I think the networks have had a big hand in determining game start times. They likely told the NHL when they could best fit the games into their preexisting programming.
Next Tuesday's game starts at 8pm local time - typically a death sentence for attendance with kids still in school. Hopefully the 'Round 2' novelty will retain some allure for a game or two. I still expect sellouts.
Sorry but I'm pretty sure this has nothing to do with families and everything to do with ratings in the eastern part of Canada.
I expect a much better effort from the Preds in game two. Seems like the layoff hurt them a bit. Like I said at the start of the series, first goals will be bigger than normal in this series. Score first and you'll probably win.
Rinne was like an event horizon that pucks just kept disappearing into. Even the one that went in hit his pad first. Canucks need a LOT more traffic on him going forward. If he sees it, he's gonna stop it.
As for the rest of the team...did Nashville think the game started at 7:30? Yeesh. I hope the 'nucks don't think it's going to be like that every game.
We have to bury more of the shots if we want to win games, there seemed to be only one team on the ice for the first two periods.
Lack of finish is becoming a concern in these playoffs. It has been since game 1 against Chicago. The Canucks are generating good offensive pressure, but they're simply not putting teams away. The powerplay in particular is complicit here...it's way down from its regular season production.
It would good for Roberto, mentally and physically, if the guys would give him more than a 1 goal lead to work with for a game here and there. Particularly disturbing is the fact they started hotdogging and setting up razzle-dazzle passing plays as the game wore on instead of bearing down and driving the net.
Preds clearly need to be a lot better if they don't want to get swept, but the Canucks better clean their game up as well if they want to keep winning. I think I like this team better when they're scared vs when they're confident.
Fischer and Weber are gonna be huge and Geoffreon is a good 3rd line center guy.
I expect a crazy Preds effort next game.
I like Kesler, Raymond, Hamhuis and Bieksa the most. I hope Aaron Rome gets pneumonia and Chris Tanev gets sent up or Salo/Alberts get better. I hate Aaron Rome. I wish he were a Calgary Flame or Maple Leaf. Yeah. I wish he were paired with Phanuef hahha could you imagine that dazzling pair?