Your Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Quarterfinal Mega-Schedule

Is after the jump.

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TV Schedule Now Out

Here it is.  Superschedule at Midnight or before.

NBC To Show Games From Three Series, No Crosby or Ovechkin

Saturday, April 17 – Game 2: Boston vs. Buffalo, 1PM
Sunday, April 18 – Game 3: Phoenix vs. Detroit, 3PM
Saturday, April 24 – Game 5: Nashville vs. Chicago, 3PM
Sunday, April 25 – Game 6: Phoenix vs. Detroit, 2PM

Replacement games would be Colorado-San Jose on 4/24 and New Jersey-Philadelphia on 4/25.

Your Stanley Cup Playoff Dates and Times

Are here.  TV Super-Schedule before midnight, promise.

CBC Takes Pens/Sens, Canucks/Kings, Bruins/Sabres and Sharks/Avs

According to Jeff Marek on Twitter.

Well then, commenters… what do we say to the editor?

Scheduling Tips Open Thread

From now until the thing gets released tonight, let’s use this thread to post updates in the comments.  You can also e-mail me at SMLepore@comcast.net or Twitter me @stevelepore with info.

Enjoy the day.

UPDATE 8:18 PM: Matchups are set.  * for matchups that I think have an NBC shot:

West

#8 Colorado vs. #1 San Jose*
#7 Nashville vs. #2 Chicago *
#6 Los Angeles vs. #3 Vancouver
#5 Detroit vs. #4 Phoenix*

BEST CHANCE: Detroit-Phoenix

East
#8 Montreal vs. #1 Washington
#7 Philadelphia vs. #2 New Jersey*
#6 Boston vs. #3 Buffalo*
#5 Ottawa vs. #4 Pittsburgh

BEST CHANCE: Jersey/Philly and Buffalo/Boston is a pretty even split.  Possibly, whichever series TSN gets.

UPDATE 1:26 PM: From a tip in the comments, CBC is actually asking fans of the net on Facebook whether they want to see Pittsburgh/Ottawa or Montreal vs. Whoever.

UPDATE 6:37 PM: Red Wings GM Ken Holland wants their series in Phoenix to start on Thursday.  I have my doubts on him getting it.

UPDATE 8:18PM: Anthony SanFlippo says Devils-Flyers Game 1 Wednesday at Prudential Center.

UPDATE 9:00PM: Ansar Khan reports Red Wings-Yotes 1-3 Wednesday/Friday/Sunday.

UPDATE 9:10PM: Rich Hammond says Canucks-Kings Thursday.

UPDATE 9:18PM: Habsinsideout.com says Caps-Habs Thursday.  Adrian Dater tells us he “hears” Sharks/Avs Thursday.

UPDATE 9:38PM: Haggerty says Bruins-Sabres Wednesday. Haggs is now saying Sabres/Bruins Thursday/Saturday, with Games 3 & 4 Monday/Wednesday.

UPDATE 10:03PM: The Caps confirm 1-4 for Thursday/Saturday/Monday/Wednesday too.  Looks like I’ll eat some crow and CBC will take it.

The Penguins Are Going to Get High Ratings in the Playoffs

Last night’s Pittsburgh Penguins win over the New York Islanders garnered the second highest NHL regular season rating on FSN Pittsburgh, according to Nielsen Media Research.  The game, which averaged an 13.14 HH rating, celebrated the final regular season game at Mellon Arena and was viewed by more than 151,100 households in the Pittsburgh DMA.

“Game #1,667 marked a milestone for FSN Penguins telecasts.  It was a record final season at Mellon Arena that resulted in our highest regular season ratings of all time.  Our ability to showcase more than 50 former Pittsburgh Penguins, who played a huge part in Penguins history, was truly a memorable opportunity for the nearly 378,000 viewers who tuned to FSN Pittsburgh for the final regular season game ever at Mellon Arena,” said Ted Black, Senior Vice President/General Manager, FSN Pittsburgh.  “On behalf of everyone who works so hard to bring these games to the fans, I want to thank our viewers and wish the Penguins luck on the road to repeat.”

Fifteen of the Top 20 Highest Rated Regular Season NHL Games on the regional sports network have occurred in the current 2009-10 season.  The highest rating of a regular season Penguins game in FSN Pittsburgh history still remains the 15.9 mark for the first game during which Mario Lemieux returned to the team in December 2000.

For the third straight year FSN Pittsburgh has lead all FOX regional sports networks in NHL game ratings.

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