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Darryl Sutter hates not knowing what time Game 5 will start

Apr 20, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

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The uncertainty surrounding Sunday’s Game 5 between the Canucks and Kings is eating away at L.A. head coach Darryl Sutter.

The problem is this: There could be as many as four playoff games on Sunday — Boston-Washington, Pittsburgh-Philadelphia, Nashville-Detroit and Vancouver-L.A. — or as few as two (if the Flyers and Predators close out their series tonight.)

That’s wreaking havoc on NHL schedule-makers, who are forced to take a wait-and-see approach before finalizing Sunday’s start times.

The wait-and-see approach is also wreaking havoc on Sutter. Here’s what he told Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider:

“It’s only the Stanley Cup playoffs, and it’s only Game 5, but we don’t know what time we’re playing Sunday? We have to travel and set practice plans. I hope it’s not interfering with anything else.

“If you guys find out, tell me. That’s beyond frustrating. I know it’s only a two-hour flight to Vancouver, but say we were going to St. Louis or Detroit, and we still don’t know? And you’re two time zones away? What’s hard about it?

“I understand there’s TV and all that stuff. It does affect. It doesn’t necessarily affect that day, but it certainly affects the team that’s traveling. … I’m going to assume it has something to do with the two Canadian teams, with Ottawa and with the center of the universe [Vancouver] does.

“It’s like getting a horse ready to run on Sunday. He’s got to do things right on Saturday.’’

(Note: Hammond’s original copy says [Vancouver] is the center of the universe, so I left it in considering he procured the quote. That said, everybody knows Canadians call Toronto the center of the universe.)

For the record, Sutter was also choked about having to wait three days between Games 4 and 5 (due to Saturday’s Coldplay concert at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena.)

“I didn’t like having two days between these last two,” he said. “I don’t like having three now. Your series used to be encapsulized and so tight, and staying in the mood.’”

I believe the word Sutter was looking for was “encapsulated.”

/adjusts pocket protector

  1. terminalcityhockey - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Silly Sutter, Toronto is the center of the universe, not Vancouver.

  2. porkcrisp - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    when he says “centre of the universe” , he means Toronto. That’s where CBC is located and start time decisions are made.

  3. ruddigervancity - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    I realize he’s kind of talking tongue-in-cheek, but this has nothing to do with what either Ottawa or Vancouver want. Ottawa plays Saturday, and given any kind of option at all (which I’m fairly certain they aren’t being given), the Canucks would start the game no earlier than 6 or 7.

    Not sure what the hold up is even about – make this the late game, assume that at least one of the other two will go in either the afternoon or 7 EDT. If we get something ridiculous like an 11:00 am PDT start time I’ll be choked.

    • somekat - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      Because the league wants the games to run back to back regardless (if there is 4, back to back to back to back). The more they can space them out, the more they can get ratings out of it. If they come out now and say, “this game starts at 1, this game at 3, this game at 5, and this game at 7. What happens if the 3 o’clock game, and the 5 o’clock game are both called off becuase the series is over? How many viewers would of watched the next game after the 1 o’clock game, but aren’t going to come back 5 hours later for it?

      Like 95% of the decisions that come from the league, this is all about money

  4. solador78 - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Poor Darryl… if he’s misses the earlybird dinner special, how is he supposed to know when to take his pills?

  5. blomfeld - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    I disagreed with Coach Sutter’s decision the other night to offer the Canucks a stay of execution … even though I do appreciate the wisdom of granting them some “token” respect at the end. Nonetheless, it’s enough now with this “magnanimity and gentlemanly” behavior thingt. Come Sunday night, I say finish them off and do it in style ! GO KINGS GO !

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