NHL Should’ve Made the Most of Weekends With Quadruple-Headers

Let’s get straight to the point with this one.  Here’s Saturday’s NHL Stanley Cup Playoff schedule:

 1:00 PM ET
 6:00 PM ET
 8:00 PM ET
 9:00 PM ET

Now here’s your equally well copy-pasted schedule for Sunday:

 

 3:00 PM ET
 7:00 PM ET
 7:30 PM ET
 10:00 PM ET

Yes, the games are terrific.  But here we are at our “There’s got to be a better way!” moment.  You have the entire weekend to schedule eight Stanley Cup Playoff games.  You can control the eyeballs of every addicted puckhead out there, yet you make them flip around between two (and possibly at times) three games, and most of the time – especially in the states – not all can be on television without paying extra for Center Ice or NHL Network.

Now, wouldn’t something like this look better:

Saturday

NY Rangers vs. Washington – 1PM, NBC/TSN

Columbus vs. Detroit – 4PM, VERSUS/TSN

Montreal vs. Boston – 7PM, VERSUS/CBC

Calgary vs. Chicago – 9PM, TSN/VERSUS (JIP)

Wouldn’t this just satisfy everyone?  And if VERSUS wants to dump out on the NHL in the afternoon for IndyCar, give the game to NHL Network like the NHL smartly did for Saturday night.  Now, for Sunday, NBC really wants that timeslot at 3:00 PM ET.  What we would do in that case is as follows:

New Jersey vs. Carolina, 12:30 PM ET, VERSUS/TSN

Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, 3:00 PM ET, NBC/CBC

Vancouver vs. St. Louis, 6:00 PM ET, VERSUS/CBC

San Jose vs. Anaheim, 9:00 PM ET, VERSUS/CBC

Now, we know some people won’t be crazy about the start time for the Devils-Carolina game.  But both schedules give you a full day of hockey to sit through on TV, and if you’re in the arena, you’re home before the game interferes with a schoolnight or worknight.

We think, with some tinkering to appease TV and arena partners, this could be a great move for the NHL to satisfy what fans will watch it on the tube.

5 Responses to NHL Should’ve Made the Most of Weekends With Quadruple-Headers

  1. Leafsfan1967 says:

    Wow this makes so much sense. I think using the NHL Network more is key to making this work and I certainly hope that this Saturday’s game will get good ratings.

    I know the situations are different but the CBC in Canada has demonstrated with their wonderful Hockey Day in Canada, that people will watch hockey from noon to midnight. Sure people come and go but the ratings are solid…

  2. Chris says:

    Saturday’s schedule should be like this:
    NY Rangers vs. Washington – 1PM, NBC/TSN

    Columbus vs. Detroit – 4PM, VERSUS/TSN

    Montreal vs. Boston – 7PM, VERSUS/CBC

    Calgary vs. Chicago – 10PM, TSN/VERSUS

    I know that would be 9pm local time in Chicago, but it’s Saturday night. Those start times would kick ass.

  3. Trizent says:

    Agree with things in theory.

    However, the Habs-Bruins is an 8PM ET start because the Celtics are playing that day at 12:30PM in Boston, so that is the reason for that start time.

  4. dyhrdmet says:

    ooh – doubleheader at Boston Garden. Stacking up the weekend playoff games is what the NBA does. They also make it so that there’s minimal overlap, and that overlap is still televised. the NHL should start with that. your guesses make more sense than what the NHL does.

    keep the Saturday schedule the way it is, and put the Boston game on NHL Network using the CBC feed (just like the regular season HNIC), and give Versus the early-evening DH.

  5. BC says:

    I like it!

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