The Vancouver Canucks take the last step towards an NHL championship on Wednesday night as they host the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Rogers Arena. The Canucks have been resting on their laurels since downing the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals to earn the right to play for the Stanley Cup. The Bruins, on the other hand, were stretched to the limits by the Tampa Bay Lightning as they took Game 7 on Friday night, 1-0.
With both the NBA and Stanley Cup Finals running simultaneously, it's an excellent time of year to be a sports fan. Game 1 gets underway on Wednesday night, and here is the information you need to make your viewing experience an excellent one.
Game time and location: The Canucks and Bruins face-off at 5 p.m. PDT. The Canucks have home-ice in the Stanley Cup Finals, and will host the first two games of the series at Rogers Arena because of it.
TV coverage: It gets a bit odd here in the Northwest, but you should be able to easily find the game. The Canucks and Bruins can be found on KONG 6/16 in Seattle, as well as on CBUT. For the rest of the country, Game 1 should be available on your local NBC affiliate.
Previews: Your one-stop resource for all things Vancouver Canucks is SB Nation's Nucks Misconduct. You can find a superb look at the numbers and a preview of Game 1 from them here. SB Nation's Travis Hughes took a look at whether the Canucks are Canada's team by reaching out to the various Canadian NHL bloggers on the networks to get a feel for how they view the team. The answers may surprise you. You can also find loads of information on Game 1 and the series in this StoryStream.