By Mark Purdy, NFL.com/sports WriterThe National Hockey League Network (NHLN) has announced the game that will be broadcast for Thursday nights at 7 p.m.
The first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Final will be on the NHL Network for the first time in its 103-year history, which means the NHL is getting its first chance to televise its first two playoff games.
The teams that advance from the first round in each round will play each other for the second and final playoff spot.
The NHL has yet to announce the lineups for each of the teams in each of these rounds, but we know the teams that finish in first and second place will play a pair of games that will determine who advances to the second round.
The Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens are scheduled to play Thursday night.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are the only other team that has yet come close to making the playoffs.
The Penguins are on a 10-game winning streak, but have lost two straight and are still in third place in the Atlantic Division.
The New York Rangers are on the outside looking in, but they are on pace for a 12-game win streak and have only dropped two games.
Here’s a look at what to expect for the game on Thursday night:It’s going to be a fast paced game between two teams that have the best record in the League at 14-6-2.
This will be the first NHL playoff game since 2010 when the New York Islanders defeated the Montreal Canadiens in the first game of the conference finals in New York City.
Both teams have been on a nine-game scoring streak.
The Islanders are tied for the best road record in League history at 22-3-2 on the road.
The Canadiens are in first place in both of those categories and are on their best five-game skid since Jan. 9.
Both teams are coming off of big wins.
The Flyers beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 in overtime in the season opener last season and the Penguins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 to win the Presidents Trophy.
The Rangers beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 on Sunday.
The Maple Leafs and Senators both won 4-1 on Thursday.
Here is the line-up that will face off Thursday night in the NHL Playoffs:The Pittsburgh Steelers will be coming off a 6-3 win against the Washington Capitals in Pittsburgh.
The two teams are both tied for third in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Ottawa Senators are coming into this series with two losses and are in a playoff spot in the East.
They are tied with the Buffalo Sabres for the third seed in the division, and have won six of their past seven games.
The Senators are on three of their eight losing streaks this season and are tied at 13-8-4 in the last 10.
The Montreal Canadiens have not lost a playoff game in six years and are looking to bounce back after a four-game losing streak.
They defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-1 in overtime last year, but the game was a bit of a close call.
The Ottawa Senators have lost five of their last six games.
This is their first playoff game this season.
Here are the lines that will play Thursday in the Stanley Hockey League playoffs:The Ottawa Redblacks will be playing the Montreal Canadians in the second of a two-game series.
The Redblows are looking for their first win of the season, and their first since a 3-3 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins on March 22, 2018.
The Montreal Canadiens lost to the Calgary Flames 3-4 on Wednesday.
Here we go.
The NHL will televise the first two games of the third round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at 7:30 p.s.m ET.