Conference Final Schedule Could Be a Mess
May 10, 2011 15 Comments
From Douglas Flynn of NESN:
The Lightning’s home rink, the St. Pete Times Forum, is booked from Thursday, May 19 through Sunday, May 22 for Disney on Ice Presents Toy Story 3.
And to think, Wayne Gretzky once called the New Jersey Devils a Mickey Mouse organization. What would the Great One think of the Lightning’s own building having so little faith that Tampa Bay would still be playing in late May that it booked Disney’s ice dancers for seven shows over four consecutive days?
If the Sharks and Wings need to settle things in a Game 7 on Thursday, the Bruins won’t be able to start their series until Saturday. That pushes Game 2 to Monday and the series won’t shift to Tampa until Wednesday for Game 3, with no available ice for Game 4 until the following Monday, May 23. That’s a heck of a long wait in the middle of a series, especially a series that followed a break of more than a week from the previous round.
The other option would be to squeeze in the first four games before Thursday, but playing back-to-back games on both Saturday and Sunday in Boston and Tuesday and Wednesday in Tampa is far from ideal, especially with Versus and NBC looking to alternate days between the Eastern and Western Conference finals.