Avalanche vs. Golden Knights: TV Community, Time to Watch NHL Outside at Lake Tahoe
This weekend the NHL will continue a long tradition and go outside. On Saturday the Avalanche and the Golden Knights start on the shores of Lake Tahoe. The Flyers and Bruins play Game 2 on Sunday.
The game on Saturday, the 31st pitch without a roof, is played on a golf course. The fastest game in the world is heading for the green – the par 5 fairway at the Edgewood Tahoe Resort on the south shore of Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada, to be precise. And while it’s disappointing that fans can’t participate, this game is set to have one of the most beautiful settings in the history of the sport: Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
At 6,224 feet above sea level, it will be the second highest locale for an outdoor competition. The Avs and Kings faced each other last year in the Stadium Series at the US Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at an altitude of 6,621 feet.
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And while the two teams compete in a picturesque setting, there are still two big points to be won. Vegas will land on the ice just one point behind West Division leaders St. Louis. The Avalanche is four points behind them in third place.
The teams have just split a set of two games, with Vegas goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury posting a shutout on Sunday and Avs striker Nazem Kadri scoring a game winner 41 seconds before the end of Tuesday.
Fleury starts for the Golden Knights on Saturday. He is one of 13 goalkeepers who have played multiple games outdoors despite having never won one. He lost to the Penguins in the 2011 Winter Classic and 2014 Stadium Series (he served as a substitute for Pittsburgh’s 2017 Stadium Series win against the Flyers). Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar has not announced his starter.
The Avalanche will also unveil their reverse retro jerseys, paying homage to the team’s roots as Quebec Nordiques.
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When is NHL Outdoors: Golden Knights vs. Avalanche?
- Date: Saturday February 20th
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
Which channel is NHL Outdoors: Golden Knights vs Avalanche running?
- TV station (USA): NBC
- Live stream (USA): NBCSports, fuboTV
- TV channels (Canada): SN, TVAS
- Live Stream (Canada): SN now
Mike Tirico will be calling play-by-play for NBC while Eddie Olczyk and Brian Boucher will serve as analysts.
Ceremonies on the Saturday before the game include frontline staff: Aurora C. Gooch will sing the national anthem, and Jared Elliott, Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class, will hand the game puck to Nurse Daryl Braga, a member of the Miranda Care Facility Miller and Fireman / Paramedic Dusty R. Gooch deliver (Aurora’s father), who hands the puck to the game officer.
Nathan MacKinnon will do what?
With the game on a golf course, the first break on Saturday will show golf. Avalanche striker Nathan MacKinnon will go to the par 3 17th hole and take a swing.
Why? Well, in 2011 Joe Sakic, the Hockey Hall of Famer and now Avalanche GM, made a hole-in-one in the exact same spot in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship. With an 8 iron, Sakic’s left tee shot only took two short jumps before he got past.
If MacKinnon makes an ace, the NHL will donate $ 1 million to the NHL / NHLPA Learn to Play program. The only thing he can’t recreate when matching his GM’s performance is going to be what looked like Sakic was fucking up every fan in attendance.
Will there be fans?
In the last 30 outdoor competitions, more than 1.6 million fans brave (mostly) cold stadiums to take part in a one-off game. The Winter Classic 2020 had the second largest audience in NHL history. 85,630 fans watched the host stars beat the Predators 4-2 at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas.
With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, these will be the first outdoor games with no fans.
Who will perform on Saturday?
Green Day will continue to work with the NHL as it debuts its latest song “Here Comes the Shock” during Golden Knights-Avs’ second hiatus.
At the 2020 NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis, Green Day played “Fire, Ready, Aim” before the festivities began. The band also rocked Enterprise Center during the second hiatus.
The NHL certainly hopes this year’s performance will be cleaner.