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2012 NHL Playoffs Schedule: Rangers Face Senators And The Rest Of The Eastern Conference Match-Ups

The 2012 NHL regular season concluded on Saturday, and the results finalized the first-round pairings and schedule for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In the Eastern Conference, the New York Rangers earned the top seed and will face the No. 8-seeded Ottawa Senators beginning on Thursday.

Over the course of the regular season, the Rangers went 1-3 against the Senators. Ottawa will feature goaltender Craig Anderson (2.84 goals against average and .914-save percentage) and top scorer Jason Spezza (34 goals, 50 assists, 84 points).

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If New York is able to down Ottawa, it will move on to play the lowest remaining seed in the next round, while if the Senators earn a series victory, they will play the highest remaining seed.

Here's all at the schedule and TV coverage for this anticipated series:

Thursday, April 12 7 p.m. Ottawa at Rangers NHL Network, CBC
Saturday, April 14 7 p.m. Ottawa at Rangers NBC Sports Network, CBC
Monday, April 16 7:30 p.m. Rangers at Ottawa CBC, CNBC
Wednesday, April 18 7:30 p.m. Rangers at Ottawa CBC, CNBC
*Saturday, April 21 7 p.m. Ottawa at Rangers NBC Sports Network, CBC
*Monday, April 23 TBD Rangers at Ottawa TBD
*Thursday, April 26 TBD Ottawa at Rangers TBD

Here's how the rest of the Eastern Conference shapes out.

No. 2 Boston Bruins vs. No. 7 Washington Capitals: The Caps won the season-series 3-1.
No. 3 Florida Panthers vs. No. 6 New Jersey Devils: The regular-season series was split 2-2.
No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Philadelphia Flyers: This inter-state rivalry featured Flyers winning the season series 4-2

Here's what the Western Conference looks like:

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