Thursday afternoon, the NHL released the schedule of set games for the Bruins first round series against the Washington Capitals. The series will start on Saturday – as the league announced earlier this week – then play every other day.
Not having back-to-backs should be advantageous for the Bruins, who have a number of players working their way back from injuries. The most notable is Tuukka Rask, who is dealing with a bad back. Our own Ty Anderson discussed how the schedule could impact Rask in the playoffs Wednesday on Felger & Mazz.
The first four games of the series are all night games. Saturday’s game in Washington is set to start at 7:15 p.m., followed by a 7:30 p.m. start on Monday. When the series shifts back to Boston, the games will begin a little earlier – the start times for Games 3 and 4 are 6:30 p.m. on next Wednesday and Friday respectively.
Assuming neither team sweeps, Game 5 is set for Sunday, May 23 with the time still to be announced. Games 6 and 7 are tentatively scheduled for the following Tuesday and Thursday, and also haven’t yet been given start times.
In full, the schedule looks like this…
- Game 1: Saturday May 15, 7:15 p.m.
- Game 2: Monday May 17, 7:30 p.m.
- Game 3: Wednesday May 19, 6:30 p.m.
- Game 4: Friday May 21, 6:30 p.m.
- Game 5: Sunday May 23, TBD
- Game 6: Tuesday, May 25, TBD
- Game 7: Thursday, May 27, TBD
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