The NHL Playoff schedule was released a 12PM today and, sorry, we are just now getting to putting it up on the site! Although you probably know by now, the Predators will be taking on the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs, a challenge Nashville has faced twice before and failed.
However, the Predators get to start the playoffs out at home and are a much better team than when they faced the Red Wings in the playoffs before in 2004 and 2008. We’ve already gotten the schedule up on our Schedule page (just scroll to the bottom), but we’ve added it here for easy finding.
2012 PLAYOFF SCHEDULE: ROUND 1
Wednesday, April 11th – Detroit @ Predators -7PM
Friday, April 13th – Detroit @ Predators – 6:30PM
Sunday, April 15th – Predators @ Detroit – 11AM
Tuesday, April 17th – Predators @ Detroit – 6:30PM
Friday, April 20th – Detroit @ Predators – 7PM
GAME 6: TBA
GAME 7: TBA
The Predators finished 4th overall in the Western Conference, the first time in franchise history that they topped the Red Wings in points. With that confidence boost, the Predators have every chance to knock the Red Wings from the Cup race.
Interested in the other match ups? Here’s what’s going on in the rest of the league regarding the playoffs:
- L.A. KINGS vs. VANCOUVER CANUCKS @ VANCOUVER
- SAN JOSE SHARKS vs. ST. LOUIS BLUES @ ST. LOUIS
- CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS vs. PHOENIX COYOTES @ PHOENIX
- NASHVILLE PREDATORS vs. DETROIT RED WINGS @ NASHVILLE
- NEW YORK RANGERS vs. OTTAWA SENATORS @ NEW YORK
- BOSTON BRUINS vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS @ BOSTON
- PHILADELPHIA FLYERS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS @ PITTSBURGH
- NEW JERSEY DEVILS vs. FLORIDA PANTHERS @ FLORIDA
So there you have it. One great advantage is that no game starts after 8PM CST, which will be nice for all of us on Central Standard Time. The games begin on Wednesday, April 11th and we will update the winners of each round as the series plays out!