The 2014 NHL Conference Finals are set as the chase for the 2014 Stanley Cup continues. In the Eastern Conference the Montreal Canadiens will take on the surging New York Rangers with a Stanley Cup berth on the line. The Canadiens knocked off the President Trophy winning Boston Bruins in a dramatic seven game series behind the great play of PK Subban and goaltender Carey Price. Montreal looks like the hungriest team left in the NHL playoffs as the Canadiens try to win their first Stanley Cup in over two decades.
The New York Rangers also needed all seven games to knock off the Pittsburgh Penguins, and they did it in come from behind fashion. The Rangers came back from a 3-1 series deficit to win three straight games and capture the series. Rangers net-minder Henrik Lundqvist got hot when New York needed it most and helped the Rangers pull off an incredible comeback.
Over in the Western Conference the Chicago Black Hawks will face the Los Angeles Kings in the finals. The Hawks knocked off the Minnesota Wild in the semi-finals, while the Kings tripped up the No. 1 seeded Anaheim Ducks in seven games. Now the Blackhawks will try to reach the Stanley Cup Finals and defend their title.
Led by USA Olympian Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks are favored to repeat as champions, but it won’t be easy as these final four teams get ready for battle. The Kings are a tough bunch who are led by goaltender (and USA teammate of Patrick Kane) Jonathan Quick. Quick has shown in the past that he can get hot in a hurry. If his great play from Game 7 against the Ducks carries over vs. Chicago, the Blackhawks will be in a dog fight the entire series.
This NHL final four should be one of the best in years.
Below is a glance at the current odds to win the Stanley Cup and schedule for the conference finals. The schedule will be updated as the games are announced!
NHL Stanley Cup odds
- Chicago Blackhawks 8/5
- Montreal Canadiens 3/1
- New York Rangers 8/1
- Los Angeles Kings 12/1
Saturday, May 17
NY Rangers at Montreal — Game 1 – 1:00 PM — NBC/NBC Live Extra
Sunday, May 18
Los Angeles at Chicago – Game 1 – 3:00 p.m. ET — NBC/NBC Live Extra
Monday, May 19
NY Rangers at Montreal — Game 2 – 8:00 PM — NBCSN/NBC Live Extra
Tuesday, May 20
NO GAMES SCHEDULED
Wednesday, May 21
Los Angeles at Chicago – Game 2 – 8:00 p.m. ET — NBCSN/NBC Live Extra
Thursday, May 22
Montreal at NY Rangers — Game 3 – 8:00 PM — NBCSN/NBC Live Extra
Saturday, May 24
Chicago at Los Angeles — Game 3 – Series tied 1-1 8:00 PM NBC/NBC Live Extra
Sunday, May 25
Montreal at NY Rangers — Game 4 – Rangers lead 2-1 8:00 PM NBCSN/NBC Live Extra
Monday, May 26
Chicago at Los Angeles — Game 4 – 9:00 PM NBCSN/NBC Live Extra
Tuesday, May 27
NY Rangers at Montreal — Game 5 – 8:00 PM NBCSN/NBC Live Extra
Wednesday, May 28
Los Angeles at Chicago — Game 5 – 8:00 PM NBCSN/NBC Live Extra
Thursday, May 29
Montreal at NY Rangers — Game 6* 8:00 PM NBCSN/NBC Live Extra
Friday, May 30
Chicago at Los Angeles — Game 6* 9:00 PM NBCSN/NBC Live Extra