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Your 2012 NHL Playoffs First Round Schedule

We have the dates, times, and networks for the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs through Game 5 in the majority of series that kick off Wednesday night.  For the first time, the NHL is televising every Stanley Cup game on national television, in a format that will be reminiscent of the NCAA Tournament.  Games will be teleivsed on NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC, and NHL Network.  Below is the bracket, and the Playoffs schedule.  We’ll try and keep this updated with announcers and more information as it becomes available.  

Eastern Conference

(1) New York Rangers vs. (8) Ottawa Senators

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(2) Boston Bruins vs. (7) Washington Capitals

(3) Florida Panthers vs. (6) New Jersey Devils

(4) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (5) Philadelphia Flyers

Western Conference

(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

* – Game played if necessary 

Wednesday, April 11

Game 1: Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh (NBCSN 7:30PM)

Game 1: Detroit @ Nashville (CNBC 8PM)

Game 1: Los Angeles @ Vancouver (NBCSN 10:30PM)

Thursday, April 12

Game 1: Ottawa @ NY Rangers (NHLN 7PM)

Game 1: Washington @ Boston (NBCSN 7:30PM)

Game 1: San Jose @ St. Louis (CNBC 7:30PM)

Game 1: Chicago @ Phoenix (NBCSN 10PM) 

Friday, April 13

Game 1: New Jersey @ Florida (NHLN 7PM)

Game 2: Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh (NBCSN 7:30PM)

Game 2: Detroit @ Nashville (CNBC 8PM)

Game 2: Los Angeles @ Vancouver (NBCSN 10PM) 

Saturday, April 14

Game 2: Washington @ Boston (NBC 3PM)

Game 2: Ottawa @ NY Rangers (NBCSN 7PM)

Game 2: San Jose @ St. Louis (CNBC 7:30PM)

Game 2: Chicago @ Phoenix (NBCSN 10PM) 

Sunday, April 15

Game 3: Nashville @ Detroit (NBC Noon)

Game 3: Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia (NBC 3PM)

Game 2: New Jersey @ Florida (NBCSN 7:30PM)

Game 3: Vancouver @ Los Angeles (NBCSN 10:30PM) 

Monday, April 16

Game 3: NY Rangers @ Ottawa (CNBC 7:30PM)

Game 3: Boston @ Washington (NBCSN 7:30PM)

Game 3: St. Louis @ San Jose (NBCSN 10PM) 

Tuesday, April 17

Game 3: Florida @ New Jersey (NHLN 7PM)

Game 4: Nashville @ Detroit (NBCSN 7:30)

Game 3: Phoenix @ Chicago (CNBC 9PM) 

Wednesday, April 18

Game 4: Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia (NBCSN 7:30PM)

Game 4: NY Rangers @ Ottawa (CNBC 7:30PM)

Game 4: Vancouver @ Los Angeles (NBCSN 10PM) 

Thursday, April 19

Game 4: Florida @ New Jersey (NHLN 7PM)

Game 4: Boston @ Washington (NBCSN 7:30PM)

Game 4: Phoenix @ Chicago (CNBC 8PM)

Game 4: St. Louis @ San Jose (NBCSN 10:30PM) 

Friday, April 20

Game 5: Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh (NBCSN 7:30PM)*

Game 5: Detroit @ Nashville (CNBC 8PM)* 

Saturday, April 21

Game 5: Washington @ Boston (NBC 3PM)*

Game 5: New Jersey @ Florida (NHLN 6:30PM)*

Game 5: Ottawa @ NY Rangers (NBCSN 7PM)*

Game 5: San Jose @ St. Louis (CNBC 7:30PM)*

Game 5: Chicago @ Phoenix (NBCSN 10PM)* 

Sunday, April 22

Game 6: Boston @ Washington (TBD)*

Game 6: Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia (TBD)*

Game 5: Los Angeles @ Vancouver (TBD)*

Game 6: Nashville @ Detroit (TBD)* 

Monday, April 23

Game 6: NY Rangers @ Ottawa (TBD)*

Game 6: St. Louis @ San Jose (TBD)*

Game 6: Phoenix @ Chicago (TBD)* 

Tuesday, April 24

Game 6: Florida @ New Jersey (TBD)*

Game 7: Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh (TBD)*

Game 6: Vancouver @ Los Angeles (TBD)*

Game 7: Detroit @ Nashville (TBD)* 

Wednesday, April 25

Game 7: Washington @ Boston (TBD)*

Game 7: San Jose @ St. Louis (TBD)*

Game 7: Chicago @ Phoenix (TBD)* 

Thursday, April 26

Game 7: Ottawa @ NY Rangers (TBD)*

Game 7: New Jersey @ Florida (TBD)*

Game 7: Los Angeles @ Vancouver (TBD)*

H/T Sammy!

Matt Yoder

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