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The NHL announced on Saturday that Sunday’s game between the New Jersey Devils and Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena has been moved from 7 PM ET to 2 PM ET and will be broadcasted nationally on NBC. In addition, Sunday’s outdoor game at Lake Tahoe between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins got moved from 2 PM ET to 7:30 PM ET.
The decision was made out of the Flyers’ and Bruins’ players’ desires to get out of the sunlight with no cloud covers and expected warm temperatures at Lake Tahoe.
This is the second time in as many days that the time of the outdoor game has been moved. It was originally scheduled for a 3 PM ET puck drop. The game can be seen on NBCSN.
After Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers, the Capitals are 0-3-2 in afternoon games this season.
By Harrison Brown
Another brick in the wall of “Genius” that is Gary Bettman! Maybe this Lake Tahoe joke will be final nail in the coffin of the “Gimmick Games” that he’s become famous for. You want to build the game go into areas of cities that need help or that generally don’t get much coverage! That’s where hockey needs to reach.
But will that make money for the league? That’s Bettman’ s driving factor. I think it would make money as well.
Yeah,Bettman is all about money,but the biggest problem this league is facing is a lack of engaging the minority factor. A lot of new to Canada (& I’ll assume to the US as well) look for ways to fit into the new culture they are coming into,this is NHL should be trying to put time & effort into. Thier was a book called Every day Hockey Heros that came out couple years back,it had couple of great story’s of hockey as an outreach to less fortunate. One had story of community that had gotten 3 children of Syrian refugees into hockey as a way to help them fit into Canadian culture. Second was a story about Wayne Simmons starting ball hockey tournament in summer for kids in community he was raised in which wasn’t a huge hockey community based on economics of area. The tournament has become major event for the area because it’s getting youth that could fall into criminal trouble but now have an outlet.This is what NHL & NHLPA should be getting behind to raise image of game,instead of wasting millions on resort game to impress his buddies!