New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
|1||Fri, May 2||7 p.m.||NY Rangers at Pittsburgh||NBCSN, CBC, RDS|
|2||Sun, May 4||7:30 p.m.||NY Rangers at Pittsburgh||NBCSN, CBC, RDS|
|3||Mon, May 5||7:30 p.m.||Pittsburgh at NY Rangers||NBCSN, CBC, RDS|
|4||Wed, May 7||7:30 p.m.||Pittsburgh at NY Rangers||NBCSN, CBC, RDS|
|5*||Fri, May 9||TBD||NY Rangers at Pittsburgh||CBC|
|6*||Sun, May 11||TBD||Pittsburgh at NY Rangers||CBC|
|7*||Tue, May 13||TBD||NY Rangers at Pittsburgh||CBC|
Pittsburgh clinching in six games has given them a great advantage, especially since a scheduling conflict has made Games 2 and 3 of this round be on back-to-back days (and with travel involved too).
By virtue of having to play all seven games in the first round, the Rangers are going to play seven playoff games in the 11 day stretch that started on Friday 4/25 and goes until Monday 5/5.
This round's schedule is definitely condensed, in the first round both the Pens and Rangers had two separate two day breaks in between games. Neither side will have that luxury in this round, which jams in the seven games (if all are necessary) in just 12 days time.
The Pens best benefit might be the three days of rest in between the rounds. It's allowed Brandon Sutter to come back to practice and give the whole team a little more time to maintain their bumps and bruises. The Rangers won't have that time, but they still will be focused and could even use this tough stretch as a rallying cry to bond together and fight on.
Either way, the Penguins haven't taken a 2 games to 0 series lead with Marc-Andre Fleury in net for the past seven playoff series, including against Columbus this year. Six of the series have had the first two games at home, too. It might be too much to ask for, but given this schedule, the table is definitely set for the Pens to be able to take an early and commanding lead.