Load up the BBs: Kings-Blues clubbing will start Saturday-Monday in St. Louis, then May 3 and 6 in L.A.

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The NHL could have waited until after the two Game 7s of this week’s Eastern Conference quarterfinal series ended to announce the start of the Western Conference semifinals. Thankfully, it didn’t.

The Kings’ second-round, seven-game series against the St. Louis Blues will start Saturday, with Game 2 on Monday, before heading to Staples Center for Games 3 and 4 on Thursday, May 3 and Sunday, May 6. The faceoff times, and NBC TV outlets, has not been sorted out yet.

(For those wondering: The BB King’s Blues Club that used to be at Univeral City Walk is long gone. The franchise has places in Orlando, Memphis, Nashville, Vegas and West Palm Beach. Not in Utah? Isn’t that where the Jazz thrives these days? Or did they miss the playoffs?)

The other Western Conference semifinal between Phoenix and Nashville starts Friday and Sunday in Phoenix. Games 3 and 4 in Nashville will be Wednesdday, May 2, and Friday May 4.

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