The 2012 NHL Playoffs will have a truly spectacular Saturday. But before that, on Friday, the Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators can become the first two teams to advance to their respective conference semifinals.
The Flyers own a 3-1 lead on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Semifinals and will need to get a win in Pittsburgh to eliminate the Pens for good. Game 5 should be a sedate, low-scoring affair; the two teams have combined for 45 goals in the first four games of their series. The puck drops in that game at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.
In Nashville, the Predators will have a chance to eliminate the Detroit Red Wings after winning Games 3 and 4 on the road in the Motor City. Gabriel Bourque's three goals have paced the Preds, who will face off with the Wings at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.
No. 5 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins
7:30 p.m. ET -- Game 5, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals | Flyers lead, 3-1
National TV: NBC Sports Network, TSN, RDS | Local TV: CSN Philadelphia, ROOT Sports
No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 4 Nashville Predators
8 p.m. ET -- Game 5, Western Conference Quarterfinals | Predators lead, 3-1
National TV: CNBC, CBC, RDSI | Local TV: FS Detroit, SportSouth