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Gary Bettman and the NHL accused of screwing over the Leafs

Published April 21, 2024 at 8:09 PM

The second day of the 2024 NHL playoffs has already sparked debate over the schedule, with some highlighting disparities that appear to favor certain teams.

Notably, the Toronto Maple Leafs kicked off their playoff campaign on the very first day, while others won't hit the ice until tomorrow due to the NHL's rotating-style schedule featuring four games each day. This discrepancy means some teams enjoy two extra days of rest before their playoff debut.

Critics argue that this scheduling disparity provides an unfair advantage, particularly evident in the case of the Edmonton Oilers and the Golden Knights, who start their playoff journey three days after the Maple Leafs. The extended rest period could prove crucial for injured players to recuperate, potentially altering the outcome of games.

It doesn't take a genius to realize that the Oilers and Golden Knights starting the playoffs three days after the #MapleLeafs constitutes an unfair advantage. By then, William Nylander could have recovered, leading to a very different conversation.


For instance, the absence of William Nylander in the Leafs' first game against the Bruins due to injury has raised questions. With an extra day's rest, he might have been fit to play, potentially influencing the game's outcome.

While Nylander is expected to return for game two, the uncertainty surrounding his absence highlights the unpredictability of playoff dynamics. The Leafs must now regroup and showcase their abilities in their upcoming game against the Bruins.

Overall, the controversy underscores the importance of equitable scheduling in ensuring a fair and competitive playoff environment.

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