After what seemed like an eternity, the NHL finally sent out the 2nd round series schedule today between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild. The schedule of course doesn’t do any favors for any Chicago Blackhawks fans that live on the east coast or any kids that like to watch the Chicago Blackhawks and have school the next morning. For the 2nd straight series the Chicago Blackhawks are being punished for being in the Western Conference even though the city is east of the Mississippi River.
As much as we make like to make fun of the Detroit Red Wings for bailing on the Chicago Blackhawks to move to the Eastern Conference, it totally makes sense this time of year with every start time getting later and later. Last series the Blackhawks played 3 8;30 (really 8;45pm) starts against Nashville, and now 2 out of the first 4 games against the Minnesota Wild will be at the 8:30 Central Start Time. This doesn’t help the casual fan even though the NHL sees it as a way to get all games on Nationally for all viewing audiences.
The NBC family of networks can use multiple outlets so there really is no real reason to start the games so late! In the meantime here is the schedule for the 2nd round series between the Minnesota Wild and the Chicago Blackhawks
Game #1 Friday May 1st Minnesota Wild Vs Chicago Blackhawks 8;30pm United Center NBCSN
Game #2 Sunday May 3rd Minnesota Wild Vs Chicago Blackhawks 7:30pm United Center NBCSN
Game #3 Tuesday May 5th Chicago Blackhawks vs Minnesota Wild 7:30pm Xcel Energy Center NBCSN
Game #4 Thursday May 7th Chicago Blackhawks Vs Minnesota Wild 8:30pm Xcel Energy Center, NBCSN
Game #5 Saturday May 9th Minnesota Wild Vs Chicago Blackhawks TBA United Center
Game #6 Monday May 11th Chicago Blackhawks vs Minnesota Wild TBA Xcel Energy Center
Game #7 Wednesday May 13th Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks TBA United Center
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As you know these two teams have met the last two years in the playoffs with some memorable goals being scored. Here is just a few of my favorite goals the first being from Game #1 2013 in overtime.
There also was a Showtime goal from Patrick Kane something that only Patrick Kane could do.
And finally the Series clincher last spring on a goal many didn’t see go in until the replay although Patrick Sharp did put it in for fun.
The schedule is out finally!! What do you think? Too many late games?
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