Stanley Cup Final schedule released; Game 7 set for June 17


Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final will take place on Wednesday, June 3, with a potential Game 7 taking place on Wednesday, June 17.

In other words: The NHL will have played two conference final Games 7 and Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final before the NBA plays the first game of its championship series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.

The NHL schedule, with all games starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT:

Game 1    Wednesday, June 3

Game 2    Saturday, June 6

Game 3    Monday, June 8

Game 4    Wednesday, June 10

Game 5 *  Saturday, June 13

Game 6 *  Monday, June 15

Game 7 *  Wednesday, June 17

* If necessary

In a miraculous coincidence, that’s every off-day for the NBA Finals!

Yes, the Final would end on June 17, when sports fans across America can think of nothing else than games played on ice. This has been your "start the season September" lament of the day.

The team that earned the greater number of standings points during the 2014-15 regular season will have home-ice advantage in the Stanley Cup Final and will host Games 1, 2 and, if necessary, Games 5 and 7. The other club will host Games 3, 4 and, if necessary, Game 6. The Rangers collected a League-high 113 points, followed by the Ducks (109), Lightning (108) and Blackhawks (102).

Well, at least the hockey media was prepared for the air travel in a potential New York-Anaheim series last postseason…