PITTSBURGH — With the NHL regular season ending on a Saturday for the first time since 1928, the league had plenty of time to put together a schedule for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The schedule, as follows, was released live on NHL Network:
Game 1: Wed. April 11 - Philadelphia at Pittsburgh - 7:30 pm, NBC Sports Network nat'l, CSN local
Game 2: Fri. April 13 - Philadelphia at Pittsburgh - 7:30 pm, NBC Sports Network nat'l, CSN local
Game 3: Sun. April 15 - Pittsburgh at Philadelphia - 3:00 pm, NBC national exclusive
Game 4: Wed. April 18 - Pittsburgh at Philadelphia - 7:30 pm, NBC Sports Network nat'l, CSN local
Game 5*: Fri. April 20 - Philadelphia at Pittsburgh - 7:30 pm, NBC Sports Network nat'l, CSN local
Game 6*: Sun. April 22 - Pittsburgh at Philadelphia - TBA
Game 7*: Tues. April 24 - Philadelphia at Pittsburgh - TBA
* if necessary.
The extra day off in the middle of the series was a necessity because the Sixers host Indiana on Tues. April 17 at Wells Fargo Center.
Here are the other matchups:
1. New York Rangers vs. 8. Ottawa Senators
2. Boston Bruins vs. 7. Washington Capitals
3. Florida Panthers vs. 6. New Jersey Devils
4. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers
1. Vancouver Canucks vs. 8. Los Angeles Kings
2. St. Louis Blues vs. 7. San Jose Sharks
3. Phoenix Coyotes vs. 6. Chicago Blackhawks
4. Nashville Predators vs. 5. Detroit Red Wings
Go to NHL.com for the complete series schedules.
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