After the New York Rangers and New York Islanders both tried to lose their way out of playing the Pittsburgh Penguins this weekend, unfortunately for the Rangers they ended up getting the short end of the stick. Here's the first round schedule for the Pens and Rangers:
Date TIME (ET) #2 Pittsburgh vs. #3 NY Rangers Networks
Wednesday, April 13 8 p.m. NY Rangers at Pittsburgh USA, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Saturday, April 16 3 p.m. NY Rangers at Pittsburgh NBC, CBC, TVA Sports
Tuesday, April 19 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at NY Rangers USA, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Thursday, April 21 TBD Pittsburgh at NY Rangers Sportsnet, TVA Sports
*Saturday, April 23 TBD NY Rangers at Pittsburgh TBD
*Monday, April 25 TBD Pittsburgh at NY Rangers TBD
*Wednesday, April 27 TBD NY Rangers at Pittsburgh TBD
Good news if you're Evgeni Malkin ...Or Marc-Andre Fleury .. (Or Ryan McDonagh). Only 2 games in the first six days, a very slow start to the series, which should mean that if this goes deep into the games it could be a very different looking series at the end then it does right now at the beginning.
Also, if you're keeping track at home like we are, the initial 6-8 week prognosis for Malkin puts the front-end of his return at April 22nd. We'll see if or when he can return but it certainly sounds conceivable that we'll see #71 at some point in this series, should his recovery be on the optimistic side of things.