NHL Playoff Schedule 2012: Flyers, Kings Aim For Sweeps On Wednesday

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 15: Scott Hartnell #19 of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrates a third period goal by Maxime Talbot #27 against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on April 15, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Penguins 8-4. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings can become the first two teams to make it to conference semifinals with wins on Wednesday.

Wednesday night could end two 2012 NHL playoffs series. And both would have to end in upsets and sweeps by the lower seed.

In the Eastern Conference, that would mean the Philadelphia Flyers continuing their offensive onslaught and dispatching the Pittsburgh Penguins; in the Western Conference, it would mean the Los Angeles Kings finishing the shock of the Quarterfinals and sweeping the defending conference champion Vancouver Canucks. The Flyers and Penguins meet at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, while the Kings host the Canucks at 10 p.m. Eastern.

The night's third game has the New York Rangers coming off a dominant performance by Henrik Lundqvist that secured a 2-1 series lead over the Ottawa Senators and looking to set up an elimination game for Ottawa at Madison Square Garden in Game 5. The puck drops in that contest at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins at No. 5 Philadelphia Flyers
7:30 p.m. ET -- Game 4, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals | Flyers lead, 3-0
National TV: NBC Sports, TSN, RDS2 | Local TV: ROOT, CSN Philadelphia

No. 1 New York Rangers at No. 8 Ottawa Senators
7:30 p.m. ET -- Game 4, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals | Rangers lead, 2-1
National TV: CNBC, CBC, RDS | Local TV: MSG+

No. 1 Vancouver Canucks at No. 8 Los Angeles Kings
10:00 p.m. ET -- Game 4, Western Conference Quarterfinals | Kings lead, 3-0
National TV: NBC Sports Network, CNBC, RDS

For complete coverage of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, stick with SB Nation's NHL hub. You can find team-by-team coverage from our network of hockey blogs.

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