NHL Playoffs 2012 Schedule And Bracket: Quest For Stanley Cup Kicks Off Wednesday

The NHL announced the complete schedule for the first round of the 2012 NHL playoffs on Sunday afternoon. The quest for Lord Stanley's Cup gets underway Wednesday.

The NHL announced the schedule for the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Sunday afternoon.

The postseason will begin on Wednesday, April 11 with three games. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia will open up their Eastern Conference series at 7:30 p.m. ET while out West, the No. 4 vs. No. 5 series between Nashville and Detroit kicks off at 8 p.m. ET. Los Angeles and Vancouver get underway in Game 1 Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Three other series begin Thursday night while Florida and New Jersey will have to wait until Friday evening to play game one of their series. See the full first round schedule below.

2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

Thursday, April 12 7 p.m. Ottawa at NY Rangers NHL Network, CBC
Saturday, April 14 7 p.m. Ottawa at NY Rangers NBC Sports Network, CBC
Monday, April 16 7:30 p.m. NY Rangers at Ottawa CBC, CNBC
Wednesday, April 18 7:30 p.m. NY Rangers at Ottawa CBC, CNBC
*Saturday, April 21 7 p.m. Ottawa at NY Rangers NBC Sports Network, CBC
*Monday, April 23 TBD NY Rangers at Ottawa TBD
*Thursday, April 26 TBD Ottawa at NY Rangers TBD

Thursday, April 12 7:30 p.m. Washington at Boston NBC Sports Network, CBC
Saturday, April 14 3 p.m. Washington at Boston NBC, CBC
Monday, April 16 7:30 p.m. Boston at Washington NBC Sports Network, CBC
Thursday, April 19 7:30 p.m. Boston at Washington NBC Sports Network, CBC
*Saturday, April 21 3 p.m. Washington at Boston NBC, CBC
*Sunday, April 22 TBD Boston at Washington TBD
*Wednesday, April 25 TBD Washington at Boston TBD

Friday, April 13 7 p.m. New Jersey at Florida NHL Network, TSN
Sunday, April 15 7:30 p.m. New Jersey at Florida NBC Sports Network, TSN
Tuesday, April 17 7 p.m. Florida at New Jersey NHL Network, TSN
Thursday, April 19 7 p.m. Florida at New Jersey NHL Network, TSN
*Saturday, April 21 6:30 p.m. New Jersey at Florida NHL Network, TSN
*Tuesday, April 24 TBD Florida at New Jersey TBD
*Thursday, April 26 TBD New Jersey at Florida TBD

Wednesday, April 11 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Pittsburgh NBC Sports Network, TSN
Friday, April 13 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Pittsburgh NBC Sports Network, TSN
Sunday, April 15 3 p.m. Pittsburgh at Philadelphia NBC, TSN
Wednesday, April 18 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Philadelphia NBC Sports Network, TSN
*Friday, April 20 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Pittsburgh NBC Sports Network, TSN
*Sunday, April 22 TBD Pittsburgh at Philadelphia TBD
*Tuesday, April 24 TBD Philadelphia at Pittsburgh TBD

2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals

Wednesday, April 11 10:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Vancouver CBC, NBC Sports Network
Friday, April 13 10 p.m. Los Angeles at Vancouver CBC, NBC Sports Network
Sunday, April 15 10:30 p.m. Vancouver at Los Angeles NBC Sports Network, CBC
Wednesday, April 18 10 p.m. Vancouver at Los Angeles NBC Sports Network, CBC
*Sunday, April 22 TBD Los Angeles at Vancouver TBD
*Tuesday, April 24 TBD Vancouver at Los Angeles TBD
*Thursday, April 26 TBD Los Angeles at Vancouver TBD

Thursday, April 12 7:30 p.m. San Jose at St. Louis CNBC, TSN
Saturday, April 14 7:30 p.m. San Jose at St. Louis CNBC, TSN
Monday, April 16 10 p.m. St. Louis at San Jose NBC Sports Network, TSN
Thursday, April 19 10:30 p.m. St. Louis at San Jose NBC Sports Network, TSN
*Saturday, April 21 7:30 p.m. San Jose at St. Louis CNBC, TSN
*Monday, April 23 TBD St. Louis at San Jose TBD
*Wednesday, April 25 TBD San Jose at St. Louis TBD

Thursday, April 12 10 p.m. Chicago at Phoenix NBC Sports Network, TSN
Saturday, April 14 10 p.m. Chicago at Phoenix NBC Sports Network, TSN
Tuesday, April 17 9 p.m. Phoenix at Chicago CNBC, TSN
Thursday, April 19 8 p.m. Phoenix at Chicago CNBC, TSN
*Saturday, April 21 10 p.m. Chicago at Phoenix NBC Sports Network, TSN
*Monday, April 23 TBD Phoenix at Chicago TBD
*Wednesday, April 25 TBD Chicago at Phoenix TBD

Wednesday, April 11 8 p.m. Detroit at Nashville CNBC, CBC
Friday, April 13 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Nashville CNBC, CBC
Sunday, April 15 12 p.m. Nashville at Detroit NBC, CBC
Tuesday, April 17 7:30 p.m. Nashville at Detroit NBC Sports Network, CBC
*Friday, April 20 8 p.m. Detroit at Nashville CNBC, CBC
*Sunday, April 22 TBD Nashville at Detroit TBD
*Tuesday, April 24 TBD Detroit at Nashville TBD

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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