For a second consecutive spring, Hockey Night in Canada is home to two Canadian NHL teams, who will look to provide the country its first Stanley Cup title since 1993 when Montreal knocked off Los Angeles.
The Vancouver Canucks, fresh off their second straight Presidents’ Trophy as the league’s top point-getter in the regular season with 111, host the eight-seeded Kings in a best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final. Game 1 is Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. PT.
In the East, HNIC will follow the Ottawa Senators, who earned the eighth and final playoff spot in the conference with a 41-31-10 record for 92 points and will face the top-seeded New York Rangers. The series kicks off Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.
Other quarter-finals available to HNIC viewers are the Nashville Predators-Detroit Red Wings series (Game 1 Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT) and Boston Bruins-Washington Capitals matchup (Game 1 Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET).
"Watching the Stanley Cup playoffs on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada is a Canadian tradition for everyone from dedicated hockey fans to casual viewers," said Julie Bristow, CBC's executive director of studio and unscripted programming. "With 50 days and nights of coverage from the drop of the first puck to the final horn in the Stanley Cup final, we're proud to continue the great tradition of providing viewers with innovative world-class coverage and analysis that is second to none."
Nashville clinched the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference with its 6-1 manhandling of Colorado on Saturday, finishing two points ahead of fifth-seeded Detroit. Earlier in the day, the Red Wings fell 3-2 in a shootout to No. 6 Chicago.
The Northeast Division-champion Bruins finished second to the Rangers in the East with 102 points, while Washington won five of its final seven games to get back in the playoff picture, finishing seventh.
Two of the West matchups weren’t determined until around 1 a.m. ET Sunday after San Jose locked up the No. 7 seed with a 3-2 overtime victory over L.A. to bump the Kings to eighth.
In all, Saturday’s schedule, with all 30 teams in action, produced the Presidents’ Trophy winner, two division titles, one conference title, seven of eight playoff matchups and determined 11 of 16 post-season participants.
Playoff coverage on HNIC kicks off Tuesday at 8 p.m. local with Stanley Cup Countdown before a live studio audience. Host Ron MacLean and analysts Kelly Hrudey and P.J. Stock will break down all eight first-round matchups, while iDesk host Elliotte Friedman provides breaking news from around the league.
Game coverage starts Wednesday with a doubleheader featuring Detroit at Nashville and Los Angeles at Vancouver.
Coach's Corner, featuring Don Cherry and MacLean, won't debut until the first intermission of Thursday's game between Ottawa and the Rangers.
Scotiabank Hockey Tonight returns April 14 at 6:30 p.m. ET ahead of Game 2 of the Senators-Rangers series in New York (7 p.m. ET).
The Canucks-Kings series will be featured on Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi, available on Rogers Cable channel 799, Shaw Digital TV channel 328, Shaw Direct, TELUS Optik TV channel 131 and on Bell TV and FIBE TV channel 232. It will also be streamed live and on-demand at CBCSports.ca.
This year's HNIC playoff broadcasts will feature a host of innovative social media applications to make each game an interactive experience for viewers across Canada. Hockey Night Playoff Pulse invites fans to engage online with CBCSports.ca through the ultimate "second screen" experience with in-game polls and pools where fans can challenge each other through Facebook and Twitter, plus live updated leaderboards.
The following is the full list of playoff broadcast times on CBC Television and CBCSports.ca:
- Game 1: April 11 in Vancouver, 10:30 p.m. ET
- Game 2: April 13 in Vancouver, 10 p.m. ET
- Game 3: April 15 in Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. ET
- Game 4: April 18 in Los Angeles, 10 p.m. ET
- Game 5: April 22 in Vancouver, TBA
- Game 6: April 24 in Los Angeles, TBA
- Game 7: April 26 in Vancouver, TBA
- Game 1: April 12 in New York, 7 p.m. ET
- Game 2: April 14 in New York, 7 p.m. ET
- Game 3: April 16 in Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Game 4: April 18 in Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Game 5: April 21 in New York, 7 p.m. ET
- Game 6: April 23 in Ottawa, TBA
- Game 7: April 26 in New York, TBA
- Game 1: April 11 in Nashville, 8 p.m. ET
- Game 2: April 13 in Nashville, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Game 3: April 15 in Detroit, noon ET
- Game 4: April 17 in Detroit, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Game 5: April 20 in Nashville, 8 p.m. ET
- Game 6: April 22 in Detroit, TBA
- Game 7: April 24 in Nashville, TBA
- Game 1: April 12 in Boston, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Game 2: April 14 in Boston, 3 p.m. ET
- Game 3: April 16 in Washington, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Game 4: April 19 in Washington, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Game 5: April 21 in Boston, 3 p.m. ET
- Game 6: April 22 in Washington, TBA
- Game 7: April 25 in Boston, TBA