The 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Schedule …

is here.

Super-schedule later, or when we finally see some networks for this stuff. Thanks for reading Puck the Media.

NBC To Air Rangers/Caps, Flyers/Sabres, Coyotes/Wings

From NBC’s NHL site:

Saturday, April 16

Phoenix Coyotes at Detroit Red Wings, Game 2, 1-4 p.m. ET

Sunday, April 17

Washington Capitals at New York Rangers, Game 3, 3-6 p.m. ET

Saturday, April 23

New York Rangers at Washington Capitals, Game 5 (if necessary), 3-6 p.m. ET

Sunday, April 24

Philadelphia Flyers at Buffalo Sabres, Game 6 (if necessary), 3-6 p.m. ET

More shortly.


REPORT: CBC to Take Tampa/Pittsburgh, Detroit/Phoenix

According to Canadian Sports Media Blog:


Chicago-Vancouver – Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson

Montreal-Boston – Bob Cole, Garry Galley

Tampa Bay-Pittsburgh – Dean Brown, Greg Millen

Detroit-Phoenix – Mark Lee, Kevin Weekes



NY Rangers-Washington

Los Angeles-San Jose


Also, there’s a report that Blackhawks/Canucks Game 1 will air Wednesday at 10 PM ET, while Canadiens/Bruins Game 1 will be Thursday at 7 PM ET. We’ll know everything in half an hour.

Here’s the CBC’s announcement:

Hockey Night in Canada will be home to both of the Canadian NHL clubs looking to bring the Stanley Cup north of the border in 2011.


The Vancouver Canucks will try to carry over their Presidents’ Trophy regular-season campaign success into the playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks, with the games airing live on CBC Television and streaming at starting Wednesday at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET).


The eagerly anticipated Eastern Conference quarter-final series between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins will also be carried by Hockey Night in Canada beginning on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.


The Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes opening round matchup as well as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning series will also be broadcast by CBC, with the full NHL playoff schedule expected to be released later Sunday.


Just In Case You Weren’t Aware, a Game of Some Importance Shortly

NEW YORK/TORONTO (April 10, 2011) – For the second consecutive day, hockey fans across North America will be able to watch the game that will decide the eighth and final conference playoff spot when the NHL Network™ features the Dallas Stars and the Minnesota Wild at 6:00 p.m. ET today.*


With a win in regulation or overtime in the 1,230th and final game of the 2010-11 regular season, the Stars will secure the eighth seed in the Western Conference and a match-up with the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks. Should the Stars win in a shootout or lose to the Wild, the Chicago Blackhawks would secure the eighth seed in the Western Conference.


Last night, the NHL Network televised the Tampa Bay Lightning win over the Carolina Hurricanes that allowed the New York Rangers to secure the eighth and final playoff position in the Eastern Conference.


For both U.S. and Canadian audiences, the Dallas-Minnesota game on the NHL Network will begin more than five hours of live programming at 6:00 p.m. ET from Xcel Energy Center. The NHL On The Fly™ team will host live intermission shows throughout the game before rolling into a special edition of NHL On The Fly following the game.


Host Brian Duff, regular contributor Mike Johnson and special guest analyst Billy Jaffe will begin the live playoff coverage at 10 p.m. ET with the NHL On The Fly: Playoff Match-Up Scheduling Show, during which they’ll reveal the schedule and match-ups for the first round of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The show also will also be streamed live on for U.S. audiences.

VERSUS to Open with Rangers/Capitals, NBC with Coyotes/Red Wings

Doc Emrick just announced on NBC that VERSUS will open with Rangers/Capitals Game 1 on Wednesday at 7:00 PM ET. NBC will open with Game 2 of Coyotes/Red Wings on Saturday at 1:00 PM ET.

Arena Availability For Potential First Round Hosts

Since it was noted that playoff scheduling is about arena availability and TV requests, here’s some of the nights NHL arenas will be unavailable from April 13-27.

NOTE: For teams that will be starting on the road, I used events that were happening from April 17th on, as that’s the earliest playoff series would be holding Game 3’s. Also, for those teams, it will be unlikely they host a game on April 26th or 27th (when a Game 7 would take place) but it’s there anyway.

* – indicates the team plays in the same arena as an NBA team that will make their post-season.

Anaheim (Honda Center) – April 23rd (Lil Wayne)

Boston (TD Garden)* – April 13th (Celtics game), April 15th (Bob Seger)

Buffalo (HSBC Arena) – April 23rd (Lacrosse)

Chicago (United Center)* – Nothing

Dallas (American Airlines Center)* – April 27th (Charlie Sheen)

Detroit (Joe Louis Arena) – Nothing

Los Angeles (Staples Center)* – April 21st (Lil Wayne)

Montreal (Bell Centre) – April 20th (Rush), April 25th (Lady Gaga)

Nashville (Bridgestone Arena) – April 19th (Lady Gaga), April 21st (Bob Seger)

NY Rangers (Madison Square Garden)* – Nothing

Philadelphia (Wells Fargo Center)* – April 13th (76ers game), April 15th (Arena Football)

Phoenix ( Arena) – Nothing

Pittsburgh (Consol Energy Center) – April 16th (Arena Football – though it can be moved if needed), April 22nd (Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy)

San Jose (HP Pavilion at San Jose) – April 15th (Joel Osteen), April 23rd (Arena Football)

Tampa Bay (St. Petersburg Times Forum) – April 17th (Iron Maiden), April 22nd (Charlie Sheen)

Vancouver (Rogers Arena) – April 22 (Rod Stewart), April 27 (Lil Wayne)

Washington (Verizon Center) – Nothing