NHL: League Delays Games, but Who Does It Benefit?
The NHL decided to follow the NBA’s lead and shut down the league for a couple of days due to inequality issues. Players wanted to get their voices heard. The entire league had support and we will see where this goes.
With games resuming on Saturday, who does this couple of days layoff benefit the most in each of the four respective series remaining?
In the Boston Bruins vs Tampa Bay Lightning series, it definitely benefits Boston more than Tampa Bay. It appeared as if the Lightning were starting to hit their stride after a 7-1 win in Game 3. The Bruins will have a couple of days to rest and get healthy.
Boston got crushed and they could maybe have a reset also. Tampa wants to get back to playing as soon as they can possibly can and they have yet to have Steven Stamkos this postseason, with Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point stealing the show for them.
In the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers series, this benefits the New York Islanders. Philadelphia won Game 2 in overtime by Philippe Meyer just 2:41 in. They were going to play Game 3 on Thursday night and I would have liked their chances. Game 3 will now be played on Saturday afternoon.
Claude Giroux has disappeared for them and maybe this will be a wake-up call for him. He is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of this Philadelphia Flyers team though nonetheless. Giroux, Sean Couturier, and Travis Konecny make this a solid first line though nonetheless.
As for the New York Islanders, they could reset and refigure out their game.
In the Dallas Stars and the Colorado Avalanche series, this really doesn’t benefit anyone. Both of these teams will be scoring in bunches by the time Game 4 comes on Sunday at a time to be determined.
In the Vancouver Canucks and the Vegas Golden Knights series, it will be no one getting an advantage. Both Games 1 and 2 were blowouts, so no one gets a real advantage.
The games that were supposed to be played on Thursday and Friday was Game 3 of PHI vs NYI, Game 3 of VGK vs VAN, Game 4 of TB vs BOS, and Game 4 of COL vs DAL.
The NHL just announced its schedule for this weekend. On Saturday, Game 4 of TB vs BOS noon on NBC, PHI vs NYI Game 3 on NBCSN at 7 p.m., and VGK vs VAN Game 3 on NBCSN at 9:45 p.m.
On Sunday, Game 4 of COL vs DAL 6 p.m.on NBCSN, Game 4 of PHI vs NYI 8 p.m. on NBC, and VGK vs VAN 10:30 p.m. NBCSN.
What do you think of the temporary pause and how it will affect a lot of series? Leave a comment below.
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