Stanley Cup Playoffs 2014: Updated Bracket, Schedule and Odds for Second Round

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2014

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11:  Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins defends against Brian Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers in the third period during Game Six of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 11, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Elsa/Getty Images

The 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs have been full of entertaining action, but the second-round battles have hockey fans across the world on the edge of their seats in anticipation of the final outcome in each series.

With dream matchups in both the Eastern and Western Conferences—each series has featured both teams winning games and looking dominant at times—hockey fans have been treated to one of the best playoffs in a long time.

Here is the updated bracket, second-round schedule and the championship odds for the remaining teams in the postseason.


The Bracket

Bracket via Maple Ridge Chrysler. Updated bracket via


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 Canadiens beat Bruins, 4-2May 6 7 p.m. NBCSN
4 Bruins beat Canadiens, 1-0May 8 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
5 Bruins beat Canadiens, 4-2May 10 7 p.m. NBCSN
6Bruins at Canadiens May 12 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
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 Penguins beat Rangers, 3-0 May 4 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
3 Penguins beat Rangers, 2-0May 5 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
4 Penguins beat Rangers, 4-2May 7 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
5 Rangers beat Penguins, 5-1May 9 7 p.m. NBCSN
6Rangers beat Penguins, 3-1May 11 7 p.m. NBCSN
7Rangers at Penguins May 13 7 p.m. NBCSN
Western Conference
Game Matchup Date Time (ET) TV
1 Blackhawks beat Wild, 5-2 May 2 9:30 p.m. NBCSN
2 Blackhawks beat Wild, 4-1 May 4 3 p.m. NBC
3 Wild beat Blackhawks, 4-0May 6 9 p.m. CNBC
4 Wild beat Blackhawks, 4-2May 9 9 p.m. CNBC
5Blackhawks beat Wild, 2-1May 11 9 p.m. CNBC
6Blackhawks at Wild May 13 9 p.m. CNBC
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 beat Ducks, 3-1May 5 10 p.m. NBCSN
3 Ducks beat Kings, 3-2May 8 10 p.m. NBCSN
4 Ducks beat Kings, 2-0May 10 10 p.m. NBCSN
5Kings at Ducks May 12 10 p.m. NBCSN
6Ducks at Kings May 14 TBD TBD
7* Kings at Ducks May 16 TBD TBD
Source: *Denotes if necessary


Now that you've seen the schedule, here are the latest Stanley Cup odds.

2014 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds, Moneyline
Boston9-4, +225
Chicago11-4, +275
Pittsburgh4-1, +400
Anaheim13-2, +650
Los Angeles13-2, +650
Minnesota20-1, +2000
New York20-1, +2000
Montreal22-1, +2200


Series to Watch: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers

The best series of the second round thus far has been the Eastern Conference battle between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers. Six games weren’t enough to settle this matchup, and these teams will play Game 7 on Tuesday.

With both teams playing well at points throughout this series, there is no doubt that it will get extremely chippy on Tuesday as both organizations fight with everything they have to advance to the conference championship.

According to Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, this series is make or break for the Penguins and their coaching staff:

Rangers defender Brian Boyle told Stephen Lorenzo of the New York Daily News about captain Sidney Crosby’s actions and his team’s focus on Game 7:

He's playing hard. He's got emotion. I'm sure we probably got away with a few things. It's a series. Game 6 is over, but it doesn't mean the series is over, obviously. It's a series and that's the way it goes sometimes.

There is no doubt that Pittsburgh has more offensive depth and talent, but players like Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz are not living up to expectations. With New York netminder Henrik Lundqvist playing at his best right now, Game 7 will be the biggest test of the season for the Penguins.

For the Rangers, forwards Martin St. Louis, Rick Nash and Brad Richards have started to play better in the offensive zone. Each has stepped up their defensive game while struggling to put the puck in the net, but now the scoring touch is starting to return.

Even if you don’t like either of these teams, the fact that they will be going to battle in a Game 7 should have all hockey fans excited. When the first six games aren’t enough to decide the better team, a winner-takes-all final battle is exactly what the sport wants.

Tuesday’s game is must-watch television.


*Stats via