Hockey fans eager to watch the upcoming Stanley Cup Finals games can circle dates on their calendars, as the National Hockey League (NHL) released two possible scenarios on Friday as to the schedule for the last round.
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If the Tampa Bay Lightning eliminate the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final on Saturday night, the final round will begin on Wednesday at the Colorado Avalanche. However, if a seventh matchup between the Bolts and the Blueshirts is required on Monday, the battle for the league's most coveted trophy will only begin on Saturday, June 18 in Denver.
A final starting on Wednesday would continue with game number 2 on June 18 and thereafter, subsequent games would be played every other day. The latest possible conclusion would be June 28. If the fourth-round showdown gets underway on the third Saturday of the month, all fixtures will be separated by a day off, with the ending scheduled for June 30.
The Avalanche haven't played since Monday, when head coach Jared Bednar's squad completed a sweep of the Edmonton Oilers in the Western final. The TVA Sports channel will broadcast all the matches on the schedule in the final.