When Will the Eastern Conference Finals Between Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins Start?

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There is still no official word coming from the NHL as to when the Eastern Conference final will start, but speculation is that it will be sometime this weekend and even more speculation that it will be this Saturday.  Both the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Boston Bruins wrapped up their second round series late last week and both teams are waiting to hear the final word as to when they will face each other in round three.

There are a few factors that will dictate when the Eastern Conference finals will begin between the Penguins and Bruins.  One of the biggest is that both Western Conference semifinals are still being played between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks and the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks.  The series for both were extended when both the Sharks and Blackhawks won to force game sevens.  The Sharks and Kings play tonight while the Red Wings and Blackhawks are the last to play and wrap up the Western Conference semifinals this Wednesday.

Another factor is that the league wants games played every other day and not have two days in between games as was the case in a few games in Round 2 between the Penguins and Ottawa Senators.  They want to keep it on a more consistent schedule than previously.  Another thing would be TV ratings.  With both NBC and CBC, in Canada, broadcasting the conference finals and Stanley Cup final, they want a schedule that will bring in more ratings which also plays into when games are scheduled.

In the meantime, both the Penguins and Bruins have some time off to practice and recover from injuries and minor bumps and bruises, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but the sooner the next round begins will most likely be better for both teams and word will likely come soon.

Stephanie Lewark is a Pittsburgh Penguins / NHL Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her Facebook page, or add her to your Google+ circle.