Reports: Bruins - Pens series to start Saturday

Reports: Bruins - Pens series to start Saturday
May 27, 2013, 11:45 pm
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There has been no official announcement by the NHL, but multiple reports indicate that the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins will begin their Eastern Conference Finals series in Pittsburgh at the CONSOL Energy Center on Saturday night.

NBC has an 8 p.m. time slot in prime time on Saturday night for Stanley Cup playoff hockey, and it’s expected that will be the start time for the opener between Boston and Pittsburgh.

Bruins officials were told Monday morning that they could expect that their series wouldn’t start prior to Thursday, but hadn’t been given an exact starting date by the league as things were dependent on the two ongoing Western Conference series.

There was a chance Boston’s series would have started on Friday night if the Detroit Red Wings closed out the Blackhawks on Monday night, but instead there will be a pair of Game 7’s to decide the two teams in the Western Conference Finals.

That scenario pushed the Bruins back, and means they will get an entire week’s worth of rest while preparing for the Penguins after dispatching the New York Rangers in Game 5 last Saturday night at home.

There has been no announcement about Game 2, but there won’t be a home playoff game in Boston prior to Tuesday because of the musical concerts, including the New Kids on the Block, taking place at TD Garden over the next week. The best bet here without any kind of confirmation: the Bruins will host the Penguins for Games 3 and 4 on Wednesday and Friday night next week.

Elliotte Friedman of CBC was the first to report that the Bruins/Penguins playoff series will begin on Saturday following the results of tonight’s Red Wings/Blackhawks tilt.