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2012 NHL Playoffs: April 17th Open Thread

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<em>Pekka Rinne casually stretches during another 40+ save performance.</em>
Pekka Rinne casually stretches during another 40+ save performance.

Some pivotal games on the docket around the League tonight.

Both Florida and Phoenix will attempt to wrestle back home-ice advantage on the road against New Jersey and Chicago respectively. Detroit will try to hold off a Nashville team that, despite getting outshot 43-22 in game three, rode physical freak Pekka Rinne to a victory. They have a chance to take a commanding 3-1 series lead tonight against a team that many pegged as a Stanley Cup contender at the outset of the postseason.

Can Detroit avoid joining the likes of Vancouver and Pittsburgh as teams who are one loss away from having their season ended in the first round? Can Chicago continue to deliver in the dying seconds of the third period against a Phoenix team that may be playing without star goaltender Mike Smith? And can you, oh dedicated playoff fan, avoid taking a nap during a Florida-New Jersey game that probably ranks below American Idol in terms of viewing desirability?

Those questions all get answered tonight:

NHL Playoffs Schedule for April 17, 2012

Away Home series Time (PST)
Television
Florida New Jersey
Tied 1-1
4:00 PM NHL Network, TSN
Nashville Detroit NSH 2-1
4:30 PM NBC Sports Network, CBC
Phoenix Chicago Tied 1-1 6:00 PM CNBC, TSN

Enjoy the action.