The Vancouver Canucks have one of those 'biggest games of the year' Sunday when they host the L.A. Kings in game 5 of their opening round series. The team now knows when to show up at the rink as the NHL announced the game's start time on Friday.
The Canucks and Kings game Sunday, April 22 will start at 8 p.m. eastern time, 5 p.m. Pacific time. The league was waiting for the results of games played on Friday evening before settling on the times for games to be played Sunday. There will be two other games on the 22nd.
NHL playoff schedule set for April 22
There were a total of 4 games scheduled Sunday but after Nashville beat Detroit Friday night that gave them the series, 4 games to 1, eliminating the Red Wings from the playoffs and naturally eliminating a reason for them to play Sunday. The Preds now have a potentially long layoff as they wait to see who their opponent will be in the next round.
There are now just two more games besides the Canucks/Kings on Sunday, one is Pittsburgh, who beat the Flyers 3-2 Friday, traveling to Philadelphia down 3 games to 2. That game starts at noon eastern time, 9 a.m. Pacific . The other series scheduled Sunday has the Boston Bruins in Washington to play the Capitals, starting at 3 p.m. eastern, noon in the west. Tied at 2 games apiece, those clubs also play Saturday, in Boston, at the same time.
Canucks and Senators: Canada's Cup hopefuls
The Vancouver game will get attention in Canada as they are one of only two Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs this season. The other, the Ottawa Senators, are holding their own against the New York Rangers, tied at 2 games despite missing their captain, Daniel Alredsson after he sustained a concussion following a dirty hit from Ranger Carl Hagelin, who was suspended 3 games.
Along with a flurry of headshots and other dirty hits, suspensions and a lack of suspensions, the Kings going up 3-0 on the Canucks and the Flyers doing the same to the Pens have been the big stories of the first-round of the playoffs. Vancouver will try and join the Penguins in staving off elimination a second straight game and taking their series back on the road.