BY JEFF NEIBURG
Jan. 31, 2021
Inside the NHL: The multigame series is a fun part of this new schedule
The Sabres and Devils play again today here in Buffalo, 24 hours after the puck dropped on the first of the two-game set this weekend.
Back-to-backs are not that abnormal to the NHL schedule. Having them between the same teams in the same city are a Covid-19 wrinkle for this season.
But if you ask Mike Harrington, that coronavirus-induced change should be here to stay.
"More back-to-backs are good and the concept of a two-game series in the same city should 100% be continued going forward," he wrote.
There will be pushback from some and support from others, but there are good reasons to consider it moving forward.
Harrington lays some of those reasons out in this week's Inside the NHL column, which also includes the idea of Jason Botterill going to Pittsburgh, gripes with advertising, Alexis Lafreniere's support from Rangers fans and more.
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