The Conference Semifinal round of the 2012 NHL playoffs is finally here, and while we’ve known the Western Conference matchups for what seems like forever, the Eastern Conference matchups are now set as well.
The New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers advanced on Thursday night by winning decisive Game 7s. The top-ranked Rangers host the No. 7-seeded Washington Capitals in the first round, and that series will begin on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET.
The Devils travel south to take on the Philadelphia Flyers in the other Eastern Conference Semifinal. That series kicks off with Game 1 on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET.
The Western Conference Semifinals kick off on Friday night when the Nashville Predators travel to face the Phoenix Coyotes at 9 p.m. ET. The St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings kick off their series on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET from St. Louis.