Detroit Red Wings v San Jose Sharks

2011 Stanley Cup playoffs second round schedule

Let’s make no mistake about it; the first round of the 2011 playoffs is going to be tough to match. There were nine straight nights with at least one overtime game, including two Game 7’s that went beyond regulation. Those eight series featured plenty of comeback wins and high-pressure hockey.

For a quick preview of the 2011 semifinals, click here. Now let’s look at the game-by-game schedules for the four series that will take place in the second round, with a note for any contests that will be covered by Versus or NBC. (For information regarding TV schedules in Canada, click here.)

Included: Date, where the game will take place, start time and channel (if applicable). Italics indicate “if necessary” and TBD means to be determined. All start times are according to Eastern Standard Time (ET).

Important Note: Some games might be joined in progress on Versus and this schedule is subject to change.

Eastern Conference semifinals

1. Washington Capitals vs. 5. Tampa Bay Lightning

Game 1: Friday, April 29     at Washington, 7:00 p.m.     VERSUS
Game 2: Sunday, May 1     at Washington, 7:00 p.m.     VERSUS
Game 3: Tuesday, May 3     at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m.     VERSUS
Game 4: Wednesday, May 4     at Tampa Bay, 7:00 p.m.
Game 5: Saturday, May 7     at Washington, 12:30 p.m.     NBC
Game 6: Monday, May 9     at Tampa Bay, TBD     VERSUS
Game 7: Wednesday, May 11     at Washington, TBD     VERSUS

2. Philadelphia Flyers vs. 3. Boston Bruins

Game 1: Saturday, April 30     at Philadelphia, 3:00 p.m.     NBC
Game 2: Monday, May 2     at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.     VERSUS
Game 3: Wednesday, May 4     at Boston, 7:00 p.m.     VERSUS
Game 4: Friday, May 6     at Boston, 8:00 p.m.
Game 5: Sunday, May 8     at Philadelphia, 3:00 p.m.     NBC
Game 6: Tuesday, May 10     at Boston, TBD     VERSUS
Game 7: Thursday, May 12     at Philadelphia, TBD     VERSUS

Western Conference semifinals

1. Vancouver Canucks vs. 5. Nashville Predators

Game 1: Thursday, April 28     at Vancouver, 9:00 p.m.     VERSUS
Game 2: Saturday, April 30     at Vancouver, 9:00 p.m.     VERSUS
Game 3: Tuesday, May 3     at Nashville, 9:00 p.m.     VERSUS
Game 4: Thursday, May 5     at Nashville, 8:30 p.m.    VERSUS
Game 5: Saturday, May 7     at Vancouver, 8:00 p.m.     VERSUS
Game 6: Monday, May 9     at Nashville, TBD     VERSUS
Game 7: Wednesday, May 11     at Vancouver, TBD     VERSUS

2. San Jose Sharks vs. 3. Detroit Red Wings

Game 1: Friday, April 29     at San Jose, 10:00 p.m.     VERSUS
Game 2: Sunday, May 1     at San Jose, 3:00 p.m.     NBC
Game 3: Wednesday, May 4     at Detroit, 8:00 p.m.
Game 4: Friday, May 6     at Detroit, 7:00 p.m.     VERSUS
Game 5: Sunday, May 8     at San Jose, 8:00 p.m.     VERSUS
Game 6: Tuesday, May 10     at Detroit, TBD     VERSUS
Game 7: Thursday, May 12     at San Jose, TBD     VERSUS

Torres suspended pending hearing

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According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.

Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.

“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”

Oilers place Scrivens on waivers

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The Edmonton Oilers placed Ben Scrivens on waivers on Sunday.

Should he go unclaimed, the 29-year-old will be sent to the American Hockey League.

It looks like Edmonton will enter the regular season with Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson as their goaltenders.

Scrivens was the team’s number one goalie last year, but his overall numbers were among the worst for starting goaltenders in the NHL.

He had a 15-26-11 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage in 57 games last season.

Scrivens is scheduled to make $2.3 million in the final year of his contract.

If he does end up in the AHL, the Oilers will carry $1.35 million of dead money on the salary cap.

The move comes one day after Edmonton placed Nikita Nikitin on waivers.

The 29-year-old officially cleared on Sunday afternoon.