After overcoming a number of injuries down the stretch, the Pittsburgh Penguins remain one of the favorites in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and they will look to get their run started on Wednesday night when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets in the opening round.
Pittsburgh was able to sweep the regular season series between the two teams, but Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma is not letting that get in his team’s head.
“They were good hockey games,” Bylsma said, via ESPN.com. “I don’t think you can say `Hey we won five’ and that’s going to have some large bearing on this series.”
Penguins star Evgeni Malkin returned to practice with the first team on Tuesday, so if he is able to return to the ice during this series they should be able to have a huge edge in the opening series of the playoffs.
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.