The Los Angeles Kings haven’t advanced to the Stanley Cup Final yet, and the New Jersey Devils made the Eastern Conference finals a series by tying things up Monday. But the NHL already has its schedule set for the final round of the playoffs.
Game 1 of the Cup Final will be May 30 at either New Jersey or the New York Rangers. If necessary, a Game 7 would be June 13. If there’s a Game 5, it would take place about an hour-and-a-half after the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, N.Y., when I’ll Have Another tries for the first Triple Crown in 34 years. Game 5 would be in Newark or New York.
Despite cross-country trips guaranteed, the extra days off in the series seem to fit better for TV purposes than travel.
Here’s a look at the complete schedule. All games are slated to begin at 8 p.m.:
Game 1: Wednesday, May 30 at East champion, NBC
Game 2: Saturday, June 2 at East champion, NBC
Game 3: Monday, June 4 at West champion, NBC Sports Network
Game 4: Wednesday, June 6 at West champion, NBC Sports Network
Game 5: Saturday, June 9 at East champion, NBC*
Game 6: Monday, June 11 at West champion, NBC*
Game 7: Wednesday June 13 at East champion, NBC*
* If necessary