In what can only be described as an embarrassing decision and a slap in the face to both Avalanche and Stars players as well as their fan bases the NHL announced late last night the start time for the teams’ Game 7.
It will be this afternoon at 2 p.m. and the game will be televised on USA, interrupting what was supposed to be a 14-hour “Law and Order: SVU” marathon.
The decision was made when the Vancouver Canucks beat the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 6 of that series to force a Game 7, which will be Friday evening at 7 p.m.
I understand that having both Western Conference series taking place in the same arena is a challenge, but the solution isn’t that difficult. Give Vegas and Vancouver a day off and have Game 7 Saturday.
I’m sure the players were aware of the possibility earlier than we as fans and media were, but still to just find out the game time for the biggest game of your season less than 24 hours in advance is a joke. And for fans to potentially not be able to watch because they have regular jobs and again weren’t given enough advance warning to take the day off is just as bad.
And listen, the channel a game is on shouldn’t really matter, once you’re tuned in it’s all the same. But compare the NBA to the NHL, the Nuggets and Jazz goes seven and it’s on prime time on ABC, while the Avs-Stars series on a Friday afternoon on USA. Just embarrassing.
Avs-Stars series results and schedule
|Game 1||Dallas 5, Colorado 3||Box score|
|Game 2||Dallas 5, Colorado 2||Box score|
|Game 3||Colorado 6, Dallas 4||Box score|
|Game 4||Dallas 5, Colorado 4||Box score|
|Game 5||Colorado 6, Dallas 3||Box score|
|Game 6||Colorado 4, Dallas 1||Box score|
|Date||Time (MT)||Home team||TV|
|Fri., Sept. 4||2 p.m.||Colorado||USA|
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