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Avalanche-Stars Game 7 is 2 p.m. Friday. Here’s why it’s so early

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EDMONTON, ALBERTA – So, here’s my prediction: Some Avalanche fans will be playing hooky tomorrow, either from school or from work. The Avalanche-Stars Game 7 will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Rogers Arena here in E-Town.

Everybody on Twitter seemed shocked tonight by this 2 p.m. thing when I first got wind of it. Lots of ripping on the NHL, lots of “what????” What a lot of people didn’t seem to realize tonight: A potential Vegas-Vancouver Game 7 was going to be tomorrow night, no matter what. For that to happen, the Canucks had to win Game 6, which they did.

So, there are two Game 7s in the same building tomorrow, and the Avs and Stars get the early game. A lot of you are now asking: why are they rushing these games so much? Why doesn’t Vegas-Vancouver just wait and play Saturday.

The answer: money. The NHL wants these games to move right along – especially the earlier-round games. Every single day that these teams are here in Edmonton – and in Toronto – is costing the NHL in the high six figures, maybe even the low seven figures.

I think the schedule will be more spaced out for the conference finals and Cup finals, but for now the NHL’s attitude is: let’s keep the trains running. Every off day for teams, just sitting around the hotel, is money out the window. Sorry folks, but these are strange times, a time of pandemic and no fans in the stands. It might seem an outrage to have a an Avalanche Game 7 at 2 p.m., but this is just a second-round series, and the fact is much of the country doesn’t care about the NHL’s second round.

Another reason why it’s earlier: The Vegas-Vancouver game is 7 p.m. mountain. The NHL needs to 1. Allow 90 minutes between games for cleaning/sanitizing purposes and 2. Allow some time for overtime. If the Avs and Stars go triple-OT or something, then the earlier start the better.

Hey, it’ll be fun folks. If you have a day off, take it. If not, sneak a peek on your phone or follow along on Coloradohockeynow.com, to the only United States media outlet actually here.

See you at 2 p.m. for Avalanche-Stars. The game will be broadcast on the USA Network.

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Matt Briggle

Working from home, so I can cope with this. I had fiddled my hours so I could clock out at 3:45 and be ready for a 4pm start, but whatever. I’m sure the teams were made aware of the time options so they’ll be ready, and hey, we played great in the afternoon games against AZ. What’s more amazing to me is that we had 3/4 series in this round go to 7 games after 3-1 deficits, that has to be some kind of record right?

bhgodlygovt

Yeah, that’s all good for those of you able to get off work early or didn’t work tomorrow, or have a schedule that allows you to be able to watch games that early. Even a 5PM Eastern time start would be better than a 4PM start. You being able to watch a full Game 7 live doesn’t do anything for those of us without that luxury, of course you’re not upset about it. I mean, I have watched a couple of the games in this series recorded instead of live, so it won’t be the first time I’ve had to… Read more »

Matt Briggle

I feel for you. I’ve had to do that many times during my days working retail. I even used to put a sign up on the counter at the Circle K where I was working graveyard asking customers not to mention anything about the game so I could watch the dvr when i got home in the morning.

B

Victim mode

NSW

I can see why the country doesn’t care about a 2nd round series. If the NHL doesn’t, why should anyone else.

Though I’m sure moving a game 7 one day would have nearly bankrupt the league, so I like get it.

dudleyconrad

The league bet the house on one of these series ending early and lost. It’s a missed opportunity; they bungled the schedule, period. Only the NHL could pull off a SNAFU like this.

Grzegorz Kociuba

10 pm in Poland. I’m in heaven

Catatafish

11 pm in Finland. We say a big thanks for this. I’ve been waking up 3 am, 4 am, 5 am and 6 am for these playoffs to watch it live. And then been the sleepy guy at work lol.

Jared Moss

4pm eastern! Haha woop woop GO AVS GO!

JD16

Nice…The series so far has been kind to my uncle in Australia. Not so much for game 7 of all games. He’ll be feeling your early morning “pains.” But it’s game 7 so who cares, right. Go Avs!

bernieslugs

5pm here in Mackinnon’s hometown 🙂

colin

I guess I get it. With a forced game 7 in the east and they get a day off I figured they would give the same to Vancouver and Vegas. Youre right, every day is lots of money for this stuff and if they can send 2 teams home today.. thats half off the price for the remaining teams in the west..

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Dirk H Futrell

so the players took off last Thursday and Friday over dumb shit and now they need to get the games in because its costing the NHL money. Very well thought out ! Good job reaves, punk !

Brady

So… there wasn’t a Avs-Stars game 7 already scheduled as well? Or did they just “cancel” that one since the series was 3-1? I think there is some BS going on here.. like maybe the protest delay screwed up the schedule..

HARBINDER SINGH

2pm here in bc got day off GO AVS GO!

Redbird

So many holes in the logic presented in this article. But the most glaring one: Why does the NHL need to start the Vegas-Vancouver game at 6pm in their home time zone? Push that one back to 7:30 or 8pm for their fans in their time zone, then the timeline for the day pretty much takes care of itself. As it is, all 4 fan bases are getting screwed.

Jordan R Leonard

I am confused on so many levels. This says it was posted the 4th 13 hours ago, which I guess if it was posted in a different time zone that would make sense, but here 13 hours ago was yesterday, but in the article it is written like people would be reading it last night. Another thing is it acts like it was announced last night, and maybe it is because I didn’t look at Twitter, but at 2 AM here in Colorado the NHL App still said TBD for both games and the knights/canucks game was slotted before the… Read more »

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