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NHL announces start dates and times for conference finals

May 15, 2014, 1:33 AM EDT

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It’s the Montreal Canadiens against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final.

The Canadiens advanced to the third round of these Stanley Cup playoffs thanks to a 3-1 victory in Game 7 over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.

The NHL has already released the start date and time for the series:

The National Hockey League today announced that the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference  Finals will begin Saturday, May 17, with Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers.

The starting time for Game 1 on Saturday is 1 p.m. ET at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

The league also announced the start date and time for the Western Conference Final. Of course, who advances to play the waiting Chicago Blackhawks has yet to be decided, as the Anaheim Ducks and L.A. Kings will play Game 7 on Friday.

The National Hockey League today announced that the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Final will begin Sunday, May 18, when the Chicago Blackhawks face off against the winner of the Second Round series between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings.

The starting time for Game 1 on Sunday will be 3 p.m. ET.

Based on the number of points each team earned during the regular season, the Ducks would host the Blackhawks in Game 1, while the Blackhawks would host the Kings in Game 1. 

  1. muckleflugga - May 15, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    noticeably absent in the scheduling are any trips to the home of presidents’ trophy winners, the one and only, theeeeee boston brooims … yeah clap clap clap … clap …?

    the great thing for boston, their hockey try-hards can get themselves on down to the charles, work out the kinks, take-up some stuff in the lightweight mens: double sculls or coxless eighteen …

    bobby oar might lend a hand

    • peter62menza - May 16, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      Hey muckle flugga were you drunk when you blogged your stupid Boston Bruins comment? Because last I saw the Chicago Blackhawks are still alive & the Bruins are done. You had another chance to play for the cup again & I even rooted for them. I live near Boston but chicago is my hometown & I wanted to see a repeat & your lousy bruins lost. What a shame game 7 at home so shut your mouth with your stupid bruins remarks cause your an idiot.

  2. dadooooo - May 15, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Who will Pierre root for now that his beloved Bruins are gone, and his Penguins are out, too? He will just be very sad, there, behind the glass.

  3. joey4id - May 15, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Seriously! McGuire. There are so many more interesting hockey related story lines during a game. Who the f cares who he roots for? C’mon!

  4. McFaddensPulledHammy - May 15, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Could they have made it any harder on either the Kings or the Hawks? If LA wins Friday night, they need to get on a plane, fly 4 hours and two time zones away (losing two hours of body time by the way) and play Game 1 of the WCF in less than 40 hours after winning a huge Game 7 on the road.

    If Anaheim wins, the Hawks need to get on a plane Saturday morning and try to get acclimated to the two hour time difference before Game 1 of the WCF.

    I understand why the schedule is layed out like this but it will be tough on one team.

    • letsgolightning - May 15, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      I’m not sure if you’re being serious, but a day and a half is plenty of travel time for a 4-hour flight and readjustment. Western Conference teams (especially) are very used to this sort of travel from the regular season. Chicago and LA will already have travel plans in place well before Game 7 is over.

      In Chicago’s case, they’ve already been resting up for a couple days before the travel. If LA wins, think of it as punishment for having to take 7 games to win a series. Either way, I’m sure either team is happier traveling on Saturday than playing golf.

    • arrow43050 - May 15, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      oh boo HOO!! The Rangers had to play 5 games in 7 nights IN THE PLAYOFFS already! You’re upset because they only get 1 day instead of 2 between games?! Please, punch yourself in the face right now.

    • peter62menza - May 16, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      Its not gonna be tough on the hawks because they are getting a good rest after eliminating the wild in 6 & we will be well rested so who gives a crap about a plane ride & last year we won in a season cut in half & now we played a full season & still show that experience as well as youth is prevailing. The hawks are built for the long haul & no matter what the hawks are happy to travel where ever when it comes to keeping the cup!!!

  5. earpaniac - May 15, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    These afternoon start times are crap. The Conference Finals should all be at night.

  6. joey4id - May 15, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    How many cups have the Wings won while they were in the WC? Chicago is resting, and Ana and Kings have a 30 mile trek to and from each others rink. Plus LA had to take 75 minute flights to and from San Jose. Fatigue should be the least of anyone’s concern. Besides, you play 82 games for a chance to gain the competitive edge associated with home ice advantage.

  7. barkar942 - May 15, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Hey Cam Tucker- We already know that in the past, NBC has switched overtime games that will interfere with horse racing to a different cable channel. Can you find out from the NHL what channel NBC would send an OT game to if it were to still be going when the horse racing starts? I DVR all games and would like to know that ahead of time.

  8. nickleeds71 - May 15, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    I think an afternoon start is great, I’m in the UK so can watch it live!

  9. jason9696 - May 15, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Afternoon games in the playoffs don’t belong. Maybe during the season but not in the playoffs.

  10. peter62menza - May 16, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Games on weekdays are in the evening & weekends are day time. So what afre you all talkin about. Its just right & if it don’t suit you too bad. Record the dam thing. Stupid

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