The Ottawa Senators – Montreal Canadiens schedule could feature two sets of back to back games should the series go 7 games.
Game 1 – Thursday May 2nd @MONTREAL
Game 2 – Friday May 3rd @ MONTREAL
Game 3 – Sunday May 5th @OTTAWA
Game 4 – Tuesday May 7th @ OTTAWA
Game 5 – Thursday May 9th @MONTREAL
Game 6 – Saturday May 11th @ OTTAWA
Game 7 – Sunday May 12th @ MONTREAL
Games 1-5 are at 7:00, with games 6 and 7 TBD, depending on television commitments etc. All games will be televised on CBC and RDS.
How will back to back games affect the teams? Well the travel between Ottawa and Montreal is not too demanding, so as long as the ice time is managed properly and Erik Karlsson is kept below 40 minutes per game then the Senators should be all right.
The big concern would be if game 1 or game 6 goes deep into overtime or even multiple overtimes. That is when it could be a problem in terms of having enough recovery time. The Habs-Sens series is the only one with the potential for 2 back to backs. All of the other Eastern Conference series could have game 6 and 7 on consecutive nights.