Thursday, March 15, 2007

The distance between

On the Forecheck had a nice post earlier today about the longest distance of back-to-back road trips so far this season. Perhaps not surprisingly, the large majority of these are in the Western Conference:
On December 29th & 30th, the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues (not even division rivals!), travelled 850 miles and lost an hour along the way, since the first game was in Denver (Mountain time) and the second in St. Louis (Central).

On February 27th & 28th, we had another non-divisional pairing between Ottawa and Carolina, separated by about 830 miles.

On October 16th & 17th, the Edmonton Oilers played at Vancouver then played the Canucks the next night back home (~700 miles).

On December 22nd & 23rd, the Red Wings first hosted the Minnesota Wild, then headed ~690 miles up to Minneapolis for Round 2.

On December 26th & 27th, the Calgary Flames hosted the Canucks, then headed about 600 miles to Vancouver for the rematch.
Those are some significant miles for an overnight swing. And you can imagine this is compounded by the fact many teams are playing three games in four nights.

1 Comments:

At 10:36 PM, March 15, 2007, Blogger Nick said...

Some of the "western conference" teams get pounded, because some of them aren't really that west, and some of them are quite west. I'm all for reorganizing the divisions and focusing on inter-division play. It's a crime that Toronto and Detroit play like once a year.

 

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