NHL Playoff Schedule 2014: Latest 2nd-Round Bracket Predictions and TV Info

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IMay 14, 2014

Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll, left, and Anaheim Ducks center Andrew Cogliano battle for the puck during the third period in Game 4 of an NHL hockey second-round Stanley Cup playoff series, Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Duck won 2-0. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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In yet another thrilling addition of the NHL playoffs, the second round has already produced two Game 7s, and we have a third series that may go the distance with the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings playing a Game 6 on Wednesday. 

The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 to advance to the Western Conference Final. On the other side of the bracket, the New York Rangers won their series with the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3. 

Both teams are waiting to see who their opponent will be. You can view a full bracket for the postseason on NHL.com.

Have a look at the remaining schedule and TV information, and then I'll offer up my predictions for the two remaining series. 

Round 2 Schedule
DateTime (ET)MatchupTV
Wednesday, May 147 p.m.Montreal at BostonCBC, RDS
Wednesday, May 149:30 p.m.Anaheim at Los AngelesTSN
Thursday, May 15TBDMinnesota at ChicagoTSN
*Friday, May 16TBDLos Angeles at AnaheimTSN
NHL.com (*if necessary)

 

Ducks vs. Kings

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 12:  (L-R) Marian Gaborik #12 of the Los Angeles Kings and Ben Lovejoy #6 of the Anaheim Ducks battle in front of the net, as goaltender John Gibson #36 of the Ducks watches the puck in the third period of Game Five of the Second Round o
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The Kings are on the brink of elimination after their comeback in Game 6 came up short. The Kings lost the game 4-3 and now trail in the series 3-2.

This isn't going to scare the Kings. Game 6 will be their fifth elimination game already this postseason. The Kings own home-ice advantage for Wednesday's contest, but playing at Staples Center hasn't been much of an advantage for L.A.; the Kings are 0-2 at home in this series.

Rookie goalie John Gibson has been key for the Ducks. He got a shutout in his playoff debut in Game 4 and he made 39 saves last game. In all, he's stopped 67 of 70 shots in his two games. 

Of course, this points toward the Ducks taking Game 6, but I'm not betting against the resilient Kings. Los Angeles has struggled against Gibson, but it gained some confidence after netting a goal in each period of Game 6.

Although all the hype on goalies surrounds Gibson, the Kings still have Jonathan Quick in goal. As the quote from Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau in the tweet from TSN's Mark Masters reminds us, Quick isn't too shabby himself:  

The battle-tested Quick will come up with a huge game, and the Kings will once again avoid elimination. 

Prediction: Kings 3, Ducks 0 

 

Bruins vs. Canadiens 

MONTREAL, QC - MAY 12:  Milan Lucic #17 and Jarome Iginla #12 of the Boston Bruins battle for a loose puck against goalie Carey Price #31, Josh Gorges #26 and David Desharnais #51 of the Montreal Canadiens in Game Six of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL S
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This has been an intense series, and it's only fitting that it would go to Game 7. The Bruins had a chance to end the series in Montreal in Game 6, but the Canadiens weren't having it. Montreal skated to an easy 4-0 win. 

Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, who has been booed viciously by the Boston crowd, does a great job of setting the atmosphere for Game 7 with this quote from an Associated Press article on ESPN: "I hope their crowd is louder. ... I hope it gets nasty, I hope it gets dirty."

This will be the eighth time these two have met in a Game 7. Montreal has won five of those meetings. Not that that stat will have any bearing on this contest, but I expect the Canadiens to improve their mark.

This figures to be a tight contest. In the end, Montreal's momentum will outweigh the Bruins' home-ice advantage. 

Loui Eriksson and Brad Marchand have been scuffling in a slumping Bruins offense, and Canadiens goalie Carey Price is carrying a hot hand.

This will be enough to carry Montreal to victory.

Prediction: Montreal 2, Boston 1