The NHL Network revealed the dates and times of the first four games of the Kings-Blues Western Conference Quarterfinals on Sunday night.
Game 1, Los Angeles at St. Louis: Tuesday, April 30, 5:00 pm PT
Game 2, Los Angeles at St. Louis: Thursday, May 2, 6:30 pm PT
Game 3, St. Louis at Los Angeles: Saturday, May 4, 7:00 pm PT
Game 4, St. Louis at Los Angeles: Monday, May 6, 7:00 pm PT
Game 5*, Los Angeles at St. Louis: Wednesday, May 8, TBD
Game 6*, St. Louis at Los Angeles: Friday, May 10, TBD
Game 7*, Los Angeles at St. Louis, Monday, May 13, TBD
Games 1 and 2 will be nationally broadcast on CNBC. Games 3 and 4 will be nationally broadcast on NBC Sports Network. Canadian viewers will be able to watch all first round Kings games on CBC. Regionally, the Kings will announce the FOX Sports West schedule when it is confirmed. On radio, all playoff games will be broadcast by flagship station KTLK 1150 AM.
The aspect of the schedule that immediately sticks out is that Game 2 will begin at 8:30 local time. Because the Kings fly home after the game – assuming their travel schedule remains unchanged – they are likely to arrive in Los Angeles in the wee hours of Friday morning.
The Kings played three 8:00 pm games this season, going 3-0-0:
February 19 @ Edmonton: Kings 3, Oilers 1
February 20 @ Calgary: Kings 3, Flames 1
April 13 vs Anaheim: Kings 2, Ducks 1.
Pay no attention to the irrelevant scores above; all statistics and records have reset to 0-0.
UPDATE: Would Sunday, May 5 be a good day for an Insider meet-up? There are four games on Sunday: Penguins at Islanders, 9 am (no), Blackhawks at Wild, 12 pm (maybe), Canadiens at Senators, 4 pm (great time, but are we going to get together for a Habs-Sens game?), and Canucks at Sharks, 7 pm (best matchup, but a touch late). I’ve been working with the Kings to pinpoint a good spot for an Insider event and have several places in mind; let’s keep this discussion going.