The Vegas Golden Knights may not know who they’re playing, but they know when they’ll be playing.
It’s almost time Vegas Golden Knights fans. All that’s left to do now is to sit back, relax, and watch game seven between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals on Wednesday night. This is the exact same situation that happened the last round.
The Nashville Predators forced a game seven against the Winnipeg Jets. It meant the Golden Knights were sitting around longer waiting for an opponent. Except for this time, they released schedule information a lot quicker.
On Monday, the NHL released the full Stanley Cup Finals schedule. The only thing that’s on hold right now is the opponent. How does it all shake out? Let me explain.
If the Lightning win game seven, Tampa will have home ice and host game’s 1, 2, 5 and 7. However, if the Capitals go onto win game seven, the Cup Finals go through Vegas. Here’s the full schedule:
2018 Stanley Cup Final Schedule:
Game 1: Monday, May 28 – 5 PM PT
Game 2: Wednesday, May 30 – 5 PM PT
Game 3: Saturday, June 2 – 5 PM PT
Game 4: Monday, June 4 – 5 PM PT
*Game 5: Thursday, June 7 – 5 PM PT
*Game 6: Sunday, June 10 – 5 PM PT
*Game 7: Wednesday, June 13 – 5 PM PT
Looking at this schedule from past schedules, there are more days off than usual. Two days off in between games on four separate occasions. It’ll be interesting to see how this small aspect of the game plays out.
No matter what, these teams will be traveling cross country for the first time in a long time. You have to wonder how that will affect both clubs in the long run.
No official TV schedule has been released by the NHL as of this posting. However, it’s no secret that almost every one of the games will be on NBC or NBCSN.
Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant will have six more days to prepare and get his club ready for their final obstacle. Rest and preparation could provide big dividends for the Golden Knights. Vegas must look to get the early edge in a series that could go the distance, no matter who they play.
Overall, it’s going to be a great series whomever the Vegas Golden Knights play. We’re down to the final three, and no one knows what to expect at this point. Although, the Golden Knights players have the luxury of relaxing and resting some injuries a few more days before getting ready to play some of the biggest games of their lives.