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by George Malik on 05/07/13 at 07:11 PM ET
I have just come back from my first shopping trip in two weeks. I am exhausted (stupid norovirus has taken a liking to its unwelcome abode, and despite casting verbal aspersions its way, it has informed me that it does not wish to leave) and grumpy, so I'm going to proffer a Huge Show-style conspiracy theory--and please bear in mind that I'm saying this with a heavy dose of sarcasm:
Is it just me, or are the NHL's TV schedule-makers trying to milk every last ounce of sleep out of Wings' fans bones before the team moves to the Eastern Conference?
Tomorrow night's game starts at 10 PM EDT, and just as the case was on Monday, the Red Wings will host Game 6 at the time too many lower-bowl fans show up fashionably late to the Joe:
NHL ANNOUNCES GAME TIME FOR GAME SIX BETWEEN RED WINGS AND DUCKS
… 8 p.m. Puck Drop at Joe Louis Arena Friday …
Detroit, MI...Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinal matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks will start at 8 p.m. this Friday, May 10, at Joe Louis Arena (Fox Sports Detroit and 97.1 The Ticket). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Game Five of the series is set for Wednesday, May 8, at 10:00 p.m. ET at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA (Fox Sports Detroit and 97.1 The Ticket).
The Wings have to go along with what the league tells them to, and at leastthis one is on a Friday, so if the game goes to overtime, it won't end at 11:30 or 12 unless we're in for a Slava Kozlov in 1997-style triple OT affair.
Still, should the Wings advance, we're going to see more 8 PM starts, and the later-round games almost always start at 8 PM EDT regardless of the time zone the team hosting the game plays in...And I don't know what I think about the concept of making hockey games into almost assured late-nighters for those living in Eastern and Central time zones, especially given that national TV games have longer intermissions and sometimes particularly chunky TV timeouts.
The last time I checked the stats, an average hockey game took about 2 hours and 42 minutes to complete, and playoff games obviously tend to go a little longer. What do you think about the almost assured 11-or-later finish guaranteed by an 8 PM start?
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