The National Hockey League today announced the dates, times and national broadcast information for the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Quarterfinal round, which begins Wednesday, April 11.
That night, League scoring champion Sidney Crosby makes his NHL postseason debut when the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Ottawa Senators; the Anaheim Ducks host the Minnesota Wild; the Vancouver Canucks host the Dallas Stars and the San Jose Sharks visit the Nashville Predators.
The other series open Thursday, when the Presidents' Trophy-winning Buffalo Sabres host the New York Islanders; the New Jersey Devils host the Tampa Bay Lightning; the Atlanta Thrashers play the first postseason game in franchise history when they host the New York Rangers and the Detroit Red Wings host the Calgary Flames.
National network television coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be provided in the United States by NBC and VERSUS and in Canada on CBC, TSN and RDS. All Sabres games in the opening round will be televised on MSG.
VERSUS begins its coverage Wednesday with a doubleheader featuring Pittsburgh at Ottawa (7 p.m., ET) followed by Dallas at Vancouver (10 p.m.,ET). The network anticipates airing up to 52 playoff games, as well as Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
NBC Sports will start its playoff coverage on Saturday, (3 p.m., ET) with regional action, featuring Pittsburgh at Ottawa and New York Rangers at Atlanta, and will continue weekend afternoon coverage throughout the first three rounds of the playoffs as well as Games 3-7 of the Stanley Cup Final in prime time.
SABRES FIRST-ROUND SCHEDULE VERSUS NY ISLANDERS GAME -- DATE --- LOCATION -- TIME 1 -- Thursday, April 12 -- Buffalo -- 8:00 pm 2 -- Saturday, April 14 -- Buffalo -- 7:30 pm 3 -- Monday, April 16 -- New York -- 7:30 pm 4 -- Wednesday, April 18 -- New York -- 7:30 pm 5* -- Friday, April 20 -- Buffalo -- 7:00 pm 6* -- Sunday, April 22 -- New York -- 7:00 pm 7* -- Tuesday, April 24 -- Buffalo -- TBD * If necessary