Back-to-back start to the final

This is how much the NHL cares about its players:

The league’s showcase series begins with exhausting, injury-risking back-to-back games.

The Penguins and Red Wings begin the Stanley Cup final Saturday night at 8 in Detroit. Game 2 will be played on Sunday, time to be determined.

The series resumes in Pitsburgh on Tuesday and Thursday.

Game 5, if necessary, will be in Detroit on Saturday, June 6. A Game 6 would be in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, June 9.

If a Game 7 is necessary, it will be played in Detroit on Friday, June 12.

All games are on the CBC. Games 1, 2 and 5 through 7, if necessary, are on NBC in the U.S., with Games 3 and 4 on Versus.

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