teams. Three of them couldn't be settled during regulation time.

The Lightning won three of their four meetings, but they shouldn't feel over confident heading in.

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Canadiens goalie Carey Price only surrendered 1.5 goals per game against the Lightning this season. He'll need to be as sharp or sharper in the playoffs.

 

Pittsburgh Penguins (51-24-6, 108 points) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (43-32-7, 93 points)

  • Game 1: Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m. Columbus at Pittsburgh, NBC Sports Network, CBC
  • Game 2: Saturday, April 19, 7 p.m. Columbus at Pittsburgh, NBC Sports Network, CBC
  • Game 3: Monday, April 21, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Columbus, NBC Sports Network, CBC 
  • Game 4: Wednesday, April 23, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Columbus, NBC Sports Network, CBC
  • *Game 5: Saturday, April 26, TBD. Columbus at Pittsburgh, CBC 
  • *Game 6: Monday, April 28, TBD. Pittsburgh at Columbus, CBC
  • *Game 7: Wednesday, April 30, TBD. Columbus at Pittsburgh, CBC

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Blue Jackets fans can't be too happy about this matchup. The team was swept fives games to none in the regular-season series. There's little reason to believe the playoff meeting will be any different.

Chris Kunitz scored four goals against Columbus this season, and Sidney Crosby was predictably fantastic. He had two goals and five assists against the Blue Jackets.

If you're looking for a first-round series that'll end in a sweep, this is a good bet.

 

New York Rangers (45-31-6, 96 points) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (42-30-10, 94 points)

  • Game 1: Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at NY Rangers, CNBC, TSN
  • Game 2: Sunday, April 20, Noon. Philadelphia at NY Rangers, NBC, TSN
  • Game 3: Tuesday, April 22, 8 p.m. NY Rangers at Philadelphia, CNBC, TSN
  • Game 4: Friday, April 25, 7 p.m. NY Rangers at Philadelphia, CNBC, TSN
  • *Game 5: Sunday, April 27, Noon. Philadelphia at NY Rangers, NBC, TSN
  • *Game 6: Tuesday, April 29, TBD. NY Rangers at Philadelphia, TSN
  • *Game 7: Wednesday, April 30, TBD. Philadelphia at NY Rangers, TSN

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This one should be a good ole fashioned east coast brawl. They split the season series two games apiece. The team on home ice won every game.

Needless to say, the Rangers have a distinct edge because of that statistic. However, if they should slip in Game 1, 2 or 5 (provided it goes that long) New York could be in trouble.

 

Western Conference

Anaheim Ducks (53-20-8, 114 points) vs. Dallas Stars (40-30-11, 91 points)

  • Game 1: Wednesday, April 16, 10 p.m. Dallas at Anaheim, NBC Sports Network, TSN
  • Game 2: Friday, April 18, 10 p.m. Dallas at Anaheim, NBC Sports Network, TSN
  • Game 3: Monday, April 21, 9:30 p.m. Anaheim at Dallas, NBC Sports Network, TSN 
  • Game 4: Wednesday, April 23, 8 p.m. Anaheim at Dallas, CNBC, TSN
  • *Game 5: Friday, April 25, 10:30 p.m. Dallas at Anaheim, NBC Sports Network, TSN 
  • *Game 6: Sunday, April 27, TBD. Anaheim at Dallas, TSN
  • *Game 7: Tuesday, April 29, TBD. Dallas at Anaheim, TSN

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Dallas finally wrapped up the final playoff spot. But their stay in the Stanley Cup playoffs could be short. 

The Ducks had the top record in the Western Conference and deserve to be the favorites. That said, the Stars will come in with some confidence, having taken two of three games from the Ducks in the regular season.

The Stars were able to shut out the Ducks on Feb. 1. It was the first time all season Anaheim's high-powered offense had been held scoreless.

Dallas' stingy effort was spearheaded by Dan Ellis' 26 saves. However, Ellis has since been traded to the Florida Panthers. We'll see if Kari Lehtonen and Tim Thomas can duplicate Ellis' performance.

 

San Jose Sharks (51-22-9, 111 points) vs. Los Angeles Kings (46-28-8, 100 points)

  • Game 1: Thursday, April 17, 10:30 p.m. Los Angeles at San Jose, NBC Sports Network, CBC
  • Game 2: Sunday, April 20, 10 p.m. Los Angeles at San Jose, NBC Sports Network, CBC 
  • Game 3: Tuesday, April 22, 10 p.m. San Jose at Los Angeles, NBC Sports Network, CBC
  • Game 4: Thursday, April 24, 10:30 p.m. San Jose at Los Angeles, NBC Sports Network, CBC 
  • *Game 5: Saturday, April 26, TBD. Los Angeles at San Jose, NBC Sports Network, CBC
  • *Game 6: Monday, April 28, TBD. San Jose at Los Angeles, CBC
  • *Game 7: Wednesday, April 30, TBD. Los Angeles at San Jose, CBC

Kevork Djansezian

The Kings had the edge in the regular season. They were 3-1-1 against the Sharks, but every game was close. This one could come down to goaltending.

L.A. used three goalies in the series. A more consistent look at the position is probable in the playoffs. Expect Jonathan Quick to see the majority of time in the playoffs. After all, he did record a shutout against the Sharks in a 1-0 win on January 27.

 

Colorado Avalanche (52-22-7, 111 points) vs. Minnesota Wild (43-26-12, 98 points)

  • Game 1: Thursday, April 17, 9:30 p.m. Minnesota at Colorado, CNBC, TSN
  • Game 2: Saturday, April 19, 9:30 p.m. Minnesota at Colorado, NBC Sports Network, TSN
  • Game 3: Monday, April 21, 7 p.m. Colorado at Minnesota, NHL Network U.S., TSN    
  • Game 4: Thursday, April 24, 9:30 p.m. Colorado at Minnesota, CNBC, TSN2
  • *Game 5: Saturday, April 26, TBD. Minnesota at Colorado, TSN
  • *Game 6: Monday, April 28, TBD. Colorado at Minnesota, TSN        
  • *Game 7: Wednesday, April 30, TBD. Minnesota at Colorado, TSN   

David Zalubowski

The Wild are playing too well to predict this series will end in a sweep. Minnesota came into Sunday night's finale on a four-game win streak.

Still, Colorado handled them pretty easily in the regular season. The only head-to-head matchup the Avalanche didn't win was a 2-1 loss back in December.

This should be a high-scoring and entertaining series for as long as it lasts.

 

St. Louis Blues (52-23-7, 111 points) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (46-21-15, 107 points)

  • Game 1: Thursday, April 17, 8 p.m. Chicago at St. Louis, NBC Sports Network, CBC
  • Game 2: Saturday, April 19, 3 p.m. Chicago at St. Louis, NBC, CBC
  • Game 3: Monday, April 21, 8:30 p.m. St. Louis at Chicago, CNBC, CBC
  • Game 4: Wednesday, April 23, 9:30 p.m. St. Louis at Chicago, NBC Sports Network, CBC
  • *Game 5: Friday, April 25, 8 p.m. Chicago at St. Louis, NBC Sports Network, CBC
  • *Game 6: Sunday, April 27, 3 p.m. St. Louis at Chicago, NBC, CBC
  • *Game 7: Tuesday, April 29, TBD. Chicago at St. Louis, CBC

The Blues faded terribly down the stretch, and the defending champions have to be licking their chops. Though the Blues had the slight edge in the regular season (3-2-0), the Blackhawks won the last two meetings.

Most recently, Chicago handed St. Louis a 4-2 defeat on April 6, despite playing without Jonathan Toews and others. 

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The injuries have allowed reserves like Jeremy Morin to step up when their names have been called. Veteran cornerstone Patrick Sharp recognizes the contribution.

He told Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times:

I think the guy you look at is Jeremy Morin . He’s playing awesome. . . . You see a guy like that who’s been getting limited minutes, and his minutes are going up every game. You see him get out there and make the most of his opportunity. It forces everybody to pick up their game, too.

Chicago has to like their chances, even without home ice.

* - if game is necessary.

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