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***UPDATE, 5/4/2006: Round Two and Beyond Schedule***

Time to lace them up! It’s NHL playoff time, and at least one person is excited.

And so am I. I haven’t reflected it here much lately, but I’ve been enjoying the season’s home stretch. Final seedings in both conferences weren’t determined until near or at the very end of the season, with big question marks over whether or not last season’s Stanley Cup champs would even make the postseason (they did, barely) and if the Rangers would hang onto the Atlantic Division lead (they didn’t). Hopefully, the juice will last well into the Stanley Cup tourney (which potentially can last until June 19th).

As I resolved, I’m taking the opportunity to list the series-by-series schedule for these NHL playoffs. However, because of the seeding method used in hockey’s postseason, there’s little point in trying to map out beyond the first round at this stage. Therefore, this dead-simple playoff glance is going to be restricted to the first round. I’ll supplement it later, as matchups for the later rounds are determined.

Here we go. All times EST:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

No. 1 Ottawa Senators vs. No. 8 Tampa Bay Lightning
Game One: Fri, Apr 21 - TB at Ott, 7 p.m.
Game Two: Sun, Apr 23 – TB at Ott, 6 p.m. (OLN)
Game Three: Tue, Apr 25 – Ott at TB, 7 p.m. (OLN)
Game Four: Thu, Apr 27 – Ott at TB, 7 p.m. (OLN)
Game Five: Sat, Apr 29 – TB at Ott, 7 p.m. (OLN)*
Game Six: Mon, May 1 – Ott at TB, 7 p.m. (OLN)*
Game Seven: Wed, May 3 – TB at Ott, 7 p.m.*

No. 2 Carolina Hurricanes vs. No. 7 Montreal Canadiens
Game One: Sat, Apr 22 – Mtl at Car, 7 p.m.
Game Two: Mon, Apr 24 – Mtl at Car, 7 p.m.
Game Three: Wed, Apr 26 – Car at Mtl, 7 p.m.
Game Four: Fri, Apr 28 – Car at Mtl, 7 p.m.
Game Five: Sun, Apr 30 – Mtl at Car, 7:30 p.m.*
Game Six: Tue, May 2 – Car at Mtl, 7 p.m.*
Game Seven: Thu, May 4 – Mtl at Car, 7 p.m.*

No. 3 New Jersey Devils vs. No. 6 New York Rangers
Game One: Sat, Apr 22 – NYR at NJ, 3 p.m. (NBC)
Game Two: Mon, Apr 24 – NYR at NJ, 7 p.m. (OLN)
Game Three: Wed, Apr 26 – NJ at NYR, 7 p.m. (OLN)
Game Four: Sat, Apr 29 – NJ at NYR, 3 p.m. (NBC)
Game Five: Sun, Apr 30 – NYR at NJ, 6 p.m. (OLN)*
Game Six: Tue, May 2 – NJ at NYR, 7 p.m. (OLN)*
Game Seven: Thu, May 4 – NYR at NJ, TBD (OLN)*

No. 4 Buffalo Sabres vs. No. 5 Philadelphia Flyers
Game One: Sat, Apr 22 – Phi at Buf, 7 p.m. (OLN)
Game Two: Mon, Apr 24 – Phi at Buf, 7 p.m.
Game Three: Wed, Apr 26 – Buf at Phi, 7 p.m.
Game Four: Fri, Apr 28 – Buf at Phi, 7 p.m. (OLN)
Game Five: Sun, Apr 30 – Phi at Buf, 2 p.m. (NBC)*
Game Six: Tue, May 2 – Buf at Phi, 7 p.m. (TSN)*
Game Seven: Thu, May 4 – Phi at Buf, 7 p.m.*

WESTERN CONFERENCE

No. 1 Detroit Red Wings vs. No. 8 Edmonton Oilers
Game One: Fri, Apr 21 – Edm at Det, 7 p.m. (OLN)
Game Two: Sun, Apr 23 – Edm at Det, 1 p.m. (NBC)
Game Three: Tue, Apr 25 – Det at Edm, 10 p.m. (OLN)
Game Four: Thu, Apr 27 – Det at Edm, 9:30 p.m. (OLN)
Game Five: Sat, Apr 29 – Edm at Det, 3 p.m. (NBC)*
Game Six: Mon, May 1 – Det at Edm, TBD (OLN)*
Game Seven: Wed, May 3 – Edm at Det, 7 p.m. (OLN)*

No. 2 Dallas Stars vs. No. 7 Colorado Avalanche
Game One: Sat, Apr 22 – Col at Dal, 3 p.m. (NBC)
Game Two: Mon, Apr 24 – Col at Dal, 9 p.m. (OLN)
Game Three: Wed, Apr 26 – Dal at Col, 9:30 p.m. (OLN)
Game Four: Fri, Apr 28 – Dal at Col, 10 p.m. (OLN)
Game Five: Sun, Apr 30 – Col at Dal, 2 p.m. (NBC)*
Game Six: Tue, May 2 – Dal at Col (OLN)*
Game Seven: Thu, May 4 – Col at Dal, TBD (OLN)*

No. 3 Calgary Flames vs. No. 6 Anaheim Mighty Ducks
Game One: Fri, Apr 21 – Ana at Cgy, 10 p.m. (OLN)
Game Two: Sun, Apr 23 – Ana at Cgy, 9 p.m. (OLN)
Game Three: Tue, Apr 25 – Cgy at Ana, 10 p.m.
Game Four: Thu, Apr 27 – Cgy at Ana, 10 p.m.
Game Five: Sat, Apr 29 – Ana at Cgy, 10 p.m. (OLN)*
Game Six: Mon, May 1 – Cgy at Ana (OLN)*
Game Seven: Wed, May 3 – Ana at Cgy (OLN)*

No. 4 Nashville Predators vs. No. 5 San Jose Sharks
Game One: Fri, Apr 21 – SJ at Nsh, 8 p.m.
Game Two: Sun, Apr 23 – SJ at Nsh, 1 p.m. (NBC)
Game Three: Tue, Apr 25 – Nsh at SJ, 10:30 p.m.
Game Four: Thu, Apr 27 – Nsh at SJ, 10:30 p.m.
Game Five: Sun, Apr 30 – SJ at Nsh, 8:30 p.m. (OLN)*
Game Six: Tue, May 2 – Nsh at SJ, 10:30 p.m.*
Game Seven: Thu, May 4 – SJ at Nsh, TBD*

* - if necessary

That’s what we’re looking at. Game on! I may indulge in some predictions tomorrow.

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 04/20/2006 11:31:21 PM
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