After three straight days without hockey, the 2013 NHL Playoffs are ready to start up again with the Stanley Cup Finals. The Chicago Blackhawks will host the Boston Bruins, as each team tries to win their second championship of the decade.
Boston enters the series very well rested. The club only needed nine games to get through the last two rounds of the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Since May 25, Boston has played just four times, including one game that went into overtime.
The No.4 seed from the East also enters the Stanley Cup Finals much more healthy than they had been for this postseason. Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and Andrew Ference battled injuries in the second round against the New York Rangers, but have come back to help Boston make a title run.
Chicago needed just five games to get through their Western Conference Finals series with the Los Angeles Kings, but the second round was more of a struggle. They came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Detroit Red Wings.
The Blackhawks have home-ice advantage, which could prove to be a deciding factor in the series. The best team in the NHL’s regular season suffered just three regulation losses at the United Center. Boston went 12-9-3 on the road this season.
TV Channel: NBC
Series Schedule: Game 1: at Chicago, Wednesday, June 12, 8 p.m. ET, NBC
Game 2: at Chicago, Saturday, June 15, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN
Game 3: at Boston, Monday, June 17, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN
Game 4: at Boston, Wednesday, June 19, 8 p.m. ET, NBC
Game 5: at Chicago, Saturday, June 22, 8 p.m. ET, NBC *
Game 6: at Boston, Monday, June 24, 8 p.m. ET, NBC *
Game 7: at Chicago, Wednesday, June 26, 8 p.m. ET, NBC*