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NHL Playoffs 2015: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers schedule

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The NHL has released the dates and times for the first round series between the Penguins and New York Rangers.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are playoff bound! Here's the schedule for their first round series against the New York Rangers.

Date        TIME (ET)        #1 NY Rangers vs. #4 Pittsburgh        Networks
Thursday, April 16        7 p.m.                Pittsburgh at NY Rangers        NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
Saturday, April 18        8 p.m.                Pittsburgh at NY Rangers        NBC, CBC, TVA Sports
Monday, April 20        7 p.m.                NY Rangers at Pittsburgh        NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
Wednesday, April 22        7 p.m.                NY Rangers at Pittsburgh        NBCSN, SN 360, TVA Sports
*Friday, April 24 TBD                Pittsburgh at NY Rangers        TBD
*Sunday, April 26 TBD                NY Rangers at Pittsburgh        TBD
*Tuesday, April 28 TBD                Pittsburgh at NY Rangers        TBD

Pretty standard NHL playoff schedule with games every-other-day. No extended breaks, and no rushed back-to-back games. All games in the states will be available on NBCSN. Interesting that no games yet are NBC games for afternoon games, but that game 6 has got to be a candidate for it, should the series last that long.

Also, might be a minor benefit, but the series starts on Thursday and not Wednesday, the first night of the NHL playoffs. That will give the Penguins a little more time to potentially get healthy. And, naturally, the Rangers will have the same benefit.