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The NHL has posted the schedule for the 1st round of the playoffs. As rumored, the Avs first game will be this Wednesday at 9 eastern.

Wed., April 9, 2008
9:00 PM
Colorado at Minnesota

Fri. April 11, 2008
9:00 PM
Colorado at Minnesota
VERSUS (JIP)

Mon., April 14, 2008
10:00 PM
Minnesota at Colorado
VERSUS

Tues., April 15, 2008
10:00 PM
Minnesota at Colorado
VERSUS

Thurs., April 17, 2008
9:00 PM
Colorado at Minnesota

Sat., April 19, 2008
TBD
Minnesota at Colorado
VERSUS

Tues., April 22, 2008
TBD
Colorado at Minnesota

It took me a minute to figure out what "JIP" referred to. If I'm not mistaken, that means "join in progress". In other words, we get screwed out of a good chunk of the first period (the Capitals are the earlier game at 7). Thanks NHL & Versus! You folks are nothing if not consistent in your apparent quest to piss off your fan base. Why not start the Avs at 9:30 (and even that is cutting it kind of close). Is there some big bull riding competition that night forcing you to compact the schedule like this? Bush league, as usual.

As expected, the teams will play back-to-back games in games 3 and 4, necessary because the Nuggets are home on the 13th and 16th.