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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule: Rod Brind'Amour leads Hurricanes into matchup with Capitals

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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule: Rod Brind'Amour leads Hurricanes into matchup with Capitals

Just one season into his NHL head coaching career and Rod Brind'Amour is ready to make his playoff debut.

The matchup isn't so welcoming.

The former Flyer leads the Hurricanes into the nation's capital for a first-round matchup with the defending champs.

The Hurricanes and Capitals open their series Thursday night along with two other games.

Below is the full schedule for Day 2 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. You can watch the entire playoffs on the networks of NBC. 

Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins
Game 1, Eastern Conference first round
7 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSN | Live stream here

Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals
Game 1, Eastern Conference first round
7:30 p.m. ET | TV: USA | Live stream here

Colorado Avalanche at Calgary Flames 
Game 1, Western Conference first round
10 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSN | Live stream here

2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule: Capitals, Stars look to eliminate Hurricanes, Predators

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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule: Capitals, Stars look to eliminate Hurricanes, Predators

The Capitals and Stars can deliver knockout punches Monday night in the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

With a 3-2 series lead, Washington visits the Hurricanes, while Dallas has a shot to clinch its series on home ice over the Predators.

Below is the full schedule for Day 13 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. You can watch the entire playoffs on the networks of NBC. 

Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes (WSH 3-2)
Game 6, Eastern Conference first round
7 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSN | Live stream here

Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars (DAL 3-2)
Game 6, Western Conference first round
8:30 p.m. ET | TV: CNBC | Live stream here

What's next for Scott Gordon? Watching Stanley Cup Playoffs

What's next for Scott Gordon? Watching Stanley Cup Playoffs

Chuck Fletcher wanted to give Scott Gordon some time to think about his future.

The general manager said Gordon was understandably disappointed Monday morning when he was told he didn't earn the Flyers' full-time head coaching position.

What might Gordon be doing in the meantime?

Good chance he's checking in on the NHL playoffs.

Two weeks ago, Gordon was in limbo with the Flyers — a part of meetings moving forward and considered a strong candidate for the head coaching job, but with nothing guaranteed.

He was asked if such a dynamic was awkward at all.

"At the end of every year, it doesn't matter where you are or what your contract is, there's always a chance you're not going to be back," Gordon said. "I go into the summer or the end of the season, I obviously reflect on the past season, what I'd like to do different [or keep] the same."

In doing so, Gordon likes to study the postseason. A big advocate of dissecting game film, Gordon does the same with the Stanley Cup Final.

"I generally try to watch the playoffs as a fan and then in the finals, I'll watch it as a fan but then I will get those on a computer and break down, in August, some of the things … when the playoffs go through, just identify some things that I like that teams did," Gordon said. "Pay particular attention to the finals in August, as far as what I might consider doing differently, pull footage and present to my team maybe a different way of going about business."

Which team Gordon is working for in 2019-20 is unknown. He impressed Fletcher as the Flyers' interim head coach. The club was in the basement of the 31-team NHL standings more than halfway through the regular season. By March 11, the Flyers were within three points of a playoff spot following an 18-4-2 spree under Gordon.

Fletcher said he would likely touch base with Gordon again after Easter weekend. He will welcome him back to the organization with open arms. Fletcher said Gordon's previous job as head coach of AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley was his if the 56-year-old wanted it.

However, Gordon said after the Flyers' regular-season finale that his time with the 2018-19 club changed his perspective on coaching in the NHL again, a much-needed spark following a not-so-memorable two-plus seasons as head coach of the Islanders from 2008-10.

"My experience in Long Island wasn't a great one," Gordon said April 6. "So much so that I didn't really think too much about coaching in the NHL. If it happened, great, but I wasn't losing any sleep over it. As I told the players after the game tonight, coming in here and dealing with the character of the players — not just as players but as people — reinvigorated that desire to coach in the NHL. With that being said, I'll do what job is asked of me and I won't think twice about it."

Gordon won't have any issues finding a job. He'll be watching the Stanley Cup Final, ready to coach.

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