May 13, 2014; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime of game six of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center. The Blackhawks clinch the second round with a 2-1 victory over the Wild in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Playoffs 2014: Western Conference Finals set to begin on Sunday afternoon

The Western Conference Finals aren’t yet set but the date in which they will start is. The Los Angeles Kings extended their season on Wednesday night and forced a Game 7 against the Anaheim Ducks which will be played on Friday night. But no matter who wins that final game in the series, the Western Conference Finals will be starting on Sunday as the Chicago Blackhawks await a winner.

Making matters even more convoluted, the location of Game 1 will be continent on who wins the series between Anaheim and Los Angeles. Since the Ducks are the best remaining seed, they’d host the Blackhawks in Game 1 on Sunday while the Blackhawks would welcome the Kings to the United Center should they make it out of Semifinals still standing.


The starting time for Game 1 on Sunday will be 3 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on NBC in the U.S. and televised in Canada by TSN and RDS.

The Blackhawks are trying to defend their Stanley Cup title from last year and survived a rough series with the Minnesota Wild to advance. They’ll likely be in for another bare knuckle brawl with either the Kings or Ducks, but it seems the Blackhawks may be the most complete team left in the postseason as they’ve been pushed up against the wall a few times in the postseason but breezed on by anyways.

The complete Western Conference Finals schedule will be released once we have a winner in the Ducks-Kings series on Friday night.

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