The NHL released the first round schedule last night and the Wings will begin play on Wednesday.
Wednesday, April 14 at Phoenix, 10:00 p.m. TSN, VERSUS
Friday, April 16 at Phoenix, 10:00 p.m. TSN, VERSUS
Sunday, April 18 at Detroit, 3:00 p.m. NBC, TSN
Tuesday, April 20 at Detroit, 6:30 p.m. TSN
*Friday, April 23 at Phoenix, 10:00 p.m. TSN, VERSUS
*Sunday, April 25 at Detroit, 2:00 p.m. NBC, TSN
*Tuesday, April 27 at Phoenix, TBD TSN
Two things stick out to me on this. First one is game four in Detroit. Ha, 6:30 p.m. start in Detroit which means a 3:30 p.m. start for those watching from the desert. Second is the TBD game time for game 7. Really? How do you not have that figured out yet?
That's a lot of travel for both teams: 2,000 miles or so from a Friday to Sunday game on two separate occasions. By comparison, the furthest any East coast team has to travel (I think) is 597 miles from Washington to Montreal.