Today was a big day for the hockey world, as the players united to postpone games and bring some much-needed attention to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Here is the current schedule for the rest of the series. All times are Pacific.
Game 3: Saturday, August 29th (6:45 pm)
Game 4: Sunday, August 30th (7:30 pm)
Game 5: Tuesday, September 1st (6:45pm)
Game 6: Thursday, September 3rd (TBD)
Game 7: Friday, September 4th (TBD)
The back-to-back games after not playing since Tuesday isn’t so bad, but the Canucks are really going to feel the fatigue if this series goes seven games.
Vegas seems (relatively) comfortable playing both goalies, and both have seen at least a couple games of action in these playoffs. Vancouver, on the other hand, seems unlikely to play anyone other than Jacob Markstrom, who has cemented himself as one of the best goalies in the NHL over the past couple of seasons.
Also, Sunday’s Game 4 is slated to start 4.5 hours after the opening puck drop for Dallas and Colorado’s Game 5. If their game goes to overtime, it’s likely we see a late, late puck drop on Sunday, or a scenario where the Canucks potentially play Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday to close out the series.
This doesn’t seem ideal for a team likely to play only one goaltender for the rest of the playoffs.
After an extremely important couple of days off, the Canucks drop the puck on Game 3 Saturday night. Until then, catch up on some of our material on the Black Lives Matter movement and the NHL’s response over the past couple of days.