Sunday, November 28, 2010

Adventures in scheduling

In the long run, the following rant is not important, doesn't require any major change, isn't going to ignite World War III and is essentially tongue-in-cheek.

I know Sunday is basically reserved for football in America, but a good way to not get your teams exposure, NHL, is to schedule their games all at once! There's three Sunday games in the NHL and they all begin at 5 p.m. ET. Apparently the schedule makers don't know how to stagger their games. Starting the three games at, say, 5, 6 and 7 could've worked nicely, because when one game goes to an intermission, the next game should still be going on.

No, let's have them all play at the same time so that viewers have to flip back and forth and can't dedicate themselves to one game.

Columbus (14-7-0) at Detroit (14-4-2)

Battle for first in the Central Division, Take Two. These teams just met on Friday and Jimmy Howard made 34 saves, including one on a penalty shot, and Valtteri Filppula's power play goal in the third period gave the Red Wings a 2-1 victory.

Word is Steve Mason will start and he's managed to string a few good games in a row. The Blue Jackets are 8-1 on the road; Detroit is 9-1-2 at home.

Detroit 4, Columbus 2

Carolina (10-10-2) at Washington (16-6-2)

One team in the league has a double-digit win total at home: The Capitals, at 11-1-1. Translation: The Hurricanes have no chance, even if they held Washington to three goals in the first two meetings (both losses).

Washington 5, Carolina 2

Boston (12-7-2) at Atlanta (11-9-3)

The Thrashers have won four in a row and Ondrej Pavelec is red-hot. Atlanta's got a lot of nice depth; no real premiere players but a lot of ones who know how to get the job done. The Bruins are coming off being shut out at home by Carolina; good thing they're 8-2 on the road.

Boston 3, Atlanta 1

Back to football!

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