Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Stanley Cup final schedule

The National Hockey League today released the schedule of dates for the 2007 Stanley Cup Final, which will begin Monday, May 28 in Anaheim or Detroit.

The start time for all Stanley Cup Final games will be 8 p.m., ET.

VERSUS will telecast Games 1 and 2 in the U.S., while NBC will broadcast Games 3 through 7. In Canada, CBC and RDS will provide coverage for the entire series. All games will be broadcast on NHL Radio.

(all start times 8 p.m., ET)

Game 1 Monday, May 28
Game 2 Wednesday, May 30
Game 3 Saturday, June 2
Game 4 Monday, June 4
Game 5 * Wednesday, June 6
Game 6 * Saturday, June 9
Game 7 * Monday, June 11

* if necessary
I wish I'd posted my thoughts before this came out, as this is exactly what I thought they'd do with the schedule (although I'm surprised the Saturday games aren't in the afternoon).

The Senators will have eight full days off between games, which is far too many.


At 2:32 p.m., May 22, 2007, Blogger FAUXRUMORS said...

1) Talk about your momentum killer! If the West ends tonight, then there will be no hockey for 6 days!
2) We understand that arenas need to be booked ahead of time, but its too bad they couldn't have waited until after tonight's game and possibly schedule a weekend start to the Finals!

At 4:24 p.m., May 22, 2007, Anonymous mc keeper said...

I had read the Anaheim arena was booked for Saturday night, that is why the potential start of the finals is pushed back. As a Red Wing fan I am hoping the Anaheim arena sees its last game tonight.

At 4:47 p.m., May 22, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

But what about a Thursday, Friday or Sunday start?

The league always seems to go Monday, Wednesday, Saturday for the finals for some reason.

At 5:04 p.m., May 22, 2007, Anonymous Shaq said...

Another black mark for the NHL. What an embarrassment for this league. Hockey shouldn’t be played this far into June. For one thing, the ice is increasingly bad. Second, the people who actually care about hockey are awaking from winter and don’t want to be cooped up indoors. Any momentum from the Conference Finals will be gone. If Anaheim wins tonight, it will 8 days off for Ottawa and 5 days off for Anaheim. Rest is good, but eight days is too much. So who ends up with the advantage? Anaheim – the team that took longer to win its series. What’s the reward here for going 12-3? The league’s integrity is really in shambles. Who is making decisions here? If you knew today that Game 1 couldn’t start on Saturday (if Anaheim wins), then you knew that on Sunday as well. Why has the league waited an extra two days to announce the schedule? It’s almost like “Oh. It’s kinda tough for fans/ advertisers/ networks to plan if we don’t tell them. Oh. I guess we should think of the multitude of possibilities! Oh wait. There are only 2.”

At 6:12 p.m., May 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps this is a sad attempt to give either American team an advantage?

At 6:33 p.m., May 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Sens finished the first two rounds quickly and had to wait for their next opponent. I didn't stop them from winning the first game of the next series, so I don't think it would give either the Ducks or Wings any advantage. I give the advantage to NBC.


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