From the NHL, here's the full first-round schedule with dates and times, as well as the national broadcast outlets showing each game.
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(All times are Eastern.)
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A few thoughts:
• Sad, but not surprising that Anaheim/Nashville won't see a national game broadcast. That might be the underrated series of the first round.
• NBC takes Washington/New York, Philadelphia/Buffalo and Detroit/Phoenix, so no real deviation from its normal Sunday broadcasts from the regular season.
• The Sidney Crosby-less Penguins get just two games, potentially, on VERSUS and none on NBC.
• And finally, there's the potential that on Wednesday, April 27, we'll be watching five Game 7's that night.
We'll have our playoff previews up beginning Tuesday, and our full staff predictions will be posted on Wednesday.