The National Hockey League released today the schedule of dates for the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals, which will begin on Tuesday, May 25 at a venue to be determined.
The Stanley Cup Finals will match the Western and Eastern Conference champions in a best-of-seven series. The Calgary Flames lead the San Jose Sharks in the West, 3-2, while the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers are tied 2-2 in the East.
The club with the higher regular-season point total will have home-ice advantage in the Stanley Cup Final and will host Games 1, 2 and, if necessary, Games 5 and 7. The other club will host Games 3, 4 and, if necessary, Game 6.
Tampa Bay finished the regular season with 106 points; San Jose had 104, Philadelphia 101 and Calgary 94.
The start time for all Stanley Cup Final games will be 8:00 PM ET. Complete broadcast information for the Stanley Cup Final will be announced when available.2004 STANLEY CUP FINALS SCHEDULE:
Game 1 - Tuesday, May 25 - 8:00 PM ET
Game 2 - Thursday, May 27 - 8:00 PM ET
Game 3 - Saturday, May 29 - 8:00 PM ET
Game 4 - Monday, May 31 - 8:00 PM ET
Game 5 * - Thursday, June 3 - 8:00 PM ET
Game 6 * - Saturday, June 5 - 8:00 PM ET
Game 7 * - Monday, June 7 - 8:00 PM ET* if necessary