NHL Playoff Schedule 2012: Game 4s Dominate Thursday Slate

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 17: Mikael Samuelsson #26 of the Florida Panthers skates against the New Jersey Devils in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Prudential Center on April 17, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Four Game 4s will be the order of the night on Thursday in the 2012 NHL Playoffs.

Four Game 4s dot the Thursday night schedule in the 2012 NHL Playoffs. And the early window will be crowded, with pucks dropping in three cities within an hour of each other.

The earliest game of the night takes place in the Meadowlands: the Florida Panthers will look to continue the momentum of its comeback victory in Game 3 and take a 3-1 advantage on the New Jersey Devils in a game beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern. The other Eastern Conference game of the night follows in short order, at 7:30 p.m., with the Washington Capitals trying to even the series to a 2-2 tie in a home game against the Boston Bruins.

Out west, the Phoenix Coyotes can get a 3-1 lead on the Chicago Blackhawks by sweeping two road games in the Windy City if they win their 8 p.m. tussle. And the nightcap, at 10:30 p.m., features the St. Louis Blues looking to push the San Jose Sharks to the brink of elimination.

No. 3 Florida Panthers at No. 6 New Jersey Devils
7 p.m. ET -- Game 4, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals | Panthers lead, 2-1
National TV: NHL Network US, TSN2, RDSI | Local TV: FS Florida, MSG+

No. 2 Boston Bruins at No. 7 Washington Capitals
7:30 p.m. ET -- Game 4, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals | Bruins lead, 2-1
National TV: NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS | Local TV: CSN Massachusetts, NESN

No. 3 Phoenix Coyotes at No. 6 Chicago Blackhawks
8 p.m. ET -- Game 4, Western Conference Quarterfinals | Coyotes lead, 2-1
National TV: CNBC, TSN, RDS2 | Local TV: FS Arizona+, CSN Chicago

No. 2 St. Louis Blues at No. 7 San Jose Sharks
10:30 p.m. ET -- Game 4, Western Conference Quarterfinals | Blues lead, 2-1
National TV: NBC Sports Network, TSN, RDS | Local TV: FS Midwest, CSN California

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