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Stanley Cup Final Schedule 2019: Dates, puck-drop times, TV channel

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Stanley Cup Final Schedule 2019: Dates, puck-drop times, TV channel

With the St. Louis Blues winning Game 4 over the San Jose Sharks on Friday night, the NHL now knows the Western Conference final will go at least six games.

After the game, the league was able to announce that the Stanley Cup Final will begin on Monday, May 27 in Boston.

The Bruins, who swept the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference final, will host either the Sharks or the Blues.

With the Western Conference final now tied at two games apiece, the series shifts back to San Jose for Game 5 on Sunday at 12 p.m. PT.

All Stanley Cup Final games will be broadcast on either NBC or NBCSN. Should the Sharks advance, you can watch Sharks Playoff Live starting one hour before puck drop and immediately after the final horn sounds on NBC Sports California and streaming on the MyTeams app.

Here's the full Stanley Cup Final schedule:

Game 1 -- Monday, May 27 at 5 p.m. PT in Boston
Game 2 -- Wednesday, May 29 at 5 p.m. PT in Boston
Game 3 -- Saturday, June 1 at 5 p.m. PT in San Jose or St. Louis
Game 4 -- Monday, June 3 at 5 p.m. PT in San Jose or St. Louis
Game 5 -- Thursday, June 6 at 5 p.m. PT in Boston (If necessary)
Game 6 -- Sunday, June 9 at 5 p.m. PT in San Jose or St. Louis (If necessary)
Game 7 -- Wednesday, June 12 at 5 p.m. PT in Boston (If necessary)

Bruins advance to Stanley Cup Final, await Sharks-Blues series winner

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Bruins advance to Stanley Cup Final, await Sharks-Blues series winner

If the Sharks advance to the Stanley Cup Final, they'll be headed to Boston. That's because the Bruins completed an Eastern Conference finals sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

Boston shut out Carolina 4-0 in Game 4, sealing the Bruins' third appearance in the Final this decade and their first since 2010.

The Bruins will have home-ice advantage when they face the winner of the Western Conference final, thanks to their 49-24-9 (107 points) record in the regular season. Should the Sharks eliminate the St. Louis Blues, Joe Thornton will be shipping up to the city of his former team.

Boston drafted Thornton with the No. 1 overall pick in 1997. Thornton played 532 games for the Bruins, scoring 454 points (169 goals, 285 assists) before he was traded to the Sharks on Nov. 30, 2005.

Thornton's former teammates are long gone, but this means the former Bruins captain will have to beat his old team in order to win his first Stanley Cup. The Sharks still have to beat the Blues two more times, but they can take a commanding three-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven series with a win in Game 4 on Friday night. 

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San Jose lost both of its matchups with Boston back in February. On Feb. 18, Thornton scored his first hat trick since 2010 in a 6-5 overtime loss to his old team. Eight days later, the Bruins dominated the Sharks to the tune of a 4-1 win. 

A lot has changed since then, but the Bruins will be the better-rested team than their Western Conference counterparts in the Cup Final. Like San Jose, Boston needed all seven games to beat a division rival (the Toronto Maple Leafs) in the first round. But, the Bruins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets in six games in the second round, and could have a long layoff headed into the Final.

But if Thornton and the Sharks advance to face them, they'll likely have plenty of things on their mind other than a lack of rest. 

NHL odds: Sharks given worst chance among playoff teams to win Stanley Cup

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NHL odds: Sharks given worst chance among playoff teams to win Stanley Cup

The Sharks have squeaked through the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs, eliminating the Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche in succession, each in seven games.

Next is a matchup with the St. Louis Blues in a rematch of the 2016 Western Conference final.

San Jose advanced in 2016 despite St. Louis having home-ice advantage. This time around, the Sharks have home ice, and yet, they're underdogs.

According to MoneyPuck.com, the Sharks face the second-worst odds (46.4 percent chance) to advance to the Cup Final of the four teams still alive in the playoffs, and the worst odds (19.5 percent chance) of winning the whole enchilada. The Blues have the second-best odds in both categories.

Ironically, the Boston Bruins and the Sharks -- 107 and 101 regular-season points, respectively -- are both underdogs to the Carolina Hurricanes and the Blues -- 99 regular-season points, each -- despite having home-ice advantage.

Clearly, the odds place a heavy emphasis on more recent play, as both the Hurricanes and Blues have been two of the NHL's hottest teams dating to the initial playoff push. In fact, no team accumulated more points than the Blues (65) since Jan. 1.