On Wednesday night, the Philadelphia Flyers forced a Game Seven with the Boston Bruins and extended the layoff between games for both the Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks. Boston and Philadelphia will end their series on Friday night.
Because the NHL, unlike the NBA, will not begin one conference’s next round until all series are decided, the Western Conference Finals cannot begin until after the participants of the Eastern Conference Finals are determined. This would push the Sharks-Hawks opener to Saturday at the earliest; however, the Shark Tank is booked for a concert on Saturday night, so Sunday would be the earliest the two teams could begin the Western Conference Finals.
A report late Wednesday night is that the Western Conference Finals will begin at 2 PM CST, and the game will be televised on NBC.