I have gotten tons of questions about Sunday's Game 6 start time.
This is just my guess: If the Rangers eliminate the Penguins tonight, the Wild and Blues would likely be 2 p.m. on NBC. If the Penguins win tonight and Sens are eliminated, the Wild and Blues would likely be 7 p.m. BUT, if the Penguins and Senators win tonight, I would guess Wild and Blues would get the must-despised, Central time zone 8:30 (really 8:45) slot.
You want to know what coaches think of it? Ken Hitchcock ended his press conference and humorously walked out when I asked his opinion of them this morning.
"Don't even get me going on that one. It's way past my bedtime," Hitchcock said before dropping the mic.
Here's Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville when asked about the Game 4 of the Blackhawks-Predators series starting ay 8:45 p.m. and ending at 1:16 a.m. due to triple overtime: "I might not be able to answer that question. You should ask the fans who had to get up the next morning for work in Chicago the other night [after the 3OT game]. You look at the eastern, the other side, and the teams out west — basically the teams in our division are getting these 8:30 starts. It’s probably not easy on anybody, including you guys. It is what it is. I think players like 7, 7:30s and let’s go."
Remember, the past two postseasons, it's been the Wild and Blackhawks hit with the most 8:30 starts, which messes up with the routines of everyone, from fans to players to, ahem, the stinkin' media and our deadlines.