NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers shakes hands with Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitals in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 12, 2012 in New York City. The Rangers defeat the Capitals 2-1. (Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)

The schedule for round one of the 2013 playoffs

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Want to know what you’re probably going to be doing for the next weeks or so? Here’s the TV schedule for the first round of the 2013 playoffs, via NHL.com.

Note: all times Eastern Time (ET).

2013 EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

#1 Pittsburgh vs. #8 NY Islanders

Wednesday, May 1 7:30 p.m. NY Islanders at Pittsburgh NBC Sports Network, TSN

Friday, May 3  7 p.m. NY Islanders at Pittsburgh NBC Sports Network, TSN

Sunday, May 5 Noon Pittsburgh at NY Islanders NBC, TSN

Tuesday, May 7 7p.m. Pittsburgh at NY Islanders NBC Sports Network, TSN

*Thursday, May 9  7 p.m. NY Islanders at Pittsburgh TSN

*Saturday, May 11 TBD Pittsburgh at NY Islanders TSN

*Sunday, May 12 TBD NY Islanders at Pittsburgh TSN

#2 Montreal vs. #7 Ottawa

Thursday, May 2 7 p.m. Ottawa at Montreal CBC, RDS, CNBC

Friday, May 3 7 p.m. Ottawa at Montreal CBC, RDS, CNBC

Sunday, May 5 7 p.m. Montreal at Ottawa CBC, RDS, NBC Sports Network

Tuesday, May 7 7 p.m. Montreal at Ottawa CBC, RDS, CNBC

*Thursday, May 9 7 p.m. Ottawa at Montreal CBC, RDS

*Saturday, May 11 TBD Montreal at Ottawa CBC, RDS

*Sunday, May 12 TBD Ottawa at Montreal CBC, RDS

#3 Washington vs. #6 NY Rangers

Thursday, May 2 7:30 p.m. NY Rangers at Washington NBC Sports Network, TSN

Saturday, May 4 12:30 p.m. NY Rangers at Washington NBC, TSN

Monday, May 6 7:30 p.m. Washington at NY Rangers NBC Sports Network, TSN

Wednesday, May 8 7:30 p.m. Washington at NY Rangers NBC Sports Network, TSN

*Friday, May 10 7:30 p.m. NY Rangers at Washington TSN

*Sunday, May 12 TBD Washington at NY Rangers TSN

*Monday, May 13 TBD NY Rangers at Washington TSN

#4 Boston vs. #5 Toronto

Wednesday, May 1 7 p.m. Toronto at Boston CNBC, CBC, RDS

Saturday, May 4 7 p.m. Toronto at Boston CNBC, CBC, RDS

Monday, May 6 7 p.m. Boston at Toronto CBC, RDS, NHL Network U.S.

Wednesday, May 8 7 p.m. Boston at Toronto CBC, RDS, NHL Network U.S.

*Friday, May 10 7 p.m. Toronto at Boston CBC, RDS

*Sunday, May 12 TBD Boston at Toronto CBC, RDS

*Monday, May 13 TBD Toronto at Boston CBC, RDS

2013 WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

#1 Chicago vs. #8 Minnesota

Tuesday, April 30 8 p.m. Minnesota at Chicago NBC Sports Network, CBC

Friday, May 3 9:30 p.m. Minnesota at Chicago NBC Sports Network, CBC

Sunday, May 5 3 p.m. Chicago at Minnesota NBC, CBC

Tuesday, May 7 9:30 p.m. Chicago at Minnesota NBC Sports Network, CBC

*Thursday, May 9 TBD Minnesota at Chicago CBC

*Saturday, May 11 TBD Chicago at Minnesota CBC

*Sunday, May 12 TBD Minnesota at Chicago CBC

#2 Anaheim vs. #7 Detroit

Tuesday, April 30 10:30 p.m. Detroit at Anaheim NBC Sports Network, TSN

Thursday, May 2 10 p.m. Detroit at Anaheim NBC Sports Network, TSN

Saturday, May 4 7:30 p.m. Anaheim at Detroit NBC Sports Network, TSN

Monday, May 6 8 p.m. Anaheim at Detroit CNBC, TSN

*Wednesday, May 8 10 p.m. Detroit at Anaheim TSN

*Friday, May 10 TBD Anaheim at Detroit TSN

*Sunday, May 12 TBD Detroit at Anaheim TSN

#3 Vancouver vs. #6 San Jose

Wednesday, May 1 10:30 p.m. San Jose at Vancouver TSN, NBC Sports Network

Friday, May 3 10 p.m. San Jose at Vancouver TSN, CNBC

Sunday, May 5 10 p.m. Vancouver at San Jose NBC Sports Network, TSN

Tuesday, May 7 10 p.m. Vancouver at San Jose CNBC, TSN

*Thursday, May 9 10 p.m. San Jose at Vancouver TSN

*Saturday, May 11 TBD Vancouver at San Jose TSN

*Monday, May 13 TBD San Jose at Vancouver TSN

#4 St. Louis vs. #5 Los Angeles

Tuesday, April 30 8 p.m. Los Angeles at St. Louis CNBC, CBC

Thursday, May 2 9:30 p.m. Los Angeles at St. Louis CNBC, CBC

Saturday, May 4 10 p.m. St. Louis at Los Angeles NBC Sports Network, CBC

Monday, May 6 10 p.m. St. Louis at Los Angeles NBC Sports Network, CBC

*Wednesday, May 8 TBD Los Angeles at St. Louis CBC

*Friday, May 10 TBD St. Louis at Los Angeles CBC

*Monday, May 13 TBD Los Angeles at St. Louis CBC

* if necessary

TBD – To Be Determined

Senators focus on MacArthur’s safety

EDMONTON, AB - NOVEMBER 13: Clarke MacArthur #16 of the Ottawa Senators in action against the Edmonton Oilers during an NHL game at Rexall Place on November 13, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)
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The Ottawa Senators were already trying to take a relatively safe approach with Clarke MacArthur, yet he suffered a concussion thanks to a Patrick Sieloff hit during a scrimmage.

It’s too early to say that MacArthur will be forced to retire after this latest injury. At the moment, the Senators were merely happy to see him at the rink receiving treatment, as Guy Boucher told reporters.

“At this point in time, it’s not about Clarke MacArthur the hockey player. It’s about Clarke MacArthur the person,” Mark Borowiecki said, according to the Ottawa Citizen’s Ken Warren.

It’s a thought echoed by Senators GM Pierre Dorion shortly after the check, noting that they’re most focused on MacArthur as a “human being.”

Many wonder if Sieloff will face repercussions – perhaps even being released – for delivering such a hit during a scrimmage, especially after just being acquired.

So far, it sounds like he isn’t getting much heat, at least beyond the initial reaction of players getting physical with him right after the check. Boucher said “we’re not pointing fingers at the young kid right now,” according to Warren.

Here’s video of that hit, by way of Silver Seven Sens:

Twitter has field day with Oilers’ dead-eyed mascot

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The Edmonton Oilers started a Photoshopping frenzy on Monday by unleashing their bizarre, dead-eyed mascot “Hunter” onto the Internet.

Give the team credit; the road to this mascot was paved with good intentions. Apparently thousands of Edmonton-area students aided in choosing “Hunter,” who is a tribute to the team’s original owner.

Here’s the introductory Tweet itself. Feel free to insert your own screaming noises.

Let’s bypass the Oilers’ more mundane release for a “bio” written in character by the, erm, “Canadian lynx” itself. Here’s a choice bit:

Like my lynx family and friends, I only come out at night to hunt, and on one of those nights I actually came across a bunch of kids playing hockey on an outdoor rink. One look at the game and I was hooked. The speed, the skill, the fun! I began climbing up the banks of the River Valley every night during the winter, catching shinny games with everyone wearing their Edmonton Oilers jerseys, both old and new! It didn’t take me long to become a hard core Oilers fan.

O…K.

Honestly, there are a lot of elements to unpack here. We almost don’t need people to bat this one around on social media, but then again, Hunter inspires references from “Too Many Cooks” to “Thundercats” and more.

Let’s gather some of the best bits.

Futility references

Hey, did you hear that the Oilers struggle to compete? The Internet sure did.

They sure did.

Pop culture references

More than one Thundercats reference.

Warning, if you’ve never watched “Too Many Cooks,” you might not want to go down that rabbit hole. (Either that, or you’ll feel like you REALLY missed out … there’s not a lot of room in between.)

Creepiness

Sensibly enough, most people hit the highest notes about how specifically terrifying that mascot is. Some of these mix in pop culture references too, but still:

All in all, it was quite a good time, right?

/Plans on sleeping with every light on.

Report: Gaborik (foot) to miss eight weeks

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 17: Marian Gaborik #12 of Team Europe celebrates his first period goal against Team USA during the World Cup of Hockey tournament at the Air Canada Centre on September 17, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Update: Yikes, the Los Angeles Kings announced that Marian Gaborik will be sidelined for eight weeks with a foot injury, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Helene Elliott.

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Some bad news for Team Europe and the Los Angeles Kings — Marian Gaborik, who was seen this morning on crutches, is reportedly out of the World Cup of Hockey final and may miss the beginning of the NHL campaign as well.

The news, first reported by Sportsnet, comes after Gaborik played 17:58 in Europe’s shock semifinal win over Sweden, scoring his team’s opening goal.

Gaborik took a puck to the foot during the second period, yet managed to finish the game.

The veteran Slovak had enjoyed a good tournament prior to getting hurt, scoring a pair of goals while getting healthy doses of ice time, including nearly 19 in a win over the Czechs in the group stage.

With Gaborik out, Mikkel Boedker will (presumably) make his tournament debut. Boedker has been a healthy scratch for the Europeans thus far, though it’s possible he could continue to sit if head coach Ralph Krueger elects to dress seven defensemen — Luca Sbisa would get the call — rather than plug in another forward.

As for the ramifications for L.A… well, this could be tough. Gaborik, signed through 2021 at $4.875M per, only scored 12 goals and 22 points in 54 games last season — missing extensive time with a lingering knee injury — and the Kings were hopeful he was in line for a bounce-back campaign, especially given how good he looked at the World Cup.

Sportsnet reports Gaborik is headed back to Los Angeles today.

‘Never say never,’ but Krueger’s commitment is to Southampton, not to making an NHL return

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Ralph Krueger spent one lockout-shortened season in charge of the Edmonton Oilers, before he was unceremoniously fired (via Skype) to make way for the hiring of Dallas Eakins.

But Krueger’s success at the World Cup, leading Team Europe into the best-of-three final against Team Canada, has a lot of people wondering if he might one day make an NHL return.

Krueger’s current full-time job is a big one — he’s chairman of Southampton Football Club in the English Premier League.

Suffice to say, it’s not a job one just leaves for anything.

“I came in here committed completely to Southampton Football Club and the future of that organization in my role,” Krueger said Sunday. “You can never say never, but at the moment I’m very proud to be back in hockey at this level and to be competing. We are just having so much fun in our room, the coaches, the players, the whole group is enjoying it, and I am, too. But my real life is my commitment to Southampton Football Club at the moment.”

Kreuger repeated his “never say never” line today, so it sounds like he’s at least open to the possibility. However, he insisted that he didn’t take the World Cup job with the goal of getting another job in hockey.

Related: Southampton smokes West Ham in London