NHL Playoff Schedule 2014: First-Round TV Info in Race for Stanley Cup

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2014

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby plays against the Columbus Blue Jackets during a first-round NHL playoff hockey game Monday, April 21, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Jay LaPrete

The 2014 NHL playoffs are underway, and the early returns are exactly what fans would expect from such a thrilling event. There have been multiple overtime games, gut-wrenching one-goal victories and even a triple-overtime nail-biter that featured the defending Stanley Cup champions. 

Here is a look at the entire first-round schedule with television information included:

Complete First-Round NHL Playoffs Schedule
Eastern Conference
DateTime (ET)MatchupWatch
Friday, April 187:30 p.m.Detroit 1, Boston 0NBCSN
Sunday, April 203 p.m.Boston 4, Detroit 1NBC
Tuesday, April 227:30 p.m.Boston 3, Detroit 0NBCSN
Thursday, April 248 p.m.Boston at DetroitNBCSN
Saturday, April 263 p.m.Detroit at BostonNBC
*Monday, April 28TBDBoston at DetroitTSN
*Wednesday, April 30TBDDetroit at BostonTSN
DateTime (ET)MatchupWatch
Wednesday, April 167 p.m.Montreal 5, Tampa Bay 4CNBC
Friday, April 187 p.m.Montreal 4, Tampa Bay 1CNBC
Sunday, April 207 p.m.Montreal 3, Tampa Bay 2NBCSN
Tuesday, April 227 p.m.Montreal 4, Tampa Bay 3NHL Network
Thursday, April 247 p.m.Series OverN/A
Sunday, April 27TBDSeries OverNBCSN
Tuesday, April 29TBDSeries OverN/A
DateTime (ET)MatchupWatch
Wednesday, April 167:30 p.m.Pittsburgh 4, Columbus 3NBCSN
Saturday, April 197 p.m.Columbus 4, Pittsburgh 3NBCSN
Monday, April 217 p.m.Pittsburgh 4, Columbus 3NBCSN
Wednesday, April 237 p.m.Pittsburgh at ColumbusNBCSN
Saturday, April 26TBDColumbus at PittsburghCBC
*Monday, April 28TBDPittsburgh at ColumbusCBC
*Wednesday, April 30TBDColumbus at PittsburghCBC
DateTime (ET)MatchupWatch
Thursday, April 177 p.m.NY Rangers 4, Philadelphia 1CNBC
Sunday, April 20NoonPhiladelphia 4, NY Rangers 2NBC
Tuesday, April 228 p.m.NY Rangers 4, Philadelphia 1CNBC
Friday, April 257 p.m.NY Rangers at PhiladelphiaCNBC
Sunday, April 27NoonPhiladelphia at NY RangersNBC
*Tuesday, April 29TBDNY Rangers at PhiladelphiaTSN
*Wednesday, April 30TBDPhiladelphia at NY RangersTSN
Western Conference
DateTime (ET)MatchupWatch
Thursday, April 179:30 p.m.Colorado 5, Minnesota 4CNBC
Saturday, April 199:30 p.m.Colorado 4, Minnesota 2NBCSN
Monday, April 217 p.m.Minnesota 1, Colorado 0NHL Network
Thursday, April 249:30 p.m.Colorado at MinnesotaCNBC
Saturday, April 26TBDMinnesota at ColoradoTSN
*Monday, April 28TBDColorado at MinnesotaTSN
*Wednesday, April 30TBDMinnesota at ColoradoTSN
DateTime (ET)MatchupWatch
Thursday, April 178 p.m.St. Louis 4, Chicago 3NBCSN
Saturday, April 193 p.m.St. Louis 4, Chicago 3NBC
Monday, April 218:30 p.m.Chicago 2, St. Louis 0CNBC
Wednesday, April 239:30 p.m.St. Louis at ChicagoNBCSN
Friday, April 258 p.m.Chicago at St. LouisNBCSN
*Sunday, April 273 p.m.St. Louis at ChicagoNBC
*Tuesday, April 29TBDChicago at St. LouisCBC
DateTime (ET)MatchupWatch
Wednesday, April 1610 p.m.Anaheim 4, Dallas 3NBCSN
Friday, April 1810 p.m.Anaheim 3, Dallas 2NBCSN
Monday, April 219:30 p.m.Dallas 3, Anaheim 0NBCSN
Wednesday, April 238 p.m.Anaheim at DallasCNBC
Friday, April 2510:30 p.m.Dallas at AnaheimNBCSN
*Sunday, April 27TBDAnaheim at DallasTSN
*Tuesday, April 29TBDDallas at AnaheimTSN
DateTime (ET)MatchupWatch
Thursday, April 1710:30 p.m.San Jose 6, Los Angeles 3NBCSN
Sunday, April 2010 p.m.San Jose 7, Los Angeles 2NBCSN
Tuesday, April 2210 p.m.San Jose 4, Los Angeles 3NBCSN
Thursday, April 2410:30 p.m.San Jose at Los AngelesNBCSN
*Saturday, April 26TBDLos Angeles at San JoseNBCSN
*Monday, April 28TBDSan Jose at Los AngelesCBC
*Wednesday, April 30TBDLos Angeles at San JoseCBC
ESPN.com, (* if necessary)

Now that we know what the first-round schedule and television broadcast information look like, let’s take a glance at the game to watch Wednesday in the NHL playoffs.


Wednesday Game to Watch: Pittsburgh Penguins at Columbus Blue Jackets, Game 4

COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 21:  R.J. Umberger #18 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates with the puck as Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins gives chase in Game Three of the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 21, 2014 at Nationwide Are
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The Columbus Blue Jackets may be the new faces around the NHL postseason block this time of year, but they have battled Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins tooth and nail throughout this series.

Columbus actually held a 3-1 lead in the first game in Pittsburgh before collapsing down the stretch and eventually falling in overtime. Game 2 was something of a flip of the script, as it was the Blue Jackets who came back in the third period and finally put the game-winning goal home in double-overtime.

Jay LaPrete

Columbus then dominated the first two periods in Game 3 in front of its home fans before giving up three goals in less than a three-minute stretch. Nationwide Arena was packed, and the air went out of the exuberant crowd just a little bit more each time the puck found the back of the net.

If Columbus wants any chance of advancing, it has to win Game 4 at home.

What makes this series so interesting from Pittsburgh’s perspective is the fact that Crosby or Evgeni Malkin have yet to score a goal, even though the Penguins hold a 2-1 advantage going into the fourth contest.

Forward Lee Stempniak, who came up huge for the Penguins in Game 3, talked about the need for others to step up, according to the Associated Press, via ESPN.com:

Obviously, Sid and Gino (Malkin) and Kuni and James Neal are going to get a lot of the attention, a lot of the tougher matchups. It sort of comes down to the secondary scoring and the other players who can make a difference in the series.

Look for Columbus to come out with the urgency you would expect from a team fighting for its postseason life in front of its home fans Wednesday.

Gene J. Puskar

The Blue Jackets will once again neutralize the superstars and force the role players to win the game for Pittsburgh. This time they won’t be able to, as Sergei Bobrovsky will make up for his lackluster third period in Game 3.

This back-and-forth series will head back to Pittsburgh appropriately tied at two games apiece.