Game 2 will be Sunday afternoon on NBC. If the Penguins hold firm to the same schedule as last series, they may be flying back to Pittsburgh tomorrow night in between Games 1 and 2 to spend more time at home and be able to practice at their own facility on Friday + Saturday before heading back to DC.
Getting the only 2 day break so early in the series might be a blessing in disguise for the Pens since forwards Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin are both day-to-day and out for Game 1 on Thursday. Not having a Game 2 until Sunday buys them an extra day to heal up. Will it be enough? That remains to be seen.
Also, watch that TBD Game 5 start time like a hawk. The Kentucky Derby is that day and there is usually a 7/7:30 hockey start time after the horsies on NBC, and one would have to think this game a prime contender to be put in that spot. If so, only Game 2 would be a matinee start.
Finally we have a schedule, and now there’s not much more time to wait until Round 2 gets under way.