Tuesday, April 18, 2006

 

Oilers Playoff Schedule

The Oilers-Red Wings playoff schedule has finally been announced, and Datsyuk gets one day less injury rest than expected.

Mountain Daylight Time, of course

Game 1: Friday at Detroit, 5 p.m.
Game 2: Sunday at Detroit, 11 a.m.
Game 3: Tuesday, April 25 at Edmonton, 8 p.m.
Game 4: Thursday, April 27 at Edmonton, 7:30 p.m.
*Game 5: Saturday, April 29 at Detroit, 1 p.m.
*Game 6: Monday, May 1 at Edmonton, 8 p.m.
*Game 7: Wednesday, May 3 at Detroit, 5 p.m.

I know Detroit was resting a few guys tonight (Legace, Lidstrom, Zetterberg), but it's not like they didn't have anything to play for; a win would have tied the 1979-80 Canadiens' streak of 21 straight games with a point.

Instead, the Red Wings end their regular season by getting spanked by the Predators 6-3.

I have no doubt that this will be spun by the Wings faithful as a welcome wake-up call/just what the doctor ordered going into playoffs/great for preventing overconfidence/blah, blah, blah.

Whatever.

Query: We all know that nhl-ers hate afternoon games, but are there any figures on whether they favour the home or away team?

Comments:

For those (like me) who were having difficulty reconciling those late starts, those are, of course, Eastern Time, no?
 


They were, but I've updated them to MDT.
 


I can't speak for the players, but I hate day games. I don't know the actual numbers, but my mind is telling me that the Oilers do very poorly in day games.
 


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Oilers have played two day games this season. One was a 5-4 shootout loss in St. Louis on Feb. 12, and the other was a 3-2 OT win against Nashville in Edmonton on Mar. 5.

Detroit is 6-3-1 in early games this season (3-2-0 at home)
 


No spin here Sac. We see last night's loss as a certain sign that the Wings are in deep, deep trouble. Losing a meaningless game while resting Zetterberg and Lidstrom? Tragic. Oilers in 4.
 


It can't help the Oilers to be playing a game at 11am their local time.

In terms of playoff day games...the Oilers are 1-1 in the last 9 years, ie a one goal loss in G6 vs Dal in '97 and a one goal win in G2 in Dallas in '01.
 


I have to say, for the all important gathering at my place for the first game of the playoffs, I prefer this schedule.
 

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