I guess the NHL changed its mind on the scheduling and is ready to get the party started sooner than later, which is a good thing for NBC and a good thing for people who, you know, actually care about hockey and don’t want to wait for the championship series.
Now, as far as scheduling back-to-back games to start the series, then having two days between Games 5 and 6, and two more days between Games 6 and 7, well that’s pretty stupid. But we all know what tail is wagging the dog, right?
Here’s the official schedule:
2009 Stanley Cup Final — Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Date Match-up Time (ET) National TV
Saturday, May 30 Pittsburgh at Detroit 8 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
Sunday, May 31 Pittsburgh at Detroit TBD evening NBC, CBC, RDS
Tuesday, June 2 Detroit at Pittsburgh 8 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Thursday, June 4 Detroit at Pittsburgh 8 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
* Saturday, June 6 Pittsburgh at Detroit 8 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
* Tuesday, June 9 Detroit at Pittsburgh 8 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
* Friday, June 12 Pittsburgh at Detroit 8 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
* if necessary
I haven’t forgotten by long-since shaven ones. I am in the process of shipping out prizes for the top vote-getters in the Inaugural Paul Mara (unofficially) Rangers Report Playoff Beard Extravaganza brought to you by Festivus and the Boneheads.
PS, I’m pretty impressed that we did more than 200 comments on a nothing day like yesterday. You guys rule (the other possibility is that you have no lives, but I will not entertain that notion … keep on doing what you’re doing).