Stanley Cup Playoffs 2014: Bracket, Schedule and Odds for Rest of Round 2

Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 8:  Teemu Selanne #8 of the Anaheim Ducks shoots and scores a goal against Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings in Game Three of the Second Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)
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The remaining eight NHL teams are giving fans their money's worth in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

No sweeps will send a squad home early, and no favorites are enjoying an easy path to the next slate. The Chicago Blackhawks are entrenched in a tough battle with the Minnesota Wild while the Boston Bruins are getting all they can handle from the Montreal Canadiens.

The possibility of a Stanley Cup rematch is still in play, but the two premier clubs will have to grind out a best-of-seven series this week to advance.

Here's a look at the updated schedule, along with odds to win the Stanley Cup as of Saturday, May 10.

NHL Round 2 Playoffs Schedule
EAST
GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TV
1Canadiens 4, Bruins 3May 17:30 p.m.NBCSN
2Bruins 5, Canadiens 3May 312:30 p.m.NBC
3Canadiens 4, Bruins 2May 67 p.m.NBCSN
4Bruins 1, Canadiens 0 (OT)May 87:30 p.m.NBCSN
5Bruins 4, Canadiens 2May 107 p.m.NBCSN
6Bruins at CanadiensMay 127 p.m.NBCSN
7*Canadiens at BruinsMay 14TBDTBD
GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TV
1Rangers 3, Penguins 2May 27 p.m.NBCSN
2Penguins 3, Rangers 0May 47:30 p.m.NBCSN
3Penguins 2, Rangers 0May 57:30 p.m.NBCSN
4Penguins 4, Rangers 2May 77:30 p.m.NBCSN
5Rangers 5, Penguins 1May 97 p.m.NBCSN
6Penguins at RangersMay 117 p.m.NBCSN
7*Rangers at PenguinsMay 13TBDTBD
WEST
GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TV
1Blackhawks 5, Wild 2May 29:30 p.m.NBCSN
2Blackhawks 4, Wild 1May 43 p.m.NBC
3Wild 4, Blackhawks 0May 69 p.m.CNBC
4Wild 4, Blackhawks 2May 99: 45 p.m.NBCSN
5Wild at BlackhawksMay 119 p.m.CNBC
6Blackhawks at WildMay 13TBDTBD
7*Wild at BlackhawksMay 15TBDTBD
GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TV
1Kings 3, Ducks 2 (OT)May 38 p.m.NBCSN
2Kings 2, Ducks 1May 510 p.m.NBCSN
3Ducks 3, Kings 2May 810 p.m.NBCSN
4Ducks 2, Kings 0May 109:30 p.m.NBCSN
5Kings at DucksMay 1210 p.m.NBCSN
6Ducks at KingsMay 14TBDTBD
7*Kings at DucksMay 16TBDTBD
NHL.com; *=if necessary
Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds
Boston Bruins9/4
Pittsburgh Penguins3/1
Chicago Blackhawks3/1
Los Angeles Kings5/1
Montreal Candiens10/1
Anaheim Ducks12/1
Minnesota Wild35/1
New York Rangers40/1
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PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 9:  Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers passes the puck during the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Five of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 9, 2014 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pitt
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The New York Rangers dug themselves into a 3-1 series hole, but they won't go down easily.

With their season on the line on Friday night, they stomped the Pittsburgh Penguins on the road in a 5-1 victory. New York had scored a combined five goals in the series' previous four games.

During the first period, Chris Kreider capitalized on an early Pittsburgh penalty. ESPN Stats & Info notes that the goal broke an embarrassing drought that had plagued the Rangers in power plays:

The Rangers will have to maintain that newfound offensive production over the remaining two games to pull off a seven-game victory over the Penguins, who ranked fifth in the NHL by killing 85 percent of their penalties in the regular season.

Elsewhere in the Eastern Conference, Matt Fraser saved the Bruins from also experiencing a 3-1 deficit. The 23-year-old, who scored two goals during the season, notched the game-winning score in overtime to give Boston a Game 4 victory.

He described the elation of evening the series to the Associated Press (h/t SI.com):

It's something I dreamed about many times on the outdoor rinks growing up. It's every kid's dream to score in overtime. ... Words can't even describe that feeling. I just watched the replay of it and I don't even want to begin to try to explain that because it's something I wish that every kid could feel.

Boston regained its offensive rhythm on Saturday night, earning a 4-2 victory to take Game 5 at home. Montreal suffered a costly power play during the second period that netted the Bruins two decisive scores.

After taking a 2-0 lead on the Wild, the Blackhawks looked well on their way to cruising to the Western Conference Final. The defending champions, however, gave up four goals in each of the ensuing two games.

Just like that, the series is tied at 2-2 heading into Sunday.

There's never a dull moment with the Los Angeles Kings involved. The league's best defense couldn't buy a stop in the first three games of the opening round, allowing 17 goals to dig itself a cavernous 3-0 hole against the San Jose Sharks.

The Kings roared back to win the series, and they now must preserve a 2-0 lead against the Anaheim Ducks after dropping Games 3 and 4. Through the first four games, the two squads scored a combined 16 goals in a series of low-scoring affairs.

That style usually favors the Kings, who have Jonathan Quick shielding the net against the NHL's most potent offense during the season. Yet it was John Gibson who earned the shutout for the Ducks on Saturday night, recording 28 saves during a 2-0 victory.