NHL Playoff Schedule 2011: Times, TV Information For Wednesday's Games

The 2011 NHL playoffs kick off on Wednesday night with five games across the league. Here's a quick rundown on each of the first round games on this first night of real, live playoff hockey.

7:00 p.m. ET

No. 5 Tampa Bay Lightning at No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins
Game 1, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals -- CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Local TV: ROOT Sports in Pittsburgh, Sun Sports in Tampa. 
National TV: CBC in Canada (Eastern region), RDS, no U.S. national coverage. 

Get up to speed with our blogs: Raw Charge covering the Lightning, Pensburgh covering the Penguins. You can find full SBNation.com coverage here

No. 6 Phoenix Coyotes at No. 3 Detroit Red Wings
Game 1, Western Conference Quarterfinals -- Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mi.

Local TV: Fox Sports Detroit in Detroit, no local coverage in Phoenix.
National TV: Versus in the U.S. (including Phoenix), CBC in Canada. 

Check in with our blogs: Winging It In Motown on the Red Wings, Five For Howling on the Coyotes. You can find full SBNation.com coverage here

7:30 p.m. ET

No. 8 New York Rangers at No. 1 Washington Capitals
Game 1, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals -- Verizon Center in Washington D.C.

Local TV: MSG Plus in New York, CSN Washington in D.C.
National TV: Versus in the U.S. (after PHX-DET), CBC in Canada (Western region). 

Our blogs: Japers' Rink for the Caps perspective, Blueshirt Banter on the Rangers. You can find full SBNation.com coverage here

10:00 p.m. ET

No. 8 Chicago Blackhawks at No. 1 Vancouver Canucks
Game 1, Western Conference Quarterfinals -- Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C.

Local TV: CSN Chicago in Chicago, no local coverage in Vancouver.
National TV: Versus in the U.S., RDS and CBC in Canada. 

Our blogs: Nucks Misconduct for the Vancouver perspective, Second City Hockey from Chicago. You can find full SBNation.com coverage here

10:30 p.m. ET

No. 5 Nashville Predators at No. 4 Anaheim Ducks
Game 1, Western Conference Quarterfinals -- Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. 

Local TV: KDOC in Anaheim, SportSouth in Nashville.
National TV: TSN and RIS in Canada, no national coverage in the U.S.

Our blogs: On the Forecheck covers the Predators, while Anaheim Calling covers the Ducks. You can find full SBNation.com coverage here

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