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Avalanche Round 2 Series with Dallas Stars starts Saturday

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EDMONTON, ALBERTA – Surprise, surprise. The Colorado Avalanche Round 2 series with the Dallas Stars is starting earlier than I – or anyone else, probably – expected. Game 1 of the second-round series is…tomorrow night, at 6 p.m. mountain, after Rogers Place here in Edmonton.

The game will be on Ch. 9 in Denver. The word I’m told, as to why such a quick turnaround from the last series (the Stars played just last night, don’t forget, and the Avs the day before) has something (or maybe a lot) with money. The longer teams sit around in the bubble, the more it’s costing the NHL – and it’s gonna cost a fortune, either way, when all is said and done.

I’ve seen some reports saying this whole thing will cost between $75 million and $100 million to the league. They are paying for everything in this whole thing. No doubt the league negotiated a good room rate at the JW Marriott, but it’s still pricey.

“We want to play as quick as possible,” one NHL source told me.

Also, NBC didn’t have anything special on their broadcast menu for tomorrow night, so a hockey game will do just fine.

So….everybody best be getting those series preview articles done, pronto. You listening, Ashley Glover and Scott MacDonald?!

It’s a surprise to me that it’s starting tomorrow primarily because the league almost always waits until all other series are complete before starting the next round. There could still be two Game 7s on Sunday in the first round (Montreal-Philly, St. Louis-Vancouver).

But, this is obviously a year of unusual circumstances. Let’s play hockey, Avalanche and Stars.

Could this be an advantage to the Avalanche because they’ve had an extra day of rest and only had to play five games in the first round and Dallas played six? I doubt it much, but hey, it’s a theory anyway. We don’t know the rest of the schedule just yet, but that should come out by tomorrow at the latest I would think.

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Catatafish

I’d think they want to hurry up because the virus can hit the fan any second. And the further they get with the playoffs before it, they have a better argument with ”Well we’re almost done here, we have to go through with what little we have left”.

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Matt Briggle

I think the biggest thing in that was that they were looking at a giant gaping hole on network TV in prime time Saturday night that was their’s if they could fill it. I think they definitely do want to get things wrapped up ASAP in the bubble, but there’s only so fast they can move if they don’t do any more back to backs. I would’t be surprised if they do get a 3 day break somewhere early in the series to try and even up the schedule and mitigate any break discrepancy between the winner of this series… Read more »

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