NHL releases Vancouver Canucks round one schedule vs. Nashville Predators

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Jagraj Lalli
7 days ago
With the regular season coming to an end on Thursday night, the National Hockey League has announced the full schedule for round one of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which kicks off on Saturday, April 20th.
For the Pacific Division-winning Vancouver Canucks, their round one series against the Nashville Predators kicks off at Rogers Arena on Sunday with puck drop slated for 7 PM.
Following closely behind, Game 2 will take place on Tuesday, April 23rd, with puck drop scheduled for 7 PM in Vancouver. With the series shifting to music city, Canucks fans hoping to catch their team in action on the road ran into unexpected hurdles when attempting to purchase tickets. 
Ticketmaster issued a warning stating that tickets would only be available for purchase by residents within the designated “Nashville Predators television viewing area,” comprising Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. This restriction disappointed many fans eager to support the Canucks in their first playoff appearance with fans in nine years. 
Nevertheless, the excitement and buzz remain palpable as the series continues. Game 3 is set for Friday, April 26, at 4:30 PM Pacific time, and Game 4 is set for Sunday, April 28, at a rare 2:00 PM Pacific time start, both at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Should the series extend to its full length, Game 5 would return to Rogers Arena on Tuesday, April 30, while Game 6 would take place in Nashville on May 3rd, with timings yet to be determined. 
The potential Game 7, scheduled for May 5th at Rogers Arena, coincides with the second night of a Pearl Jam concert. If it does in fact go all the way, the arena crew would have quite the challenge. They’ll need to remove the Pearl Jam concert stage and other equipment from the back of the house after the opening show on May 4th, store it, and then reinstall everything for the second show. 
With the playoff schedule set and the stakes higher than ever, there’s no denying that this is a thrilling time to be a hockey fan in Vancouver. Times may seem hectic, but this city is as thrilled as it’s been since 2011.

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