May 24, 2010
The Flyers won the Prince of Wales Trophy after defeating the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in Game 5 Monday night, one day after the Blackhawks wrapped up their duties winning the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl in a sweep over the San Jose Sharks.
Since both teams took care of business early, they've been awarded some days to rest up for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday evening.
The NHL released the schedule Monday, so begin scheduling your life for the next two weeks around game nights:
Game 1 Saturday, May 29 at Chicago 8 p.m. ET NBC, CBC
Game 2 Monday, May 31 at Chicago 8 p.m. ET NBC, CBC
Game 3 Wednesday, June 2 at Philadelphia 8 p.m. ET VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Game 4 Friday, June 4 at Philadelphia 8 p.m. ET VERSUS, CBC, RDS
*Game 5 Sunday, June 6 at Chicago 8 p.m. ET NBC, CBC, RDS
*Game 6 Wednesday, June 9 at Philadelphia 8 p.m. ET NBC, CBC, RDS
*Game 7 Friday, June 11 at Chicago 8 p.m. ET NBC, CBC, RDS
Unlike last year, Games 1 and 2 will not be on back-to-back days and we get a nice every other day format until the extra off-day in between Games 5 and 6. And should we see the series go the distance for a second straight year, there will be lots of celebrating throughout the second weekend in June in one lucky city.
Coming off strong ratings from the pair of Detroit Red Wings-Pittsburgh Penguins Cup Finals we've had the past two seasons, having strong hockey markets with rich histories involved in the '10 edition, watching the ratings will be interesting, especially with the series beginning on Memorial Day weekend in the U.S.