NHL Playoff Schedule 2011 Announced; Games Begin Wednesday With Penguins Vs. Lightning

The 2011 NHL playoff schedule is set, and the second season will officially begin on Wednesday  at 7 p.m. when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Tampa Bay Lightning at Consol Energy Center. Four other playoff series will begin that night, while the other three series will get underway on Thursday.

Below, the complete schedule. The lower seed hosts Games 1, 2, 5 and 7, while the higher seed hosts Games 3, 4 and 6. All times Eastern.

No. 1 Washington Capitals vs. No. 8 New York Rangers

Game 1: Wed., April 13 at 7:30 p.m. 
Game 2: Fri., April 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Game 3: Sun., April 17 at 3 p.m.
Game 4: Wed., April 20 at 7 p.m. 
Game 5*: Sat., April 23 at 3 p.m. 
Game 6*: Mon., April 25 at TBD
Game 7*: Wed., April 27 at TBD

No. 2 Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 7 Buffalo Sabres

Game 1: Thu., April 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Game 2: Sat., April 16 at 5 p.m.
Game 3: Mon., April 18 at 7 p.m.
Game 4: Wed., April 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Game 5*: Fri., April 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Game 6*: Sun., April 24 at 3 p.m.
Game 7*: Tues., April 26 at TBD

No. 3 Boston Bruins vs. No. 6 Montreal Canadiens

Game 1: Thurs., April 14 at 7 p.m.
Game 2: Sat., April 16 at 7 p.m.
Game 3: Mon., April 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Game 4: Thurs., April 21 at 7 p.m.
Game 5*: Sat., April 23 at 7 p.m.
Game 6*: Tues., April 26 at TBD
Game 7*: Wed., April 27 at TBD

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay Lightning

Game 1: Wed., April 13 at 7 p.m.
Game 2: Fri., April 15 at 7 p.m.
Game 3: Mon., April 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Game 4: Wed., April 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Game 5*: Sat., April 23 at TBD
Game 6*: Mon., April 25 at TBD
Game 7*: Wed., April 27 at TBD

No. 1 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 8 Chicago Blackhawks

Game 1: Wed., April 13 at 10 p.m.
Game 2: Fri., April 15 at 10 p.m.
Game 3: Sun., April 17 at 8 p.m.
Game 4: Tues., April 19 at 8 p.m.
Game 5*: Thurs., April 21 at 10 p.m.
Game 6*: Sun., April 24 at 8 p.m.
Game 7*: Tues., April 26 at TBD

No. 2 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 7 Los Angeles Kings

Game 1: Thurs., April 14 at 10 p.m.
Game 2: Sat., April 16 at 10 p.m.
Game 3: Tues., April 19 at 10:30 p.m.
Game 4: Thurs., April 21 at 10:30 p.m.
Game 5*: Sat., April 23 at 10:30 p.m.
Game 6*: Mon., April 25 at TBD
Game 7*: Wed., April 27 at TBD

No. 3 Detroit Red Wings vs. No. 6 Phoenix Coyotes

Game 1: Wed., April 13 at 7 p.m.
Game 2: Sat., April 16 at 1 p.m.
Game 3: Mon., April 17 at 10:30 p.m.
Game 4: Wed., April 20 at 10:30 p.m.
Game 5*: Fri., April 22 at 7 p.m.
Game 6*: Sun., April 24 at TBD
Game 7*: Wed., April 27 at TBD

No. 4 Anaheim Ducks vs. No. 5 Nashville Predators

Game 1: Wed., April 13 at 10:30 p.m.
Game 2: Fri., April 15 at 10:30 p.m.
Game 3: Sun., April 17 at TBD
Game 4: Wed., April 20 at TBD
Game 5*: Fri., April 22 at 10 p.m.
Game 6*: Sun., April 24 at TBD
Game 7*: Tues., April 26 at TBD

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