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

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NHL Playoffs 2014: Updated Schedule and Stanley Cup Odds for Remaining Teams
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
EAST
Game Matchup Date Time (ET) TV
1 Canadiens at Bruins May 1 Canadiens 4 Bruins 3 Canadiens 1-0
2 Canadiens at Bruins May 3 Bruins 5 Canadiens 3 Series tied 1-1
3 Bruins at Canadiens May 6 Canadiens 4 Bruins 2 Canadiens 2-1
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 Rangers 3 Penguins 2 Rangers 1-0
2 Rangers at Penguins May 4 Penguins 3 Rangers 0 Series tied 1-1
3 Penguins at Rangers May 5 Penguins 2 Rangers 0 Penguins 2-1
4 Penguins at Rangers May 7 Penguins 4 Rangers 2 Penguins 3-1
5* Rangers at Penguins May 9 7 p.m. NBCSN
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 Blackhawks 5 Wild 2 Blackhawks 1-0
2 Wild at Blackhawks May 4 Blackhawks 4 Wild 1 Blackhawks 2-0
3 Blackhawks at Wild May 6 Wild 4 Blackhawks 0 Blackhawks 2-1
4 Blackhawks at Wild May 9 9:30 p.m. NBCSN
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 Kings 3 Ducks 2 Kings 1-0
2 Kings at Ducks May 5 Kings 3 Ducks 1 Kings 2-0
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

2014 Stanley Cup Odds
Team 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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