The NHL released its schedules for the second playoff round on Tuesday — two schedules, to be precise.
The first is contingent upon Tampa Bay winning Wednesday’s Game 7 against Detroit and advancing to face Montreal in Round 2. The second, obviously, is contingent upon Detroit winning and moving on to face the Habs.
As for some of the potential scheduling quirks:
• We could see our first back-to-back scenario of the playoffs if the Bolts advance. Games 3 and 4 of the Tampa Bay-Montreal series would be played on May 6/7, with both games being played at Amalie Arena.
• Regardless of who wins, there’ll be a sizable gap between Games 1 and 2 of the Calgary-Anaheim series. The opener will go on Thursday, Apr. 30 and the second game will be played on Sunday, May 3 — both at the Honda Center. (If Detroit wins, Game 3 would come after another two-day break, as the Flames and Ducks would play in Calgary on Wednesday, May 6. If Tampa Bay wins, Game 3 goes on Tuesday the 5th.)