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NHL's brutal decision for playoff schedule angers Oilers fans

Published May 7, 2024 at 4:42 PM

The upcoming playoff series between the Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks is generating substantial buzz across the NHL community, yet the excitement is tinged with a sense of disbelief over the NHL's unexpected scheduling decisions.

In a move that has left many hockey enthusiasts scratching their heads, the NHL has opted not to feature the Oilers and Canucks in the coveted Saturday night slot, traditionally reserved for Hockey Night in Canada. Instead, this prime-time spotlight will shine on four American teams, breaking with what many consider an essential part of Canadian sports culture.

This scheduling decision is particularly perplexing given the presence of the NHL's marquee player, Connor McDavid, in the series. It's no secret that Canadian teams often feel sidelined in favor of U.S. matchups, and this latest schedule has not been well-received. The debate over the late start times for West Coast games is a perennial issue, but the omission of a Saturday night game has struck a nerve more sharply than usual.

Social media platforms have become battlegrounds for frustrated fans on both sides of the Oilers/Canucks divide. Numerous fans have voiced their dismay, highlighting how this decision impacts their experience and their ability to engage with the series.

While the full series schedule has now been released, including start times for the initial games in Vancouver, it appears Oiler fans will need to adjust their schedules for an 8:20 PM MT start. Fortunately, the potential game 6, which could be crucial, is slated for a national broadcast on a Saturday night.

Regardless of the scheduling quirks, the anticipation for this series remains high. True fans of the Oilers, Canucks, and hockey in general are gearing up for what promises to be an exhilarating clash. As always, the passion for hockey transcends time slots and broadcasting decisions, proving that for the fans and players alike, it's the game that matters most
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NHL's brutal decision for playoff schedule angers Oilers fans

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