NHL Playoff Schedule 2014: Updated Bracket and TV Info for Round 2

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NHL Playoff Schedule 2014: Updated Bracket and TV Info for Round 2
Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

The opening salvo of the chase for the Stanley Cup this year was one that quickly reminded the globe why the NHL playoffs are the best the sporting world has to offer.

Numerous overtime affairs, star showcases and more were the story seemingly every night during Round 1.

Believe it or not, Round 2 promises to be just as good.

An old rivalry is rekindled and some of the best matchups fans could ask for are set to commence. Here's a look at the full slate.

 

2014 NHL Playoffs - Second Round
EAST
Game Matchup Date Time (ET) TV
1 Canadiens at Bruins May 1 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
2 Canadiens at Bruins May 3 12:30 p.m. NBC
3 Bruins at Canadiens May 6 7 p.m. NBCSN
4 Bruins at Canadiens May 8 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
5* Canadiens at Bruins May 10 TBD TBD
6* Bruins at Canadiens May 12 TBD TBD
7* Canadiens at Bruins May 14 TBD TBD
Game Matchup Date Time (ET) TV
1 Rangers at Penguins May 2 7 p.m. NBCSN
2 Rangers at Penguins May 4 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
3 Penguins at Rangers May 5 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
4 Penguins at Rangers May 7 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
5* Rangers at Penguins May 9 TBD TBD
6* Penguins at Rangers May 11 TBD TBD
7* Rangers at Penguins May 13 TBD TBD
WEST
Game Matchup Date Time (ET) TV
1 Wild at Blackhawks May 2 9:30 p.m. NBCSN
2 Wild at Blackhawks May 4 3 p.m. NBC
3 Blackhawks at Wild May 6 9 p.m. CNBC
4 Blackhawks at Wild May 9 TBD TBD
5* Wild at Blackhawks May 11 TBD TBD
6* Blackhawks at Wild May 13 TBD TBD
7* Wild at Blackhawks May 15 TBD TBD
Game Matchup Date Time (ET) TV
1 Kings at Ducks May 3 8 p.m. NBCSN
2 Kings at Ducks May 5 10 p.m. NBCSN
3 Ducks at Kings May 8 10 p.m. NBCSN
4 Ducks at Kings May 10 TBD TBD
5* Kings at Ducks May 12 TBD TBD
6* Ducks at Kings May 14 TBD TBD
7* Kings at Ducks May 16 TBD TBD

NHL.com; *Denotes if necessary

 

Must-See Series

Penguins vs. Rangers

Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

Some series are simply more important than others when it comes to a postseason where there is so much great action and a limited amount of time fans can commit to watching.

When the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers step on the ice, it's one fans need to catch. Star power in the form of Sidney Crosby, Rick Nash and Henrik Lundqvist will reel in the casual viewers, but hardcore fans understand how evenly matched both sides are.

The Penguins and Rangers split the season series 2-2 and each won once in regulation at home and once via a shootout on the road.

Still, one would think history will have a say in the proceedings this postseason, as Steve Mears of NHL Network illustrates:

Depth was a major key for the Rangers in the regular season against the Penguins, and that will have to be the case once more as the series kicks off in Pittsburgh.

That may be an issue for New York coming off a seven-game series against Philadelphia, but Pittsburgh was known for shooting itself one too many times in the foot during the regular season.

Given the history between the two and recent matchups, it's easy to see this one going to seven games. Don't miss out.

 

Ducks vs. Kings

Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

Few things are better than an in-state rivalry.

Sprinkle in a little postseason and things get even better—especially considering the two sides have never met with so much at stake. Believe it or not, the implications run even deeper than that, as Michael Farber details:

Kings President of Business Operations Luc Robitaille told Brian Compton of NHL.com he believes the series will help to further the league as a whole:

This highly anticipated Kings-Ducks playoff series will capture the excitement and the imagination of the most casual hockey and sports fan in Southern California in addition to our loyal, die-hard Kings fans. We believe this series can help continue to spur even more interest in our great sport in our great city.

As John Buccigross of ESPN points out, this was an ugly series for one side in the regular season:

Still, both sides have looked a bit strange so far. The Anaheim Kings struggled with the Dallas Stars to start their postseason, and the Los Angeles Kings had to come back from a 3-0 deficit and an offensive onslaught from the San Jose Sharks.

This one screams that fans should side with the Ducks based on the regular season, but that same suffocating defense that shut down the Sharksled by elite goalie Jonathan Quickis something to admire.

In the opposite net is goalie Frederik Andersen, who has been mediocre at best. If no goalies step up for the Ducks, it may be a short series. Either way, gritty, defensive hockey isn't a bad thing.

 

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