NHL Playoffs 2014: Updated Bracket, TV Info and More for Second-Round Action

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 6, 2014

Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) , right, smiles as he talks with Marian Hossa (81) after scoring hi goal during the first period  in Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild in Chicago, Sunday, May 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press

We could be well on our way to a rematch of last year’s Stanley Cup finals if the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins continue to rack up impressive performances, but there is plenty of second-round action to worry about before then. 

In fact, given the multiple Game 7s and overtime thrillers we saw in Round 1, it’s worth just sitting back and enjoying the developments. With that in mind, here is a look at all of the pertinent broadcast and schedule information for the second round:

2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Second-Round Schedule
EAST
GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TV
1Canadiens 4, Bruins 3May 17:30 p.m.NBCSN
2Canadiens 3, Bruins 5May 312:30 p.m.NBC
3Bruins at CanadiensMay 67 p.m.NBCSN
4Bruins at CanadiensMay 87:30 p.m.NBCSN
5Canadiens at BruinsMay 107 p.m.NBCSN
6*Bruins at CanadiensMay 12TBDTBD
7*Canadiens at BruinsMay 14TBDTBD
GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TV
1Rangers 3, Penguins 2May 27 p.m.NBCSN
2Rangers 0, Penguins 3May 47:30 p.m.NBCSN
3Penguins 2, Rangers 0May 57:30 p.m.NBCSN
4Penguins at RangersMay 77:30 p.m.NBCSN
5Rangers at PenguinsMay 97 p.m.NBCSN
6*Penguins at RangersMay 11TBDTBD
7*Rangers at PenguinsMay 13TBDTBD
WEST
GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TV
1Wild 2, Blackhawks 5May 29:30 p.m.NBCSN
2Wild 1, Blackhawks 4May 43 p.m.NBC
3Blackhawks at WildMay 69 p.m.CNBC
4Blackhawks at WildMay 99:30 p.m.NBCSN
5*Wild at BlackhawksMay 11TBDTBD
6*Blackhawks at WildMay 13TBDTBD
7*Wild at BlackhawksMay 15TBDTBD
GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TV
1Kings 3, Ducks 2May 38 p.m.NBCSN
2Kings 3, Ducks 1May 510 p.m.NBCSN
3Ducks at KingsMay 810 p.m.NBCSN
4Ducks at KingsMay 109:30 p.m.NBCSN
5*Kings at DucksMay 12TBDTBD
6*Ducks at KingsMay 14TBDTBD
7*Kings at DucksMay 16TBDTBD
NHL.com

An updated bracket for both conferences can be found here.

 

Tuesday’s Game of the Day: Chicago Blackhawks at Minnesota Wild, Game 3

Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press

Tuesday’s clash between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild will go a long way toward determining whether fans are going to be treated to a competitive series or not.

The Blackhawks have a 2-0 lead, but the Wild found themselves staring at the same hole in the first round against the Colorado Avalanche. All Minnesota did was come back home for the third and fourth games, win two in a row and eventually win the series in a thrilling seventh game. So don’t write Minnesota off just yet.

Ironically enough, Chicago was down 2-0 in the first round as well, to the St. Louis Blues. Much like the Wild, it seized momentum and launched a comeback by winning the third game at home.

Minnesota right winger Charlie Coyle talked about what his team has to do heading into Tuesday’s clash, according to the Associated Press, via ESPN.com: "We definitely haven't shown what we're capable of. We haven't been on our game. We haven't had that grittiness that we brought last series. I think being at home right now is good for us and usually brings out the best in us, being here and playing here."

Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press

Although it will surely help the Wild being at home, the Blackhawks, who have won six in a row, simply have their postseason number right now. Chicago eliminated Minnesota in five games last season and is yet to give up a power-play goal to the Wild in the past two playoff series. 

One area of concern for Chicago is the health of Andrew Shaw, as the team’s official Twitter page pointed out:

Even with Shaw out, the Blackhawks have received excellent play and multiple goals apiece from the likes of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Bryan Bickell, Marian Hossa and Brandon Saad throughout the postseason. Throw in the fact that Matt Moulson and Jason Pominville have struggled to find the back of the net for Minnesota, and the outlook doesn’t look great for the Wild.

Look for the Blackhawks to pick up right where they left off in Game 2 and jump out to an early lead Tuesday.

Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press

In fact, Chicago has scored the first goal in all six of their consecutive wins, and will do so again against the Wild. The Blackhawks defense has been particularly strong in front of goalie Corey Crawford, so scoring the first goal sets them up in an ideal position. 

Chicago will suffocate the energy from the building with its stifling defense, and it will continue to turn away the Minnesota power-play efforts. It will be yet another step toward defending the Stanley Cup for the league’s hottest team.

 

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