NHL Playoff Schedule: First-Round Dates And Times

 
on April 08 2012 1:45 PM
Bruins captain Zedno Chara celebrates with the Stanley Cup.
Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is looking to win his second Stanley Cup in three years. REUTERS

The NHL playoffs begin Wednesday, with the Philadelphia Flyers taking on the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:30 p.m. EDT, setting off a month and a half of some of the fiercest competition in professional sports.

Check out the matchups and full schedule below. (All listed times are EDT.)

Eastern Conference

1. New York Rangers (51-24-7) vs. 8. Ottawa Senators (41-31-10)

Game 1 - April 12, 7 p.m. at New York

Game 2 - April 14, 7 p.m. at New York

Game 3 - April 16, 7:30 p.m. at Ottawa

Game 4 - April 18, 7:30 p.m. at Ottawa

Game 5 (if necessary) - April 21, 7 p.m. at New York

Game 6 (if necessary) - April 23, TBD at Ottawa

Game 7 (if necessary) - April 26, TBD at New York

2. Boston Bruins (49-29-4) vs. 7. Washington Capitals (42-32-8)

Game 1 - April 12, 7:30 p.m. at Boston

Game 2 - April 14, 3 p.m. at Boston

Game 3 - April 16, 7:30 p.m. at Washington

Game 4 - April 18, 7:30 p.m. at Washington

Game 5 (if necessary) - April 21, 3 p.m. at Boston

Game 6 (if necessary) - April 22, TBD at Washington

Game 7 (if necessary) - April 25, TBD at Boston

3. Florida Panthers (38-26-18) vs. 6. New Jersey Devils (48-28-6)

Game 1 - April 13, 7 p.m. at Florida

Game 2 - April 15, 7:30 p.m. at Florida

Game 3 - April 17, 7 p.m. at New Jersey

Game 4 - April 19, 7 p.m. at New Jersey

Game 5 (if necessary) - April 21, 6:30 p.m. at Florida

Game 6 (if necessary) - April 24, TBD at New Jersey

Game 7 (if necessary) - April 26, TBD at Florida

4. Pittsburgh Penguins (51-25-6) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (47-26-9)

Game 1 - April 11, 7:30 p.m. at Pittsburgh

Game 2 - April 13, 7:30 p.m. at Pittsburgh

Game 3 - April 15, 3 p.m. at Philadelphia

Game 4 - April 18, 7 p.m. at Philadelphia

Game 5 (if necessary) - April 20, 7:30 p.m. at Pittsburgh

Game 6 (if necessary) - April 22, TBD at Philadelphia

Game 7 (if necessary) - April 24, TBD at Pittsburgh

Western Conference

1. Vancouver Canucks (51-22-9) vs. 8. Los Angeles Kings (40-27-15)

Game 1 - April 11, 10:30 p.m. at Vancouver

Game 2 - April 13, 10 p.m. at Vancouver

Game 3 - April 15, 10:30 p.m. at Los Angeles

Game 4 - April 18, 10 p.m. at Los Angeles

Game 5 (if necessary) - April 22, TBD at Vancouver

Game 6 (if necessary) - April 24, TBD at Los Angeles

Game 7 (if necessary) - April 26, TBD at Vancouver

2. St. Louis Blues (49-22-11) vs. 7. San Jose (43-29-10)

Game 1 - April 12, 7:30 p.m. at St. Louis

Game 2 - April 14, 7:30 p.m. at St. Louis

Game 3 - April 16, 10 p.m. at San Jose

Game 4 - April 19, 10:30 p.m. at San Jose

Game 5 (if necessary) - April 21, 7:30 p.m. at St. Louis

Game 6 (if necessary) - April 23, TBD at San Jose

Game 7 (if necessary) - April 25, TBD at St. Louis

3. Phoenix Coyotes (42-27-13) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (45-26-11)

Game 1 - April 12, 10 p.m. at Phoenix

Game 2 - April 14, 10 p.m. at Phoenix

Game 3 - April 17, 9 p.m. at Chicago

Game 4 - April 19, 8 p.m. at Chicago

Game 5 (if necessary) - April 21, 10 p.m. at Phoenix

Game 6 (if necessary) - April 23, TBD at Chicago

Game 7 (if necessary) - April 25, TBD at Phoenix

4. Nashville Predators (48-26-8) vs. 5. Detroit Red Wings (48-28-6)

Game 1 - April 11, 8 p.m. at Nashville

Game 2 - April 13, 7:30 p.m. at Nashville

Game 3 - April 15, noon at Detroit

Game 4 - April 17, 7 p.m. at Detroit

Game 5 (if necessary) - April 20, 8 p.m. at Nashville

Game 6 (if necessary) - April 22, TBD at Detroit

Game 7 (if necessary) - April 24, TBD at Nashville

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