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Canadiens vs. Rangers 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule for Round 1

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The series will begin on Wednesday at the Bell Centre.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at New York Rangers Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers knew they would be meeting in the first round some time ago, with the Canadiens getting home-ice advantage by virtue of the Atlantic Division title.

With the 30 teams all seeing their regular-season campaigns at an end, the NHL has released the schedule for the opening series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Habs will kick things off at the Bell Centre on Wednesday night for the first post-season game in Montreal in two years. After two games, the series will shift to Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

Canadiens (A1) - Rangers (WC1) series schedule

Game Date Time (EDT) Home Team Away Team Venue
Game Date Time (EDT) Home Team Away Team Venue
1 Wed, April 12 7:00 Canadiens Rangers Bell Centre
2 Fri, April 14 7:00 Canadiens Rangers Bell Centre
3 Sun, April 16 7:00 Rangers Canadiens Madison Square Garden
4 Tues, April 18 7:00 Rangers Canadiens Madison Square Garden
5* Thu, April 20 TBD Canadiens Rangers Bell Centre
6* Sat, April 22 TBD Rangers Canadiens Madison Square Garden
7* Mon, April 24 TBD Canadiens Rangers Bell Centre
*If necessary

At the same time, the other three Eastern series schedules were released.

Capitals (M1) - Maple Leafs (WC2) series schedule

Game Date Time (EDT) Home Team Away Team Venue
Game Date Time (EDT) Home Team Away Team Venue
1 Thu, April 13 7:00 Capitals Maple Leafs Verizon Center
2 Sat, April 15 7:00 Capitals Maple Leafs Verizon Center
3 Mon, April 17 7:00 Maple Leafs Capitals Air Canada Centre
4 Wed, April 19 7:00 Maple Leafs Capitals Air Canada Centre
5* Fri, April 21 TBD Capitals Maple Leafs Verizon Center
6* Sun, April 23 TBD Maple Leafs Capitals Air Canada Centre
7* Tue, April 25 TBD Capitals Maple Leafs Verizon Center
* If necessary

Senators (A2) - Bruins (A3) series schedule

Game Date Time (EDT) Home Team Away Team Venue
Game Date Time (EDT) Home Team Away Team Venue
1 Wed, April 12 7:00 Senators Bruins Canadian Tire Centre
2 Sat, April 15 3:00 Senators Bruins Canadian Tire Centre
3 Mon, April 17 7:00 Bruins Senators TD Garden
4 Wed, April 19 7:30 Bruins Senators TD Garden
5* Fri, April 21 TBD Senators Bruins Canadian Tire Centre
6* Sun, April 23 TBD Bruins Senators TD Garden
7* Wed, April 26 TBD Senators Bruins Canadian Tire Centre
* If necessary

Penguins (M2) - Blue Jackets (M3) series schedule

Game Date Time (EDT) Home Team Away Team Venue
Game Date Time (EDT) Home Team Away Team Venue
1 Wed, April 12 7:30 Penguins Blue Jackets PPG Paints Arena
2 Fri, April 14 7:00 Penguins Blue Jackets PPG Paints Arena
3 Sun, April 16 6:00 Blue Jackets Penguins Nationwide Arena
4 Tue, April 18 7:30 Blue Jackets Penguins Nationwide Arena
5* Thu, April 20 TBD Penguins Blue Jackets PPG Paints Arena
6* Sun, April 23 TBD Blue Jackets Penguins Nationwide Arena
7* Tue, April 25 TBD Penguins Blue Jackets PPG Paints Arena
* If necessary