The 2014 Stanley Cup Final begins Wednesday, June 4 with Game 1 of the NHL's championship series.
We don't yet know the team that will host the Final, with the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks battling it out in the Western Conference Final for the right to host the Eastern champion New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers playing in the East. That series will be over by Sunday, June 1 at the latest, meaning we'll have a few days off before the start of the Cup Final.
Home ice obviously is still up in the air as well. The Rangers will be the road team against either West opponent if they advance, and the Blackhawks will have home ice should they advance. Montreal holds the home ice edge against Los Angeles -- they had the same exact 46-28-8 record in the regular season but the Habs had two fewer shootout wins -- but the Kings will have home ice if they face the Rangers in the Final. The Kings finished 10th in the league with 100 points and Chicago finished 7th in the league with 107 points. New York finished with 96 points.
Here's the full series schedule. Game times and TV info will be announced once the teams are finalized.
Game 1: Wednesday, June 4
Game 2: Saturday, June 7
Game 3: Monday, June 9 in New York
Game 4: Wednesday, June 11 in New York
Game 5*: Friday, June 13
Game 6*: Monday, June 16 in New York
Game 7*: Wednesday, June 18