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2011 Stanley Cup playoffs: Conference finals schedule

May 10, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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The hockey world is still waiting upon a winner between the San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings – a series that could be determined tonight, if the Sharks succeed – but the NHL already set a schedule for both conference finals.

Interestingly enough, the schedule for Sharks/Red Wings games are pretty similar except for start times. That’s what happens when you play in different time zones, though. For most people, this should come as painfully obvious, but keep in mind that only one of those Western Conference finals can actually happen.

(We’ll delete the possibility that ends up going away, once that time comes.)

Anyway, here’s the schedule for the conference finals, which will enjoy complete coverage from Versus and NBC. Keep in mind these things are subject to change, though. Italics indicate games that might not be necessary.

2011 Eastern Conference finals

3. Boston Bruins vs. 5. Tampa Bay Lightning

Game 1: Saturday, May 14     at Boston, 8:00 p.m. ET    VERSUS
Game 2: Tuesday, May 17     at Boston, 8:00 p.m.  ET   VERSUS
Game 3: Thursday, May 19     at Tampa Bay, 8:00 p.m.ET     VERSUS
Game 4: Saturday, May 21     at Tampa Bay, 1:30 p.m. ET    NBC
Game 5: Monday, May 23     at Boston, 8:00 p.m. ET    VERSUS
Game 6: Wednesday, May 25     at Tampa Bay, 8:00 p.m. ET     VERSUS
Game 7: Friday, May 27     at Boston, 8:00 p.m. ET     VERSUS

2011 Western Conference finals

Scenario 1

1. Vancouver Canucks vs. 2. San Jose Sharks

Game 1: Sunday, May 15     at Vancouver, 8:00 p.m. ET     VERSUS
Game 2: Wednesday, May 18     at Vancouver, 9:00 p.m. ET     VERSUS
Game 3: Friday, May 20     at San Jose, 9:00 p.m. ET     VERSUS
Game 4: Sunday, May 22     at San Jose, 3:00 p.m. ET     NBC
Game 5: Tuesday, May 24     at Vancouver, 9:00 p.m. ET    VERSUS
Game 6: Thursday, May 26     at San Jose, 9:00 p.m. ET    VERSUS
Game 7: Saturday, May 28     at Vancouver, 8:00 p.m. ET  VERSUS

Scenario 2

1. Vancouver Canucks vs. 3. Detroit Red Wings

Game 1: Sunday, May 15     at Vancouver, 8:00 p.m. ET  VERSUS
Game 2: Wednesday, May 18     at Vancouver, 9:00 p.m. ET     VERSUS
Game 3: Friday, May 20     at Detroit, 8:00 p.m. ET     VERSUS
Game 4: Sunday, May 22     at Detroit, 3:00 p.m. ET     NBC
Game 5: Tuesday, May 24     at Vancouver, 9:00 p.m. ET     VERSUS
Game 6: Thursday, May 26     at Detroit, 8:00 p.m. ET     VERSUS
Game 7: Saturday, May 28     at Vancouver, 8:00 p.m. ET     VERSUS

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