[EDIT: Mike Gillis told Team 1040 radio this afternoon that Game 1 against the Chicago Blackhawks will take place Saturday, with Game 2 scheduled for Monday.
Game one's HNIC on Saturday is scheduled for a 5PM PST start as per CBC.]
I realize we may have posted the Canucks vs. Blackhawks second round schedule posted a bit prematurely. As it turns out, the league is still in talks to finalize the schedule:
The unexpected survival of the Montreal Canadiens, who have forced the Washington Capitals to a Game 7 on Wednesday, has the CBC and the National Hockey League waffling on initial plans to start the Canucks and Blackhawks on Friday.
“I gave you some bad information yesterday about the series starting Friday,” Canucks coach Alain Vigneault told reporters this morning. “We’re not quite sure anymore, so the league will let us know here in the next little while. I think it’s Friday or Saturday. Or Thursday.”
It won’t be Thursday. The Chicago Bulls, on the verge of elimination in the NBA playoffs, have the United Center booked that night. And the Canucks can’t start a series a four-hour flight away on one day’s notice.
It’s possible the Canucks and Blackhawks will play back to back, Saturday and Sunday, to satisfy American television.
We’ll keep you posted, of course, and update this page with the correct schedule as soon as it becomes official.