Check out the full second-round schedule


The NHL’s schedule for the semifinals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs has been released and you can take a look at it below. NBC Universal will televise every postseason game this year.

Without further ado, here’s the schedule:

* – If necessary, TBD = to be determined; All times Eastern.


No.1 New York Rangers vs. No. 7 Washington Capitals
Saturday, April 28, 2012; 3 p.m.; Washington at NY Rangers; NBC, CBC
Monday, April 30, 2012;7:30 p.m.; Washington at NY Rangers; NBC Sports Network, CBC
Wednesday, May 2, 2012;7:30 p.m. ;NY Rangers at Washington; NBC Sports Network, CBC
Saturday, May 5, 2012 12:30 p.m. NY Rangers at Washington; NBC, CBC
*Monday, May 7, 2012 7:30 p.m. Washington at NY Rangers; NBC Sports Network, CBC
*Wednesday, May 9, 2012 TBD NY Rangers at Washington; TBD, CBC
*Saturday, May 12, 2012 TBD Washington at NY Rangers; TBD, CBC

No. 5 Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 6 New Jersey Devils
Sunday, April 29, 2012 3 p.m. New Jersey at Philadelphia NBC, CBC
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 7:30 p.m. New Jersey at Philadelphia NBC Sports Network, CBC
Thursday, May 3, 2012 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at New Jersey NBC Sports Network, CBC
Sunday, May 6, 2012 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at New Jersey NBC Sports Network, CBC
*Tuesday, May 8, 2012 TBD New Jersey at Philadelphia NBC Sports Network, CBC
*Thursday, May 10, 2012 TBD Philadelphia at New Jersey TBD, CBC
*Saturday, May 12, 2012 TBD New Jersey at Philadelphia TBD, CBC


No. 2 St. Louis Blues vs. No. 8 Los Angeles Kings
Saturday, April 28, 2012 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles at St. Louis NBC Sports Network, TSN
Monday, April 30, 2012 9 p.m. Los Angeles at St. Louis CNBC, TSN
Thursday, May 3, 2012 10 p.m. St. Louis at Los Angeles NBC Sports Network, TSN
Sunday, May 6, 2012 3 p.m. St. Louis at Los Angeles NBC, TSN
*Tuesday, May 8, 2012 TBD Los Angeles at St. Louis CNBC, TSN
*Thursday, May 10, 2012 TBD St. Louis at Los Angeles TBD, TSN
*Saturday, May 12, 2012 TBD Los Angeles at St. Louis TBD, TSN

No. 3 Phoenix Coyotes vs. No. 4 Nashville Predators
Friday, April 27, 2012 9 p.m. Nashville at Phoenix NBC Sports Network, TSN
Sunday, April 29, 2012 8 p.m. Nashville at Phoenix NBC Sports Network, TSN
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 9 p.m. Phoenix at Nashville CNBC, TSN
Friday, May 4, 2012 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at Nashville NBC Sports Network, TSN
*Monday, May 7, 2012 10 p.m. Nashville at Phoenix NBC Sports Network, TSN
*Wednesday, May 9, 2012 TBD Phoenix at Nashville TBD, TSN
*Friday, May 11, 2012 TBD Nashville at Phoenix TBD, TSN

McDavid disappointed at NHL decision to skip Olympics


TORONTO (AP) Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid said he’s disappointed the NHL won’t be sending players to the Winter Olympic in South Korea.

“It would have been a special group, and you’re just hopeful to be a part of it,” McDavid told reporters at a charity event Wednesday. “It’s disappointing, but that’s the way it is. You want to be able to represent your country on the highest stage, and the Olympics is obviously the highest stage possible.”

McDavid’s comments came a day after Hockey Canada announced it was looking for non-NHL talent for Canada’s roster in Pyeongchang.

Sean Burke, the team’s GM, said Tuesday the bulk of Canada’s team will come from players based in Europe.

The NHL’s reasons not to participate in the upcoming Games include disagreements over costs as well as problems accommodating the Games during its regular season.

When asked whether there was the possibility of getting permission from the Oilers to attend the Olympics, McDavid was non-committal.

“I’m not too involved in all that stuff,” he said.

The NHL Players Association has said the league’s decision is “short-sighted.”

The NHL allowed its players to compete in every Olympics since 1998 Nagano Games, and Canada was won three of the last four gold medals.

Markov, Habs officially part ways


Andrei Markov‘s run of 17 consecutive seasons in Montreal is over.

On Thursday, the Habs announced that Markov — who’s played all 990 of his career NHL contests with the Canadiens — wouldn’t be brought back for the 2017-18 campaign.

The news comes after months of rumblings about Markov’s contractual status. It was initially believed the 38-year-old UFA was looking for $12 million over two years, and there was a brief flirtation with the Flyers (which, it later turned out, was simply Markov’s interest in going to Philly, not the Flyers actively pursuing him).

Montreal GM Marc Bergevin stated on several occasions he wanted to bring Markov back, but only at the right price and term. That’s because Bergevin knew Markov still played an important role — despite appearing in just 62 games last year, the Russian rearguard was offensively productive, with six goals and 36 points, and averaged nearly 22 minutes per night.

That said, Bergevin also knew the financial realities. He dished out big bucks this offseason — a combined $154.8 million for Carey Price, Jonathan Drouin, Alex Galchenyuk and Karl Alzner — and just didn’t have the money left to give Markov a big ticket.

Instead, Bergevin played it conservative in rounding out his defense, which included Tuesday’s one-year, $700,000 deal for Mark Streit. Some saw that deal as the writing on the wall for Markov in Montreal.

Looking ahead, it’ll be interesting to see where Markov ends up. If he lowers his asking price, there’s no doubt an NHL team would be interested. If he doesn’t, he could angle for a KHL deal and the opportunity to represent Russia in the upcoming Winter Olympics.

Malkin wants to see Ovechkin win a Stanley Cup


Evgeni Malkin‘s career is far from over, but he’s already accomplished so much.

The 30-year-old has won three Stanley Cups, a Conn Smythe Trophy, a Hart Trophy, two Art Ross Trophies and a Calder Trophy.

Fellow countryman Alex Ovechkin has also won a number of individual awards, but he hasn’t been as fortunate when it comes team awards and playoff success.

There always seemed to be a rivalry between the two Russian forwards, but that doesn’t mean Malkin isn’t rooting for Ovechkin to take home a championship before his career is over.

“I was a bit luckier than (Ovechkin), that’s why I won those cups,” Malkin said, per Sports-Express’ Igor Eronko. “He has everything ahead of him. I wish him to win the cup.”

How do Penguins fans feel about that?

Malkin was also one of the more controversial omissions on the NHL’s “Top 100 Players” list. The Pens forward was disappointed about being left off the list, but hoisting Lord Stanley again seems to have erased that sting.

“I was a little bit disappointed when I wasn’t included in the list of 100 greatest players,” added Malkin. “But I won the cup and am happy.”

PHT Morning Skate: 9 rookies that could win the Calder Trophy in 2017-18

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–This year’s offseason is a lot more quiet than last year’s offseason (P.K. Subban for Shea Weber and Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson were two major stories last summer). So Sean McIndoe dug up seven storylines that still need sorting out. Somehow, the Avs have failed to trade Matt Duchene, John Tavares hasn’t signed an extension with the Islanders, and the Golden Knights still have a lot of defensemen. (Sportsnet)

–Sam McCaig of The Hockey News put together his free agent All-Star team, and there were some pretty big names to chose from. Mike Fisher, Jaromir Jagr and Thomas Vanek were all on McCaig’s first line, while Andrei Markov and Fedor Tyutin were on the top pairing. (The Hockey News)

–The San Jose Sharks lost Patrick Marleau to the Maple Leafs this offseason which means that they’ll need to replace his production. Don’t be surprised if players like Mikkel Boedker, Jannik Hansen and Tomas Hertl are asked to do more in 2017-18. (

–Devils rookie Nico Hischier has to be considered one of the front runners to win the Calder Trophy in 2017-18, so came up with a list of eight other players that will push him for that crown. Fellow 2017 draft pick Nolan Patrick could be a legitimate contender for top rookie too, but so can Coyote prospects Clayton Keller and Dylan Strome. (

–The person running the Golden Knights’ Twitter account has been incredibly funny throughout the summer, and that didn’t stop yesterday. The account took a nice little jab at some Canadian friends:

–Here are some interesting numbers from last season regarding scoring by defensemen. Obviously, Brent Burns played a big part in San Jose being at the top of list: