Wednesday, March 14, 2007

A Predator doubleheader

Talk about a tight turnaround: The Detroit Red Wings host Nashville tonight less than 24 hours after beating up on the Predators 5-2 in Tennessee last night. It's a more than 850-kilometre trek between the two cities, a few hours by plane, but quite a haul considering these are division rivals.

The back-to-back games meant players had little more than 12 hours downtime to rest up for the rematch.

It's a biggy, too: If Detroit wins in regulation, they'll take over the Central Division lead for the first time in months. Nashville is 13-2-2 in back-to-back games this season.

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8 Comments:

At 4:00 PM, March 14, 2007, Blogger BlackCapricorn said...

Home and homes make sense when you are talking about NJ vs. NY or Buf vs. TO but Nashvegas vs. Detroit? I keep telling myself, one more year of this stupid schedule, one more year.....

 
At 5:17 PM, March 14, 2007, Blogger Nick said...

Is anyone else as impressed as I am with how well Valtteri Filppula is filling Zetterberg's place on the #1 line?

Add him to the list of "top players you've never heard of" He's going to be great once he gets another season or two under his belt

 
At 6:27 PM, March 14, 2007, Blogger NeuroJoe said...

It's funny, a year or two ago us Wings fans were raising holy heck about the lack of Wings vs. original six matchups. Much of that is still warranted (oh to see Probert and Belfour go at it just one more time), but Bettman really has gotten lucky with the way that the Preds have risen to the top. If they were down in the dumps ala STL the past few years, the ~8 games a year between Detroit and Nashville would be unbearable. Also, I don't think the distance is a problem per se since these teams all have private or chartered flights. The flight between NAS and DET isn't much farter than the bus trip between Buffalo and Toronto.

 
At 6:29 PM, March 14, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

That has to be the longest distance for a back-to-back series like that though — regardless of how long the flight takes. There's a time change thrown in there, too.

 
At 10:54 PM, March 14, 2007, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

It's a biggy, too: If Detroit wins in regulation, they'll take over the Central Division lead for the first time in months.

This is an artifact of the bizarre way in which the NHL calculates the standings. There have been a number of nights over the last several weeks when Detroit has had a better winning percentage (measured as points per game) than Nashville has, but because the Wings had played fewer games, they had fewer points. At a minimum, the two teams have been tied for first a lot lately.

 
At 11:00 PM, March 14, 2007, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

Is anyone else as impressed as I am with how well Valtteri Filppula is filling Zetterberg's place on the #1 line?

I'm really excited about it. I collect national team jerseys, and will only get the name of a player that has won the Cup as a Red Wing, or a national title as a Gopher, on the back. I've got an Yzerman Team Canada jersey, Hasek Czech Republic, Lidstrom Team Sweden, Datsyuk Team Russia, Larionov Team USSR, and Fetisov Central Red Army. If I can find a Team Austria jersey (Olympic team jerseys were plentiful in 2002, and nonexistent last year, and I want authentic, not replica), I'm putting Thomas Vanek on it. It the USA ever comes up with a jersey that isn't fuggin' ugly, it's getting Jordan Leopold.

To date, my Team Finland and Team Germany shirts remain nameless. Filppula has a chance to change that. The German will probably wait longer.

If there is ever a guy who wins both a Gopher national title and a Detroit Cup, I'll duplicate any jersey already in my collection.

 
At 11:49 PM, March 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You might not have to wait that long for a Team Germany jersey: March 2008, Detroit deals for vet Olaf Kolzig to shore up a position left vulnerable by octagenarian Dom Hasek's flakey groin and flakey Chris Osgood's octagenarian liver.

 
At 4:43 PM, March 15, 2007, Blogger The Forechecker said...

Can you believe there have actually been five home-and-home matchups on consecutive nights with longer travel distances? It's hard to believe the schedule makers couldn't avoid some of these...

 

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