NHL Playoff Schedule 2012: Panthers-Devils, Coyotes-Blackhawks Game 3s Featured

SUNRISE, FL - APRIL 15: Victory Rats litter the ice as the Florida Panthers salute their fans by raising their sticks at center ice after defeating the New Jersey Devils in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the BankAtlantic Center on April 15, 2012 in Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers defeated the Devils 4-2. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Two Game 3s and one Game 4 comprise Tuesday night's NHL playoffs schedule.

There won't be an elimination game in Tuesday night's slate, but the last two Game 3s of the quarterfinals in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs will finally be played. And the No. 6 seeds in the Eastern and Western Conferences could take control of their respective matchups in these games.

The New Jersey Devils assured that they would head home to the Meadowlands no worse than tied with the Florida Panthers with a Game 1 win, then nearly erased a 3-0 Panthers lead in Game 2. Tuesday night's Game 3 could give the Devils the lead for good against Florida if New Jersey can defend its home turf.

In Detroit, the Red Wings had a chance to back up their road split in Nashville with a home win against the Predators on Sunday. Nashville prevailed 3-2, and the Preds will have a chance to take a 3-1 series lead back to Tennessee with a win in Tuesday's Game 4.

And in the night's final game, the Phoenix Coyotes travel to the Windy City to take on the Chicago Blackhawks. Bryan Bickell's overtime goal in Game 2 saved Chicago from a 2-0 hole to the Desert Dogs.

No. 3 Florida Panthers at No. 6 New Jersey Devils
7 p.m. ET -- Game 3, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals | Series tied, 1-1
National TV: NHL Network US, TSN, RDS | Local TV: MSG Plus, Sun Sports

No. 4 Nashville Predators at No. 5 Detroit Red Wings
7:30 p.m. ET -- Game 4, Western Conference Quarterfinals | Predators lead, 2-1
National TV: NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS2 | Local TV: FS Detroit, SportSouth

No. 3 Phoenix Coyotes at No. 6 Chicago Blackhawks
9:00 p.m. ET -- Game 3, Western Conference Quarterfinals | Series tied, 1-1
National TV: CNBC, TSN, RDS | Local TV: FS Arizona+, CSN Chicago

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