We knew going into Game Seven on Wednesday night that there was a schedule in place for the Western Conference Final if either the Detroit Red Wings or Chicago Blackhawks would win. Had the Red Wings won, the series would’ve started on Friday. But since the Blackhawks won, their series against the Los Angeles Kings will start with a little afternoon delight (or nausea if that’s how you feel during the playoffs).
The conference final starts on Saturday with a 5 p.m. start in Chicago, while Game 2 will be played at 8 p.m. on Sunday. From there, the games will head to California, with Game 3 on June 4 and Game 4 on June 6, both at 9 p.m. The rest of the games will played on June 8, 10 and 12 if necessary. All times are Eastern. Considering that both teams went to seven games in the semifinals, they might need those last three games.
Games 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7 will be shown on the NBC Sports Network, while Game 3 will be shown on your local NBC station. The best part about the start times at Staples Center is that they all start at 9 p.m. there will be no 10 or 10:30 p.m. start times for fans in the Eastern time zone.
Once again, logistics have wreaked havoc on the schedule. In the last two series, the Chicago Bulls were to blame. This time, Friday and Monday concerts by the Rolling Stones are the reason the first two games were squeezed together. Seems like the Blackhawks can’t get no satisfaction with their scheduling.