A bit of an oddity tonight in the Stanley Cup Playoffs: unusually for the first round, no game is scheduled for the 7:00 hour. That slot would have belonged to the Canadiens and Lightning, but with that series over you get an extra hour of talking heads instead before the night's business gets going.
The Bruins and Red Wings lead off the night in Game 4 of their series (8:00, NBCSN, TSN) with the Bruins leading 2-1 after a dominating 3-0 shutout on Tuesday. Tuukka Rask has let in just two goals on 82 shots in the series, and the B's win on Tuesday pulled home-ice advantage back to them.
That's your only game to choose from until 9:30, when the Avalanche and Wild get back to work after two days off on CNBC and TSN2. Mikael Granlund scored a highlight-reel goal to give the Wild a 1-0 overtime win Monday, but that's the secondary headline to Matt Cooke's antics which saw him catch Tyson Barrie with a knee-on-knee hit. Cooke was suspended on Wednesday for 7 games and will be out for the rest of the series.
At 10:30, the Kings are on the brink of elimination, although they gave the Sharks a bit more of a game on Tuesday night than they had done in the first two games of the series. Nonetheless, the Sharks are up 3-0 after Patrick Marleau's overtime goal in Game 3, and they can send the Kings packing with a win tonight on NBCSN and CBC.
U.S. announcer schedules:
- Bruins/Red Wings: Mike Emrick, Pierre McGuire
- Avalanche/Wild: John Forslund, Tripp Tracy
- Sharks/Kings: Randy Hahn, Drew Remenda (CSN-CA simulcast)