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Canucks Lobbying For Playoff Schedule Change To Avoid Back-to-Back [Report]

Reports are the Vancouver Canucks have lobbied the NHL to move a potential Game 7 because they don’t want to have a back-to-back.

Apparently, Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini and general manager Jim Benning don’t like the idea of having to play a Game 6 and possible Game 7 on back-to-back nights. In fact, they dislike the idea so much, they’ve reportedly lobbied the NHL to change the schedule to benefit the team.

The way the schedule is set between the Golden Knights and Canucks right now is that Game 6 is on Thursday, with Game 7 to follow on Friday night, less than 24 hours after the previous contest ends. Granted, it’s a crappy schedule. That said, it’s the type of schedule teams have been working with since the playoffs began.

NHL insider and former Sportsnet analyst John Shannon is the person who broke the story and it’s getting some interesting reactions.

‘We’ll Make It Up to You’ Say the Canucks

As a trade, should the NHL grant this request, the Canucks have offered to play a back-to back- game in the Western Conference Final. That is, assuming the team makes it that far.

It would be shocking if the NHL granted the request. Doing so would open up a huge can of worms for other teams who find themselves in a similar situation and there would be outcries of favoritism.

The NHL bubble environment has forced games to move a lot more quickly than they normally would. For the most part, it’s not been an issue because teams are located in the same hotel, playing in the same building and have no travel, other than to change locker rooms for home and away games. That must not be enough for the Canucks, who for some reason, have decided to direct their focus past Game 6, as if they’re going to win the game.

The argument against granting the request is a simple one: if you didn’t want to have to play a Game 7 and potentially on the heels of a Game 6, you probably shouldn’t have gone down 3-1 in the series.

But, I guess you’ll never know if you don’t ask.

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