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

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NHL Playoff Schedule 2014: Updated Bracket and TV Info for Second Round
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The 2014 NHL playoffs have been full of exciting matchups and incredible upsets in both the Eastern and Western Conferences, and the drama is only heating up, as the second round has already shifted into high gear.

With eight of the best teams in the league still fighting for a chance to hoist the Stanley Cup, hockey fans from across the world will be treated to the best competition imaginable for the remainder of the playoffs.

Here is the updated bracket, full second-round schedule and television info every hockey fan needs to enjoy the remainder of the postseason.

 

The Bracket

*Bracket via Maple Ridge Chrysler. Updated bracket via NHLPlayoffsBracket.com.

 

2014 NHL Playoffs Second Round Schedule
Eastern Conference
Game Matchup Date Time (ET) TV
1 Canadiens beat Bruins, 4-3 May 1 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
2 Bruins beat Canadiens, 5-3 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 beat Penguins, 3-2 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
Western Conference
Game Matchup Date Time (ET) TV
1 Blackhawks beat Wild, 5-2 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 beat Ducks, 3-2 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

Source: NHL.com. *Denotes if necessary

 

Series Fans Can’t Miss: Los Angeles Kings vs. Anaheim Ducks

The best series of the entire second round is the battle of California between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks.

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While these two franchises have grown accustomed to each other during the regular season, this is the first postseason series between the two organizations. But that doesn’t means there is no animosity between the two cities.

Using elite physical play and defensive pressure, both Los Angeles and Anaheim will be doing their best to get under the skin of their opponent. After racking up an incredible 71 combined shots and 95 hits in Game 1, this series will be everything hockey fans could ask for.

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty told the Associated Press, via USA Today, about the familiarity between the teams and his approach to shutting the Ducks down:

I've played Getzlaf and (Corey) Perry so many times, and I've played with them. I know exactly how they play. They're two of the hardest players to play in the league. It doesn't matter who's the third guy on that line. I've studied how they play so many times. It just comes down to out-competing them and being a better player in every situation. It's going to be tough for me to do, but I've got to do it.

The Kings were able to steal the show in the first game of the series with the help of forward Marian Gaborik, who scored a goal in the waning seconds of regulation to force overtime and then scored the game-winning tally in extra time. Gaborik was acquired before the trade deadline and has paid major dividends thus far.

Gaborik’s overtime goal caused quite a stir, with Mike Kelly of NHL Network and SportsCenter’s official Twitter account commenting on the situation:

Despite the success Los Angeles found in Game 1 and throughout the season, Anaheim was the No. 1 seed coming into the postseason for a reason. With incredible offensive depth, a solid defensive game plan and a star like Jonas Hiller between the pipes, the Ducks aren’t going out without a fight.

The hope is that the rest of this second-round series is as exciting as the first chapter of the battle and that both the Kings and the Ducks continue playing with the same intensity each team showcased Saturday night.

After stealing Game 1, Los Angeles is the series favorite.

Series Prediction: Los Angeles wins 4-3

 

*Stats via NHL.com.

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