The NHL Qualifying Round Schedule is Ecstasy for Hockey Fans Everywhere

By Chris Pennington on July 15, 2020 at 8:20 am
Oliver Bjorkstrand (28) celebrates with teammate center Gustav Nyquist (14) after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers in the second period at Nationwide Arena.
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This will not be good for work-from-home productivity.

As the schedules are slowly being released for the NHL's Qualifying Round, which is set to begin on Aug. 1, dreams of hockey fans everywhere are coming to fruition. Which is, hockey, postseason hockey, all day long. This is about to be wild.

On Tuesday evening, the NHL released a schedule for all Qualifying Round games, all subject to change, obviously, but with times set for the first five days. Days six through nine still have which teams play on which day, but with times to be determined.

Days 1-5 Schedule

As you can see, days one and two ease us into playoff hockey, but day three is where it gets cooking, with six games on the slate, starting as early as 12 p.m. EST and going until 10:30 p.m. In past years' opening rounds, we're used to the first playoff game on a weekday starting around 7 p.m. and seeing one or two more the rest of the night, but with 24 teams in the mix, the guardrails are off.

Days 6-9 Schedule

In my opinion, the sport of hockey hosts already one of the more exciting postseasons on the market, often being compared to the NCAA's March Madness or the FIFA World Cup in terms of fan intensity and in-game player excitement, but this schedule just cranked it up to a new level. 

Once August hits, your Tuesday afternoons will look a whole lot different. Let's enjoy this time as hockey fans, because we may never have this much hockey at one time ever again.

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