Stanley Cup Final Schedule 2012: East Champ To Host Game 1 On Wednesday, May 30

VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 15: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins celebrates with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Vancouver Canucks in Game Seven of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Arena on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4 to 0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Stanley Cup Final will begin Wed., May 30 in either New Jersey or New York.

The NHL has released the 2012 Stanley Cup Final schedule, and it will begin on Wednesday, May 30 in either Newark, N.J. or Manhattan. The Eastern Conference finalist New Jersey Devils or New York Rangers will host the Western Conference finalist Los Angeles Kings or Phoenix Coyotes.

Home ice in the Final is determined by regular season point totals. The Rangers finished the season atop the East with 109 points while the Devils finished the season with 102 points, good for the No. 6 seed. The Coyotes finished the season with 97 points, good for the No. 3 seed in the West as Pacific Division champs, while the Kings finished with 95 points, good for the No. 8 seed.

The full schedule:

Gm Date Time Location TV Network
1 Wed, May 30 8 p.m. ET West at East NBC, CBC, RDS
2 Sat, Jun 2 8 p.m. ET West at East NBC, CBC, RDS
3 Mon, Jun 4 8 p.m. ET East at West NBCSN, CBC, RDS
4 Wed, Jun 6 8 p.m. ET East at West NBCSN, CBC, RDS
5* Sat, Jun 9 8 p.m. ET West at East NBC, CBC, RDS
6* Mon, Jun 11 8 p.m. ET East at West NBC, CBC, RDS
7* Wed, Jun 13 8 p.m. ET West at East NBC, CBC, RDS

Stick with SBNation.com for full Stanley Cup Final coverage. For more on the Eastern Final, check out Devils blog In Lou We Trust and Rangers blog Blueshirt Banter. For more on the Western Final, check out Kings blog Jewels From The Crown and Coyotes blog Five For Howling.

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