NHL Playoff Schedule 2014: Complete TV Info for Rest of Conference Finals

Tim KeeneyContributor IMay 26, 2014

New York Rangers' Martin St. Louis celebrates his game-winning goal during overtime in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Montreal Canadiens, Sunday, May 25, 2014, in New York. The Rangers defeated the Canadiens in overtime 3-2. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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With each New York Rangers penalty kill, and with each shift from the Los Angeles Kings' second line, we get one step closer to the Stanley Cup finals. 

The Rangers and Kings seem to be a crash course for each other, but as we've been reminded all playoffs long, it's far too early to write off the Montreal Canadiens or Chicago Blackhawks. 

Playoff hockey is a different beast, and when teams have their backs pushed up against the wall, the intensity only increases.

That's sure to happen in the upcoming games, so let's take a look at where you can catch all the action.  


Eastern Conference Final

Eastern Conference Final Schedule and Viewing Info
GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TV
1Rangers beat Canadiens, 7-2May 178 p.m.NBCSN
2Rangers beat Canadiens, 3-1May 198 p.m.NBCSN
3Canadiens beat Rangers, 3-2May 228 p.m.NBCSN
4Rangers beat Canadiens, 3-2May 258 p.m.NBCSN
5New York Rangers at Montreal CanadiensMay 278 p.m.NBCSN
6*Montreal Canadiens at New York RangersMay 298 p.m.NBCSN
7*New York Rangers at Montreal CanadiensMay 318 p.m.NBCSN

P.K. Subban's game-tying goal late in the third period of Game 4 Sunday threatened to take the air out of the surging New York Rangers, but then Martin St. Louis went and did this in overtime:

The Rangers now hold a commanding 3-1 series lead, one game away from the Stanley Cup finals. A big reason for the recent success has been the play of the penalty kill unit.

After falling behind 3-1 to the Penguins in the second round, Alain Vigneault's team has now reeled off six wins in its last seven. Subban's goal on Sunday night came via power play, but the Rangers are still an impressive 25-of-26 in penalty kill opportunities over that stretch of games. Although the streak is now over, John Buccigross noted just how good the team had been: 

Henrik Lundqvist has been a big part of that, saving 211 of the 222 shots (.950 save percentage) that have come his way. And as he told reporters, via The Globe and Mail's James Mirtle, he isn't letting up anytime soon: 

The Rangers' own power play hasn't been very effective since Game 1, but thanks to stifling defense paired with the outstanding play of St. Louis and Ryan McDonagh, it doesn't look like it will matter. 

It's not over, but Montreal needs something special to turn around this series. 


Western Conference Final

Western Conference Final Schedule and Viewing Info
GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TV
1Blackhawks beat Kings, 3-1May 183 p.m.NBC
2Kings beat Blackhawks, 6-2May 218 p.m.NBCSN
3Kings beat Blackhawks, 4-3May 248 p.m.NBC
4Chicago Blackhawks at Los Angeles KingsMay 269 p.m.NBCSN
5Los Angeles Kings at Chicago BlackhawksMay 288 p.m.NBCSN
6*Chicago Blackhawks at Los Angeles KingsMay 309 p.m.NBCSN
7*Los Angeles Kings at Chicago BlackhawksJune 18 p.m.NBCSN

During the Los Angeles Kings' Stanley Cup run two seasons ago, it was Jonathan Quick who put the team on his back. As the 28-year-old netminder has struggled (at least by his high standards) this time around, though, his teammates have been there to return the favor. 

Quick has especially been unlike himself during the Western Conference Final. In three games so far, he has allowed eight goals on 72 shot attempts, giving him a save percentage of just .889 compared to a .915 mark during the regular season. 

When your offense scores 10 goals in two games, though, it tends to take a little bit of the pressure off. 

The Kings' second line of Jeff Carter, Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli has been responsible for much of that. 

In the first three games of the series, that trio has already tallied 15 points to go with a combined plus/minus of plus-12. Carter has been notably transcendent, scoring a hat trick in Game 2 and three more points (one goal, two assists) in Game 3. 

The Canadian Game on Twitter summed up the 29-year-old center's immense impact: 

After the Game 3 win, Carter talked to reporters about his unit's series-changing play, via Sports Illustrated's Allan Muir:

We’ve been doing the things that we need to. Using our speed, getting our pucks behind their D. When we’re physical on their D, we create turnovers. We’ve been bearing down on our chances. That’s what we need to do.

Conversely, Chicago's counter of Michal Handzus, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp has been awful, tallying a whopping one point for a combined plus/minus of minus-seven. 

Jonathan Toews has three goals, and Marian Hossa has added three helpers for Chicago, but the play of the second lines has defined this series. If it doesn't change soon, Los Angeles is going back to the finals.