The Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins face off in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday night, and they could have a unique advantage over the rest of the teams in the Eastern Conference.
Columbus and Pittsburgh are the closest teams by location that have been matched up in the first round, so they will not have the vigorous travel schedule like some of their competitors to get the postseason rolling.
Whether or not that will play into their advantage and keep them fresh later down the road remains to be seen, but it will be something interesting to keep an eye on.
How can you tune in to tonight’s opening game of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs? Here is all the information you will need to catch all of the action between the Penguins and Blue Jackets:
Date: Wednesday, April 16
Start Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Venue: CONSOL Energy Center
TV Info: NBCSN
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Series Record: Tied, 0-0
|Schedule ||TIME (ET)|| vs. ||NETWORKS|
|Wednesday, April 16||7:30 p.m.||Columbus at Pittsburgh||NBCSN, CBC|
|Saturday, April 19||7 p.m.||Columbus at Pittsburgh||NBCSN, CBC|
|Monday, April 21||7 p.m.||Pittsburgh at Columbus||NBCSN, CBC|
|Wednesday, April 23||7 p.m.||Pittsburgh at Columbus||NBCSN, CBC|
|*Saturday, April 26||TBD||Columbus at Pittsburgh||CBC|
|*Monday, April 28||TBD||Pittsburgh at Columbus||CBC|
|*Wednesday, April 30||TBD||Columbus at Pittsburgh||CBC|
Who do you think will start off their Stanley Cup run with a big win on Wednesday night? Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts and predictions.