Western Conference Finals to start Sunday

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League announced Thursday the dates, start times and national television coverage for Games 1 and 2 of the Conference Final round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Western Conference Final opens Sunday, May 13 in Glendale, Arizona, where the Phoenix Coyotes will host the Los Angeles Kings at Jobing.com Arena (5 p.m., PT, NBC Sports Network, TSN, RDS). Game 2 of the series will be played in Glendale on Tuesday, May 15, beginning at 6 p.m., PT.

Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference Final will be played on Monday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 16, respectively, and pit the New Jersey Devils against the winner of the Conference Semifinal series between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals. That series currently is deadlocked at 3-3, with Game 7 set for Saturday night in New York (4:30 p.m. PT, NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS).

Should the Rangers advance, they would host the Devils in Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden in New York. Should the Capitals win, the Devils would host Washington in Games 1 and 2 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.Additional Conference Final schedule information will be released soon.

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE THROUGH WEDNESDAY, MAY 16

Saturday, May 12
Washington @ NY Rangers, Eastern Conference Semifinal Game 7, series tied 3-3
(4:30 p.m., PT, NBCSN, CBC, RDS)

Sunday, May 13
Los Angeles @ Phoenix, Western Conference Final Game 1 (5 p.m., PT, NBCSN, TSN, RDS) – Post game show on FOX Sports West at 7:30 p.m.

Monday, May 14
Eastern Conference Final Game 1, @ New York or New Jersey (5 p.m., PT, NBCSN, CBC, RDS)

Tuesday, May 15
Los Angeles @ Phoenix, Western Conference Final Game 2 (6 p.m., PT, NBCSN, TSN, RDS) – Post game show on FOX Sports West at 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 16
Eastern Conference Final Game 2, @ New York or New Jersey (5 p.m., PT, NBCSN, CBC, RDS)