The National Hockey League released schedules for all eight first-round playoff series on Sunday night, including the Rangers-Atlanta series, which begins on Thursday night at Atlanta's Philips Arena.
The Blueshirts best-of-7 series with the Thrashers will include at least one back-to-back set at Madison Square Garden for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday, April 17, and Wednesday, April 18.
The opening two games in Atlanta will take place on Thursday night and Saturday afternoon. The Saturday game will be televised nationally on NBC. A Game 6, if necessary, would also air on NBC on Sunday, April 22, and a seventh game would air Monday, April 23, on both MSG and Versus.
All other games, including the series opener on Thursday, will air locally on MSG and in Canada on TSN.
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The Rangers went 1-1-2 in their four regular-season games against Atlanta, including a 1-0-1 record at Philips Arena. The Blueshirts beat the Thrashers there 5-2 on Nov. 10 and fell 2-1 in overtime on March 16.
Two other playoff series involving Eastern Conference teams also begin on Thursday night. They are No.1 Buffalo against the eighth-seeded Islanders and No. 2 New Jersey vs. No. 7 Tampa Bay. The other Eastern Conference series, pitting No. 4 Ottawa vs. No. 5 Pittsburgh opens Wednesday night in Ottawa.
Three of the four Western Conference series also begin on Wednesday night.
Series Schedule Game 1 -- April 12 Rangers at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Game 2 -- April 14 Rangers at Atlanta, 3 p.m. Game 3 -- April 17 Rangers vs. Atlanta at MSG, 7 p.m. Game 4 -- April 18 Rangers vs. Atlanta at MSG, 7 p.m. Game 5* -- April 20 Rangers at Atlanta, TBD Game 6* -- April 22 Rangers vs. Atlanta at MSG, 1 p.m. Game 7* -- April 23 Rangers at Atlanta, 7 p.m. * -- if necessary