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NHLers Have Mixed Feelings On New Playoff Format; NBC Blasted For Postseason Schedule
Published April 15, 2014
SCHEDULING CONFLICTS: In Philadelphia, Sam Carchidi wrote the NHL in a way "spit in the faces" of the Flyers and Rangers when it released its Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule Sunday. But "it DID manage to get the teams onto national TV on consecutive Sundays!" The Flyers-Rangers schedule "is a joke, mostly because if the series goes the limit, the teams will play Games 6 and 7 on consecutive nights at different arenas." If this series goes seven games, the winner "will be worn down by the condensed schedule and will be at a severe disadvantage in the next round" against the Penguins-Blue Jackets winner. But the league "doesn’t care," because the Flyers and Rangers "figure to get big national TV ratings, and, sadly, that’s all that seems to matter to commissioner Gary Bettman and his sidekicks" (PHILLY.com, 4/13). On Long Island, Steve Zipay wrote the Flyers-Rangers' noon game on Easter Sunday is "ridiculous." Zipay sarcastically wrote, "Good way to pay back the loyal fan bases in those two cities on a religious holiday." The game is on NBC and so is Game 5, while "the others aren't even on" NBCSN, which carried regular season games. They are "on CNBC" instead (NEWSDAY.com, 4/14). SNY's Chris Carlin sarcastically said of the schedule, "That's a way to get your best quality hockey. Wake up Gary, this is a debacle" ("Loud Mouths," SNY, 4/14).