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NHL Releases Stanley Cup Finals Schedule–Sort Of

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The National Hockey League has set start dates for the Stanley Cup Final.

If both conference finals end in sweeps, the Cup Finals will begin Thursday, May 28. If either series is extended past four games, the Cup Finals will start Friday, June 5……

Instant analysis: Nothing says Ice hockey like a warm summer’s night. It’s like the NHL is scheduling the playoffs for the sole purpose of giving me something to rant about. I suppose I should be thankful for that. Can someone explain to me why, hypothetically speaking, if both series end in 5 games, the Cup Finals can’t start two days later? Instead, there is a (distinct) possibility of both teams having a full week off between clinching their cup birth and playing their first game in the finals. Asinine.