Stanley Cup Playoffs 2014: Updated Schedule and Odds for Conference Finals

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 26, 2014

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival (32) and Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter get into a pushing match during the third period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014. The Blackhawks won 3-1. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press

The 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs were expected to be a great showcase of why fans love hockey so much, and the action on the ice through the first two rounds and into the conference finals has everyone excited.

While many Americans are thinking about Memorial Day on Monday and the servicemen and servicewomen who gave their lives for this nation, there is an amazing matchup between the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks on the schedule for today.

Here is all the updated schedule information, full championship odds and a focus on Monday’s matchup.


2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals
Eastern Conference
Game Matchup Date Time (ET) TV
1 Rangers beat Canadiens, 7-2 May 17 8 p.m. NBCSN
2 Rangers beat Canadiens, 3-1 May 19 8 p.m. NBCSN
3 Canadiens beat Rangers, 3-2May 22 8 p.m. NBCSN
4 Rangers beat Canadiens, 3-2May 25 8 p.m. NBCSN
5New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens May 27 8 p.m. NBCSN
6* Montreal Canadiens at New York Rangers May 29 8 p.m. NBCSN
7* New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens May 31 8 p.m. NBCSN
Western Conference
Game Matchup Date Time (ET) TV
1 Blackhawks beat Kings, 3-1 May 18 3 p.m. NBC
2 Kings beat Blackhawks, 6-2 May 21 8 p.m. NBCSN
3 Kings beat Blackhawks, 4-3May 24 8 p.m. NBC
4 Chicago Blackhawks at Los Angeles Kings May 26 9 p.m. NBCSN
5 Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Blackhawks May 28 8 p.m. NBCSN
6* Chicago Blackhawks at Los Angeles Kings May 30 9 p.m. NBCSN
7* Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Blackhawks June 1 8 p.m. NBCSN
Source: *if necessary


Now that you've seen the full schedule, here are the championship odds for each remaining team:

Odds to Win 2014 Stanley Cup
Team Odds Money Line
Chicago Blackhawks 159-50+318
New York Rangers 207-100+207
Los Angeles Kings 43-25+172
Montreal Canadiens 141-20+705
Source: Odds Shark


Breaking Down Monday’s Marquee Matchup

The Western Conference Final between the Los Angeles Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks has been the most entertaining series thus far, and Monday’s game will be a huge determining factor in which team will walk out of the third-round matchup victorious.

Chicago dominated its competition coming into this series (beat the St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild in six games apiece) and started off red-hot with a win in Game 1.

Since the Blackhawks' victory, the series has shifted in favor of Los Angeles. With a unique mix of timely scoring from all three top lines, elite defensive play led by Drew Doughty and a star in net like Jonathan Quick, the Kings are proving they’re championship material.

For Chicago to bounce back in this matchup, the team must find scoring for top stars like Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp. With just 17 combined points in 15 postseason games thus far, Kane and Sharp must step up to keep the franchise alive.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville told Shawn Roarke of about the performance of Kane and how he believes the talented forward had opportunities thus far:

I think [Kane] had a great look both games. Right down the barrel, [he] could've given us a two-goal lead both times. He's had some opportunities. He's accustomed to scoring. For guys who are scorers, they get more excited, more confidence and their play can elevate by looking at production.

Kaner, to me, he's dangerous. Opponents have to keep an eye on him quite a bit. They're concerned with him. He's been a threat, been dangerous. Hasn't had the production to reflect it, but he's definitely had some opportunities.

According to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune and Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times, Kane agrees with his coach’s sentiment:

On the other hand, Kings forward Jeff Carter has been on fire. Through the first 17 games of the 2014 postseason, he has racked up an impressive eight goals, 11 assists and even contributed heavily with forechecking at times.

The official Twitter account of the NHL’s public relations department and Pete Jensen of talked about just how dominant Carter has been in the postseason:

There will always be a focus on the goaltending and how Corey Crawford and Quick react to each situation, but the depth and scoring ability of the offense will be the deciding factor in this series.

There is depth and strength on each defensive unit, but there is enough talent on both rosters to put up big points in every game. These two teams recently won the Stanley Cup due to the offensive depth and timely scoring.

If Kane and Sharp don’t figure out their inability to score consistently and Carter continues stacking up points, Los Angeles will make short work of the Blackhawks on route to another championship.

Predicted Game 4 Winner: Chicago wins 4-2


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