New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The NHL's conference semifinal round will open Thursday with a pair of games.

The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals will start their Eastern Conference semifinal set on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, while the Western Conference matchup between the Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames will also open later that night at the Honda Center.

On Friday, the Montreal Canadiens will host either the Detroit Red Wings or Tampa Bay Lightning to start the other Eastern Conference semifinal. The Red Wings and Lightning will meet in Tampa on Wednesday in Game 7 of that opening round series.

Minnesota and Chicago will open their Western Conference series on Friday at the United Center.