NHL Playoff Schedule 2012: Flyers, Predators On Verge Of Series Wins

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 18: Sean Couturier #14 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on April 18, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the Flyers 10-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators can move on to their respective conference semifinals with wins on Friday night.

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

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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