Now that they’ve got the little “x” next to their name and have clinched not only a playoff berth but also home-ice advantage in the first round we can start talking about home playoff games at T-Mobile Arena.
The NHL calendar declares this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs will begin on April 11th, but there’s never a guarantee when each team that’s qualified will play their first game.
However, if you check out the calendar for T-Mobile Arena, the home of the Golden Knights, you’ll notice, the NHL is painted into a corner. Sucks for them, great for us.
Justin Timberlake is set to perform on back-to-back nights at T-Mobile, meaning the building will be unavailable for hockey on April 14th and 15th. Once again, the NHL playoffs begin on April 11th.
Since 2010, only one out of 56 first round playoff series have featured back-to-back games in games one and two of a series. None of the 56 first round series saw three days in between games.
The only back-to-back that’s occurred over the past seven years was in 2016 in a series that began in Miami and then headed to Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Oddly enough, All Star head coach Gerard Gallant’s team wound up being the one that paid the price, losing the front end of the back-t0-back and eventually losing the series 4-2. (It’s also the series in which George McPhee “discovered” Reilly Smith.) But it wasn’t due to a conflict in just one building, it needed both to cause the back-to-back.
The series starts with a rare playoff back-to-back on Thursday and Friday, with the NHL saying it was necessary because of a “combination of factors” with other events scheduled at both arenas. The Panthers’ BB&T Center couldn’t host a potential Game 1 on Wednesday because of a concert; the Islanders’ Barclays Center has conflicts on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. -CBS New York on 4/14/16
The most likely opponents for the Golden Knights in the first round are Colorado, Los Angeles, Anaheim, St. Louis, or Minnesota.
The Pepsi Center (Avalanche) has an event scheduled for April 14th, Xcel Energy Center (Wild) has one on April 21st, and Scottrade Center (Blues) is booked on April 23rd. Staples Center and Honda Center are both wide open after the 13th. None of those pose a problem for a potential first round matchup.
Without any other conflict, it’s highly highly highly unlikely the NHL forces the Golden Knights to play back-t0-back games. So, unless they pull something completely
batshit crazy, the Golden Knights will be hosting games one and two of the first round at T-Mobile Arena on April 11th and April 13th.
Tell Timberlake to do his concert between periods!
Thanks for the research. Will plan accordingly
You could start playoff games at 1:00PM either of those days and turn the arena over in time for the concerts.
Only the Saturday, but I know the people at TMobile and they would beg the league not to put them in that situation. They would have to put up the stage, take it down, then put the rink back up, take it back down, and put the stage back up, all in less than 24 hours.
Didn’t think about the timberlake Stage. It’s probably massive and non-standard. Even a 12:00 start would only leave them about 3.5 hours to flip. I’m convinced 4/11 and 4/13.
You wouldn’t want Day games during the week either…
Pretty sure the load in for JT will start at 8 am. There’s no way they can co-exist.
Thanks for the info. Trying to arrange accommodations and flights!
Leaving game 2 to the 16th puts that series way behind the rest and going 1 home then 1 away would not sit favourably with the team who worked to get home ice advantage! Thinking 11 and 13 as well.