Feb 1, 2014; Hoboken, NJ, USA; General view of the roman numerals of Super Bowl XLVIII at Pier A Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Should The NHL Take On Super Bowl Sunday?

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It’s Super Bowl Sunday, practically a National Holiday, and one of the biggest sporting events the sports world has to offer. So I suppose it makes sense for the NHL to only schedule two games today. Is that saying something about the National Hockey League though? Does it basically mean that the NHL is willing to just roll over and play dead?

I am not arguing that the NHL should schedule games at 6:30 on Super Bowl Sunday to try to go head to head with the biggest NFL game of the year. I think it would be nice to see the NHL have more than just two games scheduled though, they already have the right idea of having the games played in the early afternoon, so why not have a few important match-ups on the schedule.

Jan 18, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) sets up in front of Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier (45) at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Canadiens 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto vs Montreal, Pittsburgh vs Philadelphia, Boston vs Buffalo, Chicago vs Vancouver, and what about a night cap of Los Angeles vs San Jose – these games all have the potential to withstand Super Bowl Sunday.

Last season the NHL had four games on Super Bowl Sunday, one of which was Pittsburgh vs Washington. The Penguins won the game 6-3 in front of 18,000+ fans. The other three games, plus attendance were as follows:

  • MTL VS OTT – 21,000+
  • FLA VS BUF – 18,000+
  • NJD VS NYI – 11,000+

Three out of four games had average attendance, which just goes to show that NHL games on Super Sunday don’t have to be at a minimum. I am just one man with an opinion though, what do you think about the NHL bucking up and taking Super Bowl Sunday head on.

Should The NHL Take On Super Bowl Sunday?

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