The National Hockey League (NHL) has just announced the 2013 Stanley Cup Final schedule and the final two teams are set. The Stanley Cup Finals will pit the Western Conference champion Chicago Blackhawks against the Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins.
Based on the regular-season performance, Chicago Blackhawks, who finished with the best regular season record (with 77 points), will have home ice advantage and will host Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, as well as Games 5 and 7, if necessary. Games 3 and 4 will be in Boston, as well as Game 6, if necessary.
NHL’s Western conference’s No. 1 seed Chicago Blackhawks will face No. 5 seed Los Angeles Kings for the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Finals.
Chicago reached the Western Conference Finals by beating Minnesota Wild 4-1 in the quarterfinals and then came back from a 3–1 game deficit to defeat the Detroit Red Wings in seven games 4-3 in the semifinals.
On the other hand, Los Angeles Kings earned the other Conference Finals slot by a Quarter-finals 4-2 series win against St. Louis Blues and then outlasting the San Jose Sharks in 7 games 4-3 in the semi-finals.
NHL’s Eastern conference’s No. 1 seed Pittsburgh Penguins will face No. 4 seed Boston Bruins for the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals.
Pittsburgh reached the Eastern Conference Finals by beating New York Islanders 4-2 in the quarterfinals and then beating Ottawa Senators 4-1 in the semifinals.
On the other hand, Boston Bruins earned the other Conference Finals slot by a Quarter-finals 4-3 series win against Toronto Maple Leafs and then beating New York Rangers 4-1 in the semi-finals.