NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2019: Conference Finals schedule, TV info

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The NHL’s feverish field of 16 has now been whittled down to a fascinating final four.

The San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues emerge from Game 7s out West, while the Boston Bruins will take on the Carolina Hurricanes in the East. Could we see a first-time champion in the Sharks or Blues? Will the Hurricanes go from a decade of playoff misses to glory? Will Brad Marchand get a chance to lick the Stanley Cup?

We’ll begin to get answers very soon, as Game 1 of the 2019 Eastern Conference Final kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday on NBCSN. Here’s the full schedule and TV info, so you can start lining up sick days and excuses to leave family functions early.

Here is the complete schedule (All times ET, subject to change):

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL
Thursday, May 9, 8 p.m.: Hurricanes @ Bruins | NBCSN
Sunday, May 12, 3 p.m.: Hurricanes @ Bruins | NBC
Tuesday, May 14, 8 p.m.: Bruins @ Hurricanes | NBCSN
Thursday, May 16, 8 p.m.: Bruins @ Hurricanes | NBCSN
*Saturday, May 18, 7:15 p.m.: Hurricanes @ Bruins | NBC
*Monday, May 20, 8 p.m.: Bruins @ Hurricanes | NBCSN
*Wednesday, May 22, 8 p.m.: Hurricanes @ Bruins | NBCSN

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL
Saturday, May 11, 8 p.m.: Blues @ Sharks | NBC
Monday, May 13, 9 p.m.: Blues @ Sharks | NBCSN
Wednesday, May 15, 8 p.m.: Sharks @ Blues | NBCSN
Friday, May 17, 8 p.m.: Sharks @ Blues | NBCSN
*Sunday, May 19, 3 p.m.: Blues @ Sharks | NBC
*Tuesday, May 21, 8 p.m.: Sharks @ Blues | NBCSN
*Thursday, May 23, 9 p.m.: Blues @ Sharks | NBC

* if necessary

MORE: 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Schedule, Bracket, Streams and More

For the third consecutive postseason, NBC Sports’ coverage of Stanley Cup Playoff first-round games on NBCUniversal cable networks (NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC), as well as NHL Network, will air side-by-side and will be available for streaming on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app in local markets alongside regional sports network game telecasts. (Local blackouts apply in Las Vegas and Pittsburgh in the first round).

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.