Now the real fun begins.
After 82 regular season games, the Red Wings have a playoff opponent in the Phoenix Coyotes.
The dates and times are as follows.
GAME 1 – April 13th – Joe Louis Arena – 7:00 P.M. (HOME GAME 1)
GAME 2 – April 16th – Joe Louis Arena – 1:00 P.M. (HOME GAME 2)
GAME 3 – April 18th – at Phoenix – 10:30 P.M.
GAME 4 – April 20th – at Phoenix – 10:30 P.M.
GAME 5 – April 22nd – Joe Louis Arena – 7:00 P.M. (HOME GAME 3) – If necessary
GAME 6 – April 24th – at Phoenix – TBD – If necessary
GAME 7 – April 27th – Joe Louis Arena – TBD (HOME GAME 4) – If necessary
The other series are as follows.
1) Washington vs. 8 ) New York Rangers
2) Philadelphia vs. 7) Buffalo
3) Boston vs. 6) Montreal
4) Pittsburgh vs. 5) Tampa Bay
1) Vancouver vs. 8 ) Chicago
2) San Jose vs. 7) Los Angeles
3) Detroit vs. 6) Phoenix
4) Anaheim vs. 5) Nashville
As we all know, the Wings and Coyotes met last season in a seven game series, Vancouver and Chicago will meet for the third season in a row. Boston and Montreal meet for the third time in four seasons and the 33rd time overall. This is the first time all three teams from California have made the playoffs in the same season, with LA and San Jose squaring off in the first round.
Our friends at Winging it in Motown are holding a prediction contest where they will guess the winners of each playoff series all the way through the Stanley Cup Final. They are offering prizes from their site for the winner, but they are also allowing readers the option of giving money to the Humane Society in support of Patrick Eaves and the “get out of the doghouse” campaign, in order to be eligible for additional prizes.