NHL Playoffs 2014: Updated Schedule and Stanley Cup Odds for Remaining Teams

Kenny DeJohn@@kennydejohnAnalyst IIIMay 8, 2014

Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban skates prior to facing the Boston Bruins in Game 2 in the second-round of the Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Charles Krupa/Associated Press

The second round of the 2014 NHL playoffs is in full swing, and teams' Stanley Cup aspirations are either growing or shrinking by the period.

For the most part, the four series in Round 2 have been pretty competitive. Only the Los Angeles Kings have yet to drop a game, though the Anaheim Ducks will be looking for redemption in Game 3.

The Montreal Canadiens have been the surprise of the playoffs thus far. They currently hold a 2-1 series lead over the Boston Bruins, the No. 1 seed in the East.

There's still plenty of hockey to play, however.

Here's an updated playoff schedule along with updated Stanley Cup odds, via Odds Shark, to ensure that you aren't behind on any of the latest NHL action.

2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Schedule
GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TV
1Canadiens at BruinsMay 1Canadiens 4 Bruins 3Canadiens 1-0
2Canadiens at BruinsMay 3Bruins 5 Canadiens 3Series tied 1-1
3Bruins at CanadiensMay 6Canadiens 4 Bruins 2Canadiens 2-1
4Bruins at CanadiensMay 87:30 p.m.NBCSN
5*Canadiens at BruinsMay 10TBDTBD
6*Bruins at CanadiensMay 12TBDTBD
7*Canadiens at BruinsMay 14TBDTBD
GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TV
1Rangers at PenguinsMay 2Rangers 3 Penguins 2Rangers 1-0
2Rangers at PenguinsMay 4Penguins 3 Rangers 0Series tied 1-1
3Penguins at RangersMay 5Penguins 2 Rangers 0Penguins 2-1
4Penguins at RangersMay 7Penguins 4 Rangers 2Penguins 3-1
5*Rangers at PenguinsMay 97 p.m.NBCSN
6*Penguins at RangersMay 11TBDTBD
7*Rangers at PenguinsMay 13TBDTBD
GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TV
1Wild at BlackhawksMay 2Blackhawks 5 Wild 2Blackhawks 1-0
2Wild at BlackhawksMay 4Blackhawks 4 Wild 1Blackhawks 2-0
3Blackhawks at WildMay 6Wild 4 Blackhawks 0Blackhawks 2-1
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 at DucksMay 3Kings 3 Ducks 2Kings 1-0
2Kings at DucksMay 5Kings 3 Ducks 1Kings 2-0
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
NHL.com, *Denotes if necessary
2014 Stanley Cup Odds
Chicago Blackhawks+257
Boston Bruins+338
Los Angeles Kings+405
Pittsburgh Penguins+405
Montreal Canadiens+580
New York Rangers+1620
Anaheim Ducks+2550
Minnesota Wild+3550
OddsShark.com as of May 7


Chicago Blackhawks

Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press

The Chicago Blackhawks had a commanding 2-0 lead in the series before a four-goal outburst from the Minnesota Wild in the third period of Game 3 saw them lose their first game. Suddenly, the Blackhawks appear vulnerable.

Brian Hamilton of SI.com says the push from the Wild was as predicted:

Some sort of push-back against Chicago was expected, and this was at least the effort that Minnesota needed. the Wild got reliable goaltending from Ilya Bryzgalov and the players who were expected to produce actually produced. That was more than enough.  Now Chicago will test how long Minnesota can keep it going.

Ilya Bryzgalov was brilliant in the shutout, but will he be able to keep it up against the potent offense of the Blackhawks? That's really the biggest thing to pay attention to moving forward. Given all their firepower, Chicago should be able to cruise through the rest of the series. That said, Bryzgalov's performance in Game 3 showed that there is still hope for Minnesota.

According to Hamilton, the Blackhawks have lost the first road game of nine straight playoff series, so maybe the loss was even more predictable than we were anticipating. Regardless, they'll need to bounce back in Game 4 in order to maintain control of the series.


Los Angeles Kings

Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

Stop me if you've heard this before—Jonathan Quick was stifling in net in the Kings' most recent win. The Ducks had no answer for Quick and the Kings defense, netting just one goal and dropping Game 2 of the series.

The road to the Kings' 2-0 series lead has been remarkable, as CBS Sports points out:

Dwight King added an empty-net goal for Los Angeles, which has won six straight postseason games and is halfway to its third straight trip to the Western Conference finals. Less than two weeks ago, the Kings were down 0-3 in their first-round series against San Jose.

Despite the slow start to the postseason, the Kings are still in great position to represent the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup Final. They'll be a formidable opponent for whichever team represents the East, as their blend of strong skaters and dominant defenders can overwhelm anyone.


Montreal Canadiens

Charles Krupa/Associated Press

P.K. Subban has been unbelievable in the 2014 playoffs.

He has notched two points in each of the three games of the series against the Bruins while boasting a total of 11 points in seven playoff games so far. Expect that points total to keep rising, as he is playing at an entirely other level right now.

Subban doesn't want all the credit for himself, however, as he told Bill Beacon of The Canadian Press (via the National Post) that it has been a team effort: 

We’re playing well as a team. I’m just the beneficiary of the guys playing well around me, supporting me.

It starts in goal. Well, it actually starts with our coaching staff and making sure everybody is feeling confident. We’re doing it together. It starts with Pricey [Carey Price]. From our defence to our forwards. We’re sticking together. When we had adversity, we’re sticking together doing the right things.

It appears as if the Canadiens will continue to go as Subban goes. They currently have a 2-1 series lead over the Bruins, and taking Game 4 would really put Boston in a hole that would be difficult to get out of.


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