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2015 NHL Playoffs TV Schedule: 8 Badgers set to battle for the Stanley Cup

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The 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs drop the puck this week, and to no surprise, Wisconsin will play a major role when it's all said and done. This season eight former Badgers will compete, starting with Kyle Turris and the Ottawa Senators taking on Tom Gilbert and the Montreal Canadiens in the early game Wednesday.

The New York Rangers won the Presidents Trophy this season as the team with the most points in the regular season. The reward for Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh? A date with Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round.

Another intriguing first-round series features Ryan Suter and the Minnesota Wild against Brian Elliott and the St. Louis Blues. It appears as if the Blues will Start Jake Allen between the pipes in game one of the series, but you know Elliott will have an effect before the series is over.

Craig Smith and Brendan Smith (no relation), are two of the league's up-and-coming superstars for the Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings, respectively.

As always it should be an awesome month of hockey. There's nothing better in sports than the month where the Stanley Cup Playoffs takes over your life. Can't wait.

2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs TV Schedule

New York Rangers (Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Game Date Location Time National TV
Game 1 Thursday, April 16, 2015 New York 7 p.m. ET NBCSN
Game 2 Saturday, April 18, 2015 New York 8 p.m. ET NBC
Game 3 Monday, April 20, 2015 Pittsburgh 7 p.m. ET NBCSN
Game 4 Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Pittsburgh 7 p.m. ET NBCSN
Game 5 (If necessary) Friday, April 24, 2015 New York TBD TBD
Game 6 (If necessary) Sunday, April 26, 2015 Pittsburgh TBD TBD
Game 7 (If necessary) Tuesday, April 28, 2015 New York TBD TBD
Montreal Canadiens (Tom Gilbert) vs. Ottawa Senators (Kyle Turris)
Game Date Location Time National TV
Game 1 Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Montreal 7 p.m. ET NHL Network
Game 2 Friday, April 17, 2015 Montreal 7 p.m. ET CNBC
Game 3 Sunday, April 19, 2015 Ottawa 7 p.m. ET NBCSN
Game 4 Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Ottawa 7 p.m. ET USA
Game 5 (If necessary) Friday, April 24, 2015 Montreal TBD TBD
Game 6 (If necessary) Sunday, April 26, 2015 Ottawa TBD TBD
Game 7 (If necessary) Tuesday April 28, 2015 Montreal TBD TBD
Detroit Red Wings (Brendan Smith) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Game Date Location Time National TV
Game 1 Thursday, April 16, 2015 Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m. ET CNBC
Game 2 Saturday, April 18, 2015 Tampa Bay 3 p.m. ET NBC
Game 3 Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Detroit 7 p.m. ET NBCSN
Game 4 Thursday, April 23, 2015 Detroit 7 p.m. ET NBCSN
Game 5 (If necessary) Saturday, April 25, 2015 Tampa Bay TBD TBD
Game 6 (If necessary) Monday, April 27, 2015 Detroit TBD TBD
Game 7 (If necessary) Wednesday, April 29, 2015 Tampa Bay TBD TBD
Minnesota Wild (Ryan Suter) vs. St. Louis Blues (Brian Elliott)
Game Date Location Time National TV
Game 1 Thursday, April 16, 2015 St. Louis 9:30 p.m. ET NBCSN
Game 2 Saturday, April 18, 2015 St. Louis 3 p.m. ET NBC
Game 3 Monday, April 20, 2015 Minnesota 8 p.m. ET CNBC
Game 4 Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Minnesota 9:30 p.m. ET NBCSN
Game 5 (If necessary) Friday, April 24, 2015 St. Louis TBD TBD
Game 6 (If necessary) Sunday, April 26, 2015 Minnesota TBD TBD
Game 7 (If necessary) Wednesday, April 29, 2015 St. Louis TBD TBD
Nashville Predators (Craig Smith) vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Game Date Location Time National TV
Game 1 Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Nashville 8:30 p.m. ET NBCSN
Game 2 Friday, April 17, 2015 Nashville 9:30 p.m. ET NBCSN
Game 3 Sunday, April 19, 2015 Chicago 3 p.m. ET NBC
Game 4 Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Chicago 9:30 p.m. ET NBCSN
Game 5 (If necessary) Thursday, April 23, 2015 Nashville TBD TBD
Game 6 (If necessary) Saturday, April 25, 2015 Chicago TBD TBD
Game 7 (If necessary) Monday, April 27, 2015 Nashville TBD TBD

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