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Playoff Poll: San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings [Thursday Playoff Watch Thread]

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There is hockey, some more hockey, and then yet more hockey. Bring it.

"I'll Wingel my way behind Quick while you push him, got it?"
"I'll Wingel my way behind Quick while you push him, got it?"
Stephen Dunn

Are you stocked in beer and junk food? Got your remote thumb ready? You better. Four series kick off tonight.

This posts doubles as our Thursday night playoff-watching thread, as well as our poll for the Sharks-Kings series.

The Sharks and Kings are Pacific powers. This should be a fantastic series and emotional rematch of last year's fantastic seven-game series. The Sharks are getting Tomas Hertl back, but the offense-challenged Kings have added Marian Gaborik, who produced 5-11-16 in 19 games since joining the Kings at the deadline.

As a bonus for the die-hards, it's an all-California series, so this one should provide riveting late-night and inebriated viewing throughout the next two weeks.

Anyway, vote in the poll at the bottom of this post, fill out our playoff bracket pool if you like, and here are previously posted series-by-series polls in the playoff stream:

Kings-Sharks Schedule, TV
Game Date Time (ET) Western Conference First Round National TV
1 Thu, Apr 17 10:30 p.m. Los Angeles at San Jose NBCSN, CBC
2 Sun, Apr 20 10 p.m. Los Angeles at San Jose NBCSN, CBC
3 Tue, Apr 22 10 p.m. San Jose at Los Angeles NBCSN, CBC
4 Thu, Apr 24 10:30 p.m. San Jose at Los Angeles NBCSN, CBC
5* Sat, Apr 26 TBD Los Angeles at San Jose NBCSN, CBC
6* Mon, Apr 28 TBD San Jose at Los Angeles CBC
7* Wed, Apr 30 TBD Los Angeles at San Jose CBC

Anyway, we post this on Thursday. Here are evening's details, via LHH's overlords:

Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers

Game 1, Eastern Conference First Round | Series tied 0-0
7 p.m. ET | [the world's most self-congratulatory arena] | Manhattan, N.Y.

Local TV: CSN Philadelphia | MSG (NY)
National TV: CNBC (US) | TSN, RDS (Canada)
Live online stream at NBCSports.com (US) and TSN.ca (Canada)
More: Series preview | Flyers blog | Rangers blog

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Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues

Game 1, Western Conference First Round | Series tied 0-0
8 p.m. ET | [Kiel] Center | St. Louis, Mo.

Local TV: CSN Chicago | FS Midwest (STL)
National TV: NBCSN (US) | CBC, RDS2 (Canada)
Live online stream at NBCSports.com (USA) and CBC.ca (Canada)
More: Blackhawks blog | Blues blog

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Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche

Game 1, Western Conference First Round | Series tied 0-0
9:30 p.m. ET | ["won't you gentlemen have a Spies Like Us?"] Center | Denver, Colo.

Local TV: Altitude (COL) | FS North (MIN)
National TV: CNBC (US) | TSN, RDS (Canada)
Live online stream at NBCSports.com (USA) and TSN.ca (Canada)
More: Series preview | Wild blog | Avalanche blog

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Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks

Game 1, Western Conference First Round | Series tied 0-0
10:30 p.m. ET | [to tap of all energy] Center | San Jose, Calif.

Local TV: CSN California (SJ) | FS West (LA)
National TV: NBCSN (US) | CBC, RDS2 (Canada)
Live online stream at NBCSports.com (USA) and CBC.ca (Canada)
More: Series preview | Kings blog | Sharks blog

SB Nation 2014 NHL Playoff Bracket