NHL Playoff Schedule 2014: TV Info and Bracket Predictions for Stanley Cup Chase

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NHL Playoff Schedule 2014: TV Info and Bracket Predictions for Stanley Cup Chase
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There are several marquee first-round matchups across the league and hockey fans have been treated to an incredible start to the 2014 NHL playoff schedule.

With overtime thrillers, offensive showcases and defensive struggles, there has been something for everyone thus far. The excitement will only grow as each team continues their hunt for Stanley Cup glory.

Here is the full remaining first-round schedule for the 2014 playoffs, television information and predictions for each series. For an updated NHL playoff bracket, check out NHLPlayoffsBracket.com.

Complete 2014 NHL Playoffs First-Round Schedule
Eastern Conference
Date Time (ET) Matchup Watch
Friday, April 18 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Boston NBCSN
Sunday, April 20 3 p.m. Detroit at Boston NBC
Tuesday, April 22 7:30 p.m. Boston at Detroit NBCSN
Thursday, April 24 8 p.m. Boston at Detroit NBCSN
*Saturday, April 26 3 p.m. Detroit at Boston NBC
*Monday, April 28 TBD Boston at Detroit N/A
*Wednesday, April 30 TBD Detroit at Boston N/A
Date Time (ET) Matchup Watch
Wednesday, April 16 7 p.m. Montreal at Tampa Bay CNBC
Friday, April 18 7 p.m. Montreal at Tampa Bay CNBC
Sunday, April 20 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Montreal NBCSN
Tuesday, April 22 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Montreal NHL Network
*Thursday, April 24 7 p.m. Montreal at Tampa Bay N/A
*Sunday, April 27 TBD Tampa Bay at Montreal NBCSN
Tuesday, April 29 TBD Montreal at Tampa Bay N/A
Date Time (ET) Matchup Watch
Wednesday, April 16 7:30 p.m. Columbus at Pittsburgh NBCSN
Saturday, April 19 7 p.m. Columbus at Pittsburgh NBCSN
Monday, April 21 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Columbus NBCSN
Wednesday, April 23 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Columbus NBCSN
*Saturday, April 26 TBD Columbus at Pittsburgh N/A
*Monday, April 28 TBD Pittsburgh at Columbus N/A
*Wednesday, April 30 TBD Columbus at Pittsburgh N/A
Date Time (ET) Matchup Watch
Thursday, April 17 7 p.m. Philadelphia at NY Rangers CNBC
Sunday, April 20 Noon Philadelphia at NY Rangers NBC
Tuesday, April 22 8 p.m. NY Rangers at Philadelphia CNBC
Friday, April 25 7 p.m. NY Rangers at Philadelphia CNBC
*Sunday, April 27 Noon Philadelphia at NY Rangers NBC
*Tuesday, April 29 TBD NY Rangers at Philadelphia N/A
*Wednesday, April 30 TBD Philadelphia at NY Rangers N/A
Western Conference
Date Time (ET) Matchup Watch
Thursday, April 17 9:30 p.m. Minnesota at Colorado CNBC
Saturday, April 19 9:30 p.m. Minnesota at Colorado NBCSN
Monday, April 21 7 p.m. Colorado at Minnesota NHL Network
Thursday, April 24 9:30 p.m. Colorado at Minnesota CNBC
*Saturday, April 26 TBD Minnesota at Colorado N/A
*Monday, April 28 TBD Colorado at Minnesota N/A
*Wednesday, April 30 TBD Minnesota at Colorado N/A
Date Time (ET) Matchup Watch
Thursday, April 17 8 p.m. Chicago at St. Louis NBCSN
Saturday, April 19 3 p.m. Chicago at St. Louis NBC
Monday, April 21 8:30 p.m. St. Louis at Chicago CNBC
Wednesday, April 23 9:30 p.m. St. Louis at Chicago NBCSN
*Friday, April 25 8 p.m. Chicago at St. Louis NBCSN
*Sunday, April 27 3 p.m. St. Louis at Chicago NBC
*Tuesday, April 29 TBD Chicago at St. Louis N/A
Date Time (ET) Matchup Watch
Wednesday, April 16 10 p.m. Dallas at Anaheim NBCSN
Friday, April 18 10 p.m. Dallas at Anaheim NBCSN
Monday, April 21 9:30 p.m. Anaheim at Dallas NBCSN
Wednesday, April 23 8 p.m. Anaheim at Dallas CNBC
*Friday, April 25 10:30 p.m. Dallas at Anaheim NBCSN
*Sunday, April 27 TBD Anaheim at Dallas N/A
*Tuesday, April 29 TBD Dallas at Anaheim N/A
Date Time (ET) Matchup Watch
Thursday, April 17 10:30 p.m. Los Angeles at San Jose NBCSN
Sunday, April 20 10 p.m. Los Angeles at San Jose NBCSN
Tuesday, April 22 10 p.m. San Jose at Los Angeles NBCSN
Thursday, April 24 10:30 p.m. San Jose at Los Angeles NBCSN
*Saturday, April 26 TBD Los Angeles at San Jose NBCSN
*Monday, April 28 TBD San Jose at Los Angeles N/A
*Wednesday, April 30 TBD Los Angeles at San Jose N/A

Source: NHL.com. (*if necessary) TV Info for extra games released as determined.

After checking out the schedule, here are the predictions for every first-round matchup:

First-Round Matchups and Predictions
Eastern Conference
First-Round Matchup Predicted Winner
Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings Boston
Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Montreal
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Pittsburgh
New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia
Western Conference
First-Round Matchup Predicted Winner
Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars Anaheim
San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings San Jose
Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild Colorado
St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks St. Louis

Source: NHL.com

 

Monday’s Most Underrated Matchup: Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars

Jae C. Hong

TV Info: Monday, April 21 at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network

While Monday’s schedule is full of marquee matchups—Pittsburgh tangles with Columbus and Chicago squares off against St. Louis—the most entertaining game will be the bitter battle between the Anaheim Ducks and the Dallas Stars.

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Anaheim is the best offensive unit in the league, averaging an astounding 3.2 goals per game during the regular season, and the team picked up right where they left off by racking up seven goals through the first two games of the first-round series.

Led by the elite play of Ducks netminder Frederik Andersen—who has stopped 66 of 71 shots in the series—and the depth at every forward position, Anaheim has taken a 2-0 series lead as the teams head back to Dallas.

Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau told the Associated Press, via ESPN, about the elite play of team captain Ryan Getzlaf, despite taking a puck to the face:

Every once in a while, you need your best players to step it up when the rest of the guys lose their composure. Getzy, with what happened to him in the last three days, to come in and get two points and a plus-three rating, is a sure reason why he [should be] hopefully nominated for the MVP.

Now that the Stars are trailing in the series, ESPN’s stat department has a sobering fact for Dallas fans:

The Stars will not go out without a fight, though, and two losses by a combined two goals shows just how close this series matchup has been and will continue to be.

If star forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin can step up in the offensive zone, this Western Conference battle could shift dramatically in Texas.

While there is no doubt that Anaheim has the deeper roster and more talent throughout the depth chart, the Stars will be fired up playing in front of a raucous home crowd. At the very least, Dallas will break through on Monday for a victory on home ice.

Game 3 Prediction: Dallas wins 3-1

 

*All stats and information via NHL.com.

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