NHL Playoff Schedule 2014: Round 2 Bracket, TV Info and Players to Watch

Nate Loop@Nate_LoopFeatured ColumnistMay 3, 2014

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Francis Bouillon jumps with defenseman P.K. Subban (76) to celebrate his goal as Boston Bruins center David Krejci, right, skates away during the third period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in Boston, Thursday, May 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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The NHL playoffs had everything a fan could ask for in Round 1: a historic comebackcourtesy of the Los Angeles Kingsplenty of overtime thrillers and a few series that had some highly memorable Game 7 action.

The updated bracket for the Stanley Cup playoffs can be found in all its glory at NHL.com.

Round 2 features a historic Southern California playoff matchup between the Kings and the Anaheim Ducks. Michael Farber drives the point home:

With the bracket in place, here is the TV lineup for the Round 2 so not a second of excellent hockey action is missed.

2014 NHL Playoffs- Second Round TV Info
WEST
GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TV
1Kings at DucksMay 38 p.m.NBCSN
2Kings at DucksMay 510 p.m.NBCSN
3Ducks at KingsMay 810 p.m.NBCSN
4Ducks at KingsMay 10TBDTBD
5*Kings at DucksMay 12TBDTBD
6*Ducks at KingsMay 14TBDTBD
7*Kings at DucksMay 16TBDTBD
GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TV
2Wild at BlackhawksMay 49:30 p.m.NBCSN
3Blackhawks at WildMay 63 p.m.NBC
4Blackhawks at WildMay 99 p.m.CNBC
5Wild at BlackhawksMay 11TBDTBD
6Blackhawks at WildMay 13TBDTBD
7Wild at BlackhawksMay 15TBDTBD
EAST
GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TV
2Rangers at PenguinsMay 47:30 p.m.NBCSN
3Penguins at RangersMay 57:30 p.m.NBCSN
4Penguins at RangersMay 77:30 p.m.NBCSN
5*Rangers at PenguinsMay 9TBDTBD
6*Penguins at RangersMay 11TBDTBD
7*Rangers at PenguinsMay 13TBDTBD
GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TV
2Canadiens at BruinsMay 312:30 p.m.NBC
3Bruins at CanadiensMay 67 p.m.NBCSN
4Bruins at CanadiensMay 87:30 p.m.NBCSN
5*Canadiens at BruinsMay 10TBDTBD
6*Bruins at CanadiensMay 12TBDTBD
7*Canadiens at BruinsMay 14TBDTBD
nhl.com, *if necessary

Now that the schedules are accounted for, let's take a look at a couple of key players who will have big impacts during their respective series in Round 2.

 

Players to Watch

Thomas Vanek, Montreal Canadiens

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Vanek has been a nightmare for the Bruins throughout his career, scoring 30 goals and putting up 62 total points in 55 career games against Boston. His production on the left wing is going to be key to the Canadiens unlocking the Bruins blue-line guys.

However, Vanek had little impact in Game 1 of the series, although the Habs still beat the Bruins 4-3 in double overtime, thanks to a goal by P.K. Subban.

Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports noted Vanek's diminished ice time in Game 1 of the series.

Brian Wilde of CTV News in Montreal believes Vanek, among others, is key to the Canadiens' chances against the Bruins.

Boston has a strong defense, as it gave up just 2.08 goals per game during the regular season. The prior production of Vanek bodes well for the Canadiens, but he will have to get himself more shots on the net than he did against the Tampa Bay Lightning in order to fulfill his expectations as a Bruin beater.

 

Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

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Whichever version of Quick shows up each night to mind the net might determine the freeway series in Southern California between the Kings and the Ducks.

Quick was a leaky sieve in the first three games of the opening series against the San Jose Sharks. He gave up a total of 16 goals with a lowly .851 save percentage. But the former Conn Smythe Trophy winner turned things around and became nearly impenetrable as the series wore on, and his teammates came roaring back to complete their historic comeback.

In the Kings' four consecutive wins, he gave up just five goals, including a stunning Game 5 shutout, complete with 30 saves.

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty acknowledged his teammates could take some of the blame for Quick's performance but had high praise for him after Game 5. Via Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News: 

"We counted on him, and he made big saves," Doughty said. "But at the same time, the team's playing better in front of him. I thought it was probably our best defensive game so far this series, and we don't want Quickie to have to stand on his head every night."

His beauty of a save against Patrick Marleau in Game 7 cemented his return to imperious form.

Expect Quick to have a big, gloved hand in the outcome of the highly anticipated freeway series.