The Slate

The Best Sports in 7 Days

This month begins the quest for Lord Stanley's Cup and the Larry O'Brien Trophy as the NHL and NBA reach the playoffs. The NHL Playoffs might be the best sporting event you're not watching.

Thursday, April 17

Documentary (7-9 p.m., ESPN): The award-winning "30 for 30" series presents "Bad Boys," a look at the 1980s-1990s Detroit Pistons, featuring Dennis Rodman, Isiah Thomas and Bill Laimbeer.

Friday, April 18

NHL (6:30-11:30 p.m., NBCSN): A NHL Playoff double header sees the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings play game one of their series followed by game two between the Dallas Stars and the Anaheim Ducks.

Saturday, April 19

NBA (4:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., ESPN): The matchups were not set as of press time, but the NBA Playoffs begin with triple header.

Sunday, April 20

MLB (6-9 p.m., ESPN): The Boston Red Sox host the Baltimore Orioles in a battle of American League East teams at the bottom of the division.

Monday, April 21

Marathon (7:30-noon, USN), Watch the 2014 Boston Marathon on the Universal Sports Network online as the race comes back from tragedy last year.

Tuesday, April 22

Documentary (6-8 p.m., ESPN): "30 for 30" turns its attention to soccer with two documentaries: "Maradona '86" and "The Opposition."

Wednesday, April 23

NHL (6-11 p.m., NBCSN): Catch a double header of potentially series-clinching games between the Pittsburgh Penguins at Columbus Blue Jackets, followed by the St. Louis Blues at the Chicago Blackhawks.

We are less than 60 days until the 2014 World Cup from Brazil. Make sure you clear your calendar from June 12 to July 13 to watch all the action.