NHL playoff schedule 2013: Conference Finals to begin Friday or Saturday

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Eastern Conference Finals won't begin until Saturday, and if the Red Wings win Game 7, the Western Conference Finals will begin Friday evening in Los Angeles. If Chicago wins, the Kings will be at United Center on Saturday.

We almost went the entire postseason without any evidence that the 2013 season was marred by a lengthy, four-month-long lockout. Then, the NHL released the schedule for the Conference Finals.

The Eastern Conference Finalist Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins will have at least a week-long wait between Rounds 2 and 3, not kicking off their head-to-head series for the Prince of Wales Trophy until Saturday, a full seven days after Boston eliminated the New York Rangers in the Conference Semifinals.

Here's the full Eastern Conference Finals schedule. They'll kick things off on network television in the United States from Consol Energy Center on Saturday.

Gm Date Eastern Conference Finals Time (ET) National TV
1 Sat, Jun 1 Bruins at Penguins 8 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
2 Mon, Jun 3 Bruins at Penguins 8 p.m. NBCSN, CBC, RDS
3 Wed, Jun 5 Penguins at Bruins 8 p.m. NBCSN, CBC, RDS
4 Fri, Jun 7 Penguins at Bruins 8 p.m. NBCSN, CBC, RDS
5* Sun, Jun 9 Bruins at Penguins 8 p.m. NBCSN, CBC, RDS
6* Tue, Jun 11 Penguins at Bruins TBD NBCSN, CBC, RDS
7* Wed, Jun 12 Bruins at Penguins TBD NBCSN, CBC, RDS

There's still a bit more to solve out West with one Game 7 to be played on Wednesday night between the Blackhawks and Red Wings. Should top-seeded Chicago win, they'll host the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday night, the first game of a doubleheader on NBC. Game 2, oddly, would be the next evening.

Here's the full schedule of a potential Kings vs. Blackhawks series:

Gm Date If Chicago wins Game 7... Time (ET) National TV
1 Sat, Jun 1 Kings at Blackhawks 5 p.m. NBCSN, TSN, RDS
2 Sun, Jun 2 Kings at Blackhawks 8 p.m. NBCSN, TSN, RDS
3 Tue, Jun 4 Blackhawks at Kings 9 p.m. NBCSN, TSN, RDS
4 Thu, Jun 6 Blackhawks at Kings 9 p.m. NBCSN, CBC, RDS
5* Sat, Jun 8 Kings at Blackhawks 8 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
6* Mon, Jun 10 Blackhawks at Kings 9 p.m. NBCSN, CBC, RDS
7* Wed, Jun 12 Kings at Blackhawks TBD NBCSN, CBC, RDS

Should the Red Wings come out victorious in Game 7, the Kings will host Game 1 and it will be Friday night, May 31 at Staples Center. Here's the full schedule of a potential Detroit vs. Los Angeles series:

Gm Date If Detroit wins Game 7... Time (ET) National TV
1 Fri, May 31 Red Wings at Kings 9 p.m. NBCSN, TSN, RDS
2 Sun, Jun 2 Red Wings at Kings 8 p.m. NBCSN, TSN, RDS
3 Tue, Jun 4 Kings at Red Wings 8 p.m. NBCSN, TSN, RDS
4 Thu, Jun 6 Kings at Red Wings 8 p.m. NBCSN, CBC, RDS
5* Sat, Jun 8 Red Wings at Kings 8 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
6* Mon, Jun 10 Kings at Red Wings 8 p.m. NBCSN, CBC, RDS
7* Wed, Jun 12 Red Wings at Kings TBD NBCSN, CBC, RDS

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