The Blackhawks won’t be back on the ice in a game setting until Sunday afternoon. Game 1 of the Western Conference final will be on Sunday in Anaheim at 2 p.m. Central. Here’s the full schedule, with all times central:
Game 1: Sunday, 2 p.m.
Game 2: Tuesday, 8 p.m.
Game 3: Thursday, 7 p.m.
Game 4: Next Saturday, 7 p.m.
Game 5: May 25, 8 p.m.
Game 6: May 27, 7 p.m.
Game 7: May 30, 7 p.m.
That will be 10 days between games for the Hawks following their sweep of the Minnesota Wild. The Ducks wrapped up their five-game win over Calgary this past Sunday.
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville wasn’t concerned about the Hawks’ momentum.
“I think it’ll probably be neutralized with the momentum that they got,” he said. “But [momentum is] definitely a factor, in games, between games, going into series. But I would say we’re probably both at that same stage, where you get some momentum going, you feel good about the win, but at the same time, they’ve gone 8-1 in their series. So I think they probably feel good about themselves.”
Quenneville held one of his longest and hardest practices of the season on Wednesday to help get the Hawks back in game shape.
“Ten days between games is a long stretch, and you want to make sure that you try different things and make sure you’re stimulated coming into it, as well,” he said. “We try to simulate as much game situations as we can, and try to get the pace to be game situational and work off of that.”