The Detroit Red Wings will begin their 2009 Stanley Cup Playoff run on Thursday, April 16, the team announced Sunday. They will host the Columbus Blue Jackets in a best-of-seven Western Conference Quarterfinal matchup.
The Blue Jackets finished the season as the conference's seventh seed, a position not finalized until the St. Louis Blues defeated the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.
The second-seeded Red Wings were 3-2-1 against Columbus this season.
The schedule for the series is as follows:
Game 1 - April 16 - @ Detroit - 7:00 PM
Game 2 - April 18 - @ Detroit - 6:00 PM
Game 3 - April 21 - @ Columbus - 7:00 PM
Game 4 - April 23 - @ Columbus - 7:00 PM
Game 5 - April 25 - @ Detroit - 7:00 PM
Game 6 - April 27 - @ Columbus - TBD
Game 7 - April 29 - @ Detroit - TBD