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NHL Playoffs 2014: Known Stanley Cup Info Before Kings vs. Blackhawks Game 7

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29:  Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers and the rest of the team pose with the Prince of Wales Trophy after defeating the Montreal Canadiens in Game Six to win the Eastern Conference Final in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 29, 2014 in New York City. The New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1 to 0.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Sean ODonnellContributor IIIJune 1, 2014

The New York Rangers secured a berth in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final after downing the Montreal Canadiens in six games.

SportsCenter tweeted an unfortunate statistic for Canadian hockey:

As the Rangers await their opponent, the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks will battle one more time in the Western Conference's pivotal Game 7.

Chicago appeared dead in the water after three consecutive victories by the Kings. However, the team remained resilient, winning Games 5 and 6 to even the series in dramatic fashion.

With Game 7 looming large, let's take a look at what we already know about this year's Stanley Cup Final.

 

Game Dates

The NHL will not release specific viewing information until both Stanley Cup Final teams are revealed. However, we do know the dates for each of the games.

Wednesday will mark the first game of the Stanley Cup, and should the series go a full seven games, a new champion will be crowned on June 18.

Here's a look at the full schedule:

2014 Stanley Cup Final Schedule
GameDate
Game 1Wednesday, June 4
Game 2Saturday, June 7
Game 3Monday, June 9
Game 4Wednesday, June 11
*Game 5Friday, June 13
*Game 6Monday, June 16
*Game 7Wednesday, June 18
NHL.com

*if necessary

With the World Cup right around the corner, we could have a very intriguing schedule, according to a tweet from P. Schrager of Fox Sports:

 

Ticket Prices

Since the Rangers earned a trip to the season's final series and are set to play at least three home games, tickets have already been made available for a glimpse of live action at Madison Square Garden.

We already know everything in New York City is expensive, and according to a tweet from theScore, the ticket prices are par for the course:

It's been 20 years since the Rangers were last in the Stanley Cup, and the team's faithful have already begun to dig deep in their pockets for a chance to see it all live.

Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason is one example:

Get 'em while they're hot.

 

Henrik Lundqvist

One final thing we already know is that Lundqvist is an excellent goaltender.

Both the Kings and Blackhawks have shown glimpses of offensive prowess throughout their series. However, a difficult test lies in wait.

After Lundqvist pitched a shutout against Montreal in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, ESPN Stats & Info tweeted his remarkable milestone:

According to a tweet from the NHL, Lundqvist remains more determined than ever:

Just how good has Lundqvist been playing lately? Take a look at this acrobatic save from Game 6 against Montreal:

With Lundqvist in goal for the Rangers, and one of two offensively talented teams set to face him in the Stanley Cup Final, we're certainly in for some fireworks.

This year's contest is already shaping up to be one for the ages.

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