Penguins will not be able to avoid schedule overlap with Steelers game
January 11, 2016 8:43 PM
Despite the Penguins' efforts to get an earlier start, they will play Sunday's game against Carolina at 3 p.m., just 90 minutes earlier than the Steelers' playoff game against Denver.
By Jenn Menendez / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Penguins attempted to move up the start time of their 3 p.m. game Sunday at Consol Energy Center to accommodate Steelers fans, but were denied by their opponent, the Carolina Hurricanes.
The club requested an earlier start to allow fans the chance to watch the Steelers AFC divisional playoff game in Denver, which begins at 4:40 p.m. Carolina was not able to accommodate the request, the team announced Monday afternoon.
The Carolina Panthers have an NFC playoff game at 1:05 p.m, and the Hurricanes will be wrapping up a stretch of three games in four days.
Instead, the Penguins invited their fans to remain in the stands to watch the rest of the Steelers game, which will be shown on the video board.
“We recognized it. We tried. But you can’t always just change the game. It has to work for both teams,” said team spokesman Tom McMillan.
A Hurricanes representative was not available for comment.
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