Friday, March 24, 2006

Schedule musings

Some interesting notes about the remaining 27 days of the NHL's regular season (for teams in the playoff race):

Most games remaining
14 - Ottawa, Buffalo, Anaheim, San Jose, NY Islanders

Fewest games remaining
11 - Vancouver

Most home games remaining
9 - Montreal
8 - Ottawa, Carolina, Vancouver, Tampa Bay, NY Islanders

Fewest home games remaining
4 - Atlanta
5 - Detroit, NY Rangers

Most back to backs
4 - Buffalo, San Jose, NY Islanders
3 - Detroit, Dallas, Ottawa, Carolina, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Anaheim, Toronto

Fewest back to backs
1 - Florida

Biggest schedule break
Four days - NY Rangers, Vancouver, Atlanta, Los Angeles

Smallest schedule break
Two days - Ottawa, Carolina, Calgary, Colorado, New Jersey, Tampa Bay, Anaheim, San Jose, Montreal, NY Islanders, Florida

In summary? Well, that's as tightly packed an end-of-season schedule as I've ever seen. These teams might as well be playing playoff hockey right now because the pace will be nearly a game every second night. (In fact, even more than that for those teams with 14 games to play.)


At 5:39 p.m., March 24, 2006, Anonymous David Johnson said...

3 Toughest Schedules

Los Angeles:
Nashville, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Dallas, Vancouver, Anaheim, San Jose, Anaheim, Phoenix, Calgary, San Jose.

Vancouver: Edmonton, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Minnesota, Anaheim, Los Angeles, Calgary, Anaheim, San Jose, San Jose, Colorado

Anaheim: Nashville, Colorado, Dallas, Dallas, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Dallas, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, San Jose, Calgary

It is great how often these teams who are competing with each other for the playoffs will be playing each other in the final few weeks of the season. It is going to be some fun hockey to watch.

At 5:50 p.m., March 24, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Good stuff David. It'd probably be even more helpful to have the home/away status next to each opponent.


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