The NHL announced the other day that if both conference finals end by Tuesday, May 26, the Cup finals would begin Thursday, May 28 — in other words, one day off for the Eastern Conference winner.
If not, Game 1 of the finals would be Friday, June 5.
Now Chicago has won a game against Detroit, so that series can’t end any earlier than Wednesday, May 27. But it’s possible that both series will be over by that night, and that the finals (a rematch of last year, Pittsburgh-Detroit) would then not start until nine days later, June 5.
And this is obviously to appease NBC with a couple of weekends worth of games. Yuck.