Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 Schedule

First Round NHL Playoff Game One Picks

Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 Schedule

The Race to the Cup begins this Wednesday with the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Click here to view the updated 2014 NHL playoff betting odds.

The Boston Bruins are the favorites to capture their second Stanley Cup in four years when the NHL’s new playoff format debuts Wednesday with three games involving two wild card teams (Columbus and Dallas), two division winners (Anaheim and Pittsburgh) and Atlantic Division rivals Tampa Bay and Montreal.

The Bruins captured the Presidents’ Trophy with 117 points thanks to a torrid March and enviable forward depth, but several teams have legitimate shots at the top prize, including the Sidney Crosby-led Penguins, the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks and a litany of elite Western Conference teams that includes Anaheim, Colorado, St. Louis, San Jose and Los Angeles.

Here’s a look at all eight first-round series.

EASTERN CONFERENCE 

Bruins vs. Red Wings 
Friday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Boston (NBC Sports Network, TSN) 
Sunday, April 20 at 3 p.m. at Boston (NBC, TSN) 
Tuesday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Detroit (NBC Sports Network, TSN) 
Thursday, April 24 at 8 p.m. at Detroit (NBC Sports Network, TSN) 
*Saturday, April 26 at 3 p.m. at Boston (NBC, TSN) 
*Monday, April 28 at TBD at Detroit (TSN) 
*Wednesday, April 30 at TBD at Boston (TSN) 

Lightning vs. Canadiens 
Wednesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at Tampa Bay (CNBC, CBC, RDS) 
Friday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at Tampa Bay (CNBC, CBC, RDS) 
Sunday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at Montreal (CBC, RDS, NBC Sports Network) 
Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at Montreal (CBC, RDS, NHL Network U.S.) 
*Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. at Tampa Bay (CNBC, CBC, RDS) 
*Sunday, April 27 at TBD at Montreal (CBC, RDS, NBC Sports Network) 
*Tuesday, April 29 at TBD at Tampa Bay (CBC, RDS) 

Penguins vs. Blue Jackets 
Wednesday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Pittsburgh (NBC Sports Network, CBC) 
Saturday, April 19 at 7 p.m. at Pittsburgh (NBC Sports Network, CBC) 
Monday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at Columbus (NBC Sports Network, CBC) 
Wednesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at Columbus (NBC Sports Network, CBC) 
*Saturday, April 26 at TBD at Pittsburgh (CBC) 
*Monday, April 28 at TBD at Columbus (CBC) 
*Wednesday, April 30 at TBD at Pittsburgh (CBC) 

Rangers vs. Flyers 
Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m. at NY Rangers (CNBC, TSN) 
Sunday, April 20 at Noon at NY Rangers (NBC, TSN) 
Tuesday, April 22 at 8 p.m. at Philadelphia (CNBC, TSN) 
Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at Philadelphia (CNBC, TSN) 
*Sunday, April 27 at Noon at NY Rangers (NBC, TSN) 
*Tuesday, April 29 at TBD at Philadelphia (TSN) 
*Wednesday, April 30 at TBD at NY Rangers (TSN) 

WESTERN CONFERENCE 

Avalanche vs. Wild 
Thursday, April 17 at 9:30 p.m. at Colorado (CNBC, TSN) 
Saturday, April 19 at 9:30 p.m. at Colorado (NBC Sports Network, TSN) 
Monday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at Minnesota (NHL Network U.S., TSN) 
Thursday, April 24 at 9:30 p.m. at Minnesota (CNBC, TSN2) 
*Saturday, April 26 at TBD at Colorado (TSN) 
*Monday, April 28 at TBD at Minnesota (TSN) 
*Wednesday, April 30 at TBD at Colorado (TSN) 

Blues vs. Blackhawks 
Thursday, April 17 at 8 p.m. at St. Louis (NBC Sports Network, CBC) 
Saturday, April 19 at 3 p.m. at St. Louis (NBC, CBC) 
Monday, April 21 at 8:30 p.m. at Chicago (CNBC, CBC) 
Wednesday, April 23 at 9:30 p.m. at Chicago (NBC Sports Network, CBC) 
*Friday, April 25 at 8 p.m. at St. Louis (NBC Sports Network, CBC) 
*Sunday, April 27 at 3 p.m. at Chicago (NBC, CBC) 
*Tuesday, April 29 at TBD at St. Louis (CBC) 

Ducks vs. Stars 
Wednesday, April 16 at 10 p.m. at Anaheim (NBC Sports Network, TSN) 
Friday, April 18 at 10 p.m. at Anaheim (NBC Sports Network, TSN) 
Monday, April 21 at 9:30 p.m. at Dallas (NBC Sports Network, TSN) 
Wednesday, April 23 at 8 p.m. at Dallas (CNBC, TSN) 
*Friday, April 25 at 10:30 p.m. at Anaheim (NBC Sports Network, TSN) 
*Sunday, April 27 at TBD at Dallas (TSN) 
*Tuesday, April 29 at TBD at Anaheim (TSN) 

Sharks vs. Kings 
Thursday, April 17 at 10:30 p.m. at San Jose (NBC Sports Network, CBC) 
Sunday, April 20 at 10 p.m. at San Jose (NBC Sports Network, CBC) 
Tuesday, April 22 at 10 p.m. at Los Angeles (NBC Sports Network, CBC) 
Thursday, April 24 at 10:30 p.m. at Los Angeles (NBC Sports Network, CBC) 
*Saturday, April 26 at TBD at San Jose (NBC Sports Network, CBC) 
*Monday, April 28 at TBD at Los Angeles (CBC) 
*Wednesday, April 30 at TBD at San Jose (CBC) 

* if necessary 
TBD – To Be Determined