All Sens fans are aware that the atmosphere at Sens/Leafs games isn't much fun for Sens fans who have to put up with obnoxious Leafs fans and our team getting its ass kicked on a lot of nights.
Although we have a better team and should win, often we don't. One of the reasons that everyone is pointing to for this is the fact that the Sens, for every Leafs game this year, have to play a back to back, sometimes a third in 4 nights. This is shrugged off by the media as a scheduling anomaly.
Toronto traditionally plays on a Saturday night, so they get prioritized for Saturday games. Furthermore, the ACC is host to another team, the Raptors, for whom the NHL must schedule with/around. That means we get bumped down the priority list for scheduling.
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Barring some kind of exogenous factor that results in this regular occurrence (i.e. scheduling for other events at SBP always following a particular pattern) this shouldn't be acceptable. I understand that it can't always work out evenly, but 11 out of 12 games? That's insane.
I believe the Sens asked for Friday games and CBC (read the Leafs network) want Saturdays. So with TSN wanting Wednesday games that may exacerbate the problem especially if the Leafs avoid Friday games on purpose to minimize back to back on weekends.
Did you check to see how many of those back to back are caused by playing a Friday compared with the Leafs who tend to play almost every Saturday?
Seriously, this is just whining for whining's sake...Ottawa is most likely going to the playoffs and has a sweet future shaping up. Toronto most likely will assume the distinction of longest drought without making the postseason and not much hope in sight either. Sour grapes over something really insignificant
This years series is done. But this should not happen next year.
There are a couple of datesthis year when the Sens meet the Leafs not on Saturday
but still played the night before. There are lots of occassions where they play
another team on Saturday but dont play the Friday before.
It is the league catering to a big market team that they are hoping will make it back into the playoffs this year and serving up a small market team that was suppsed to be a bottom feeder.
Maybe they over played their hand this year and now people have taken notice.
Going forweard this should not be permitted. Back to backs yes, but not the second in back to backs in every single meeting of the season
Any team has X number of back to backs, you argue it's better to have them against the Leafs instead of the Bruins. The season series is 3-3, which is good for back to back games, and included some lucky snit in the last game. Could be worse if you played a top tier team for some of those. It just sucks more when the Sens lose to the Leafs.
meh, there's a million of other factors that go into making a schedule (arena availability, tv commitments, travel, etc.). either way, i'm sure NHL players have gotten used to playing on back-to-back nights by now. i mean, the majority of them played in the CHL where 2-3 games over the weekend is the norm. yeah, i know, it's not the NHL, but traveling via greyhound isn't exactly first class. if it makes you feel any better, the leafs aren't/haven't making/made the playoffs with this so-called schedule advantage.
Truly absurd. Not sure how the NHL can be okay with this, no team should have to be at that large of a disadvantage, especially two seasons in a row. You got to wonder just how much of a difference it would have made to the season series if even half those games were under better circumstances for the Sens.
Murray and Melnyk should not be happy with that. Something that should definitely be brought to the attention of Bettman and co so that it doesn't happen next year for a third straight time.