Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Travel woes

In fact, the last final with relatively easy travel was in ’02, when the Red Wings defeated the Hurricanes. It was also the last time a Western Conference team prevailed in a Stanley Cup final, no small coincidence. One could argue that teams in the West are used to the rigors of the travel and that makes it an advantage, if they have to start ping-ponging back and forth, across the country for Games 5, 6 and 7.

More likely though, the toll of a year’s worth of logging travel miles tends to catch up with the Western Conference representatives – and that certainly might have been the case if Detroit had advanced.
Guys like The Hat, who are on the beat all postseason long, certainly have a good feel for the travel schedule, and without the benefit of chartered flights, they spend an awful lot of April and May shuttling from airport to airport in places like Dallas and San Jose.

My guess is the travel is harder on the western based sportswriters, as well — although I doubt it affects their chances in the finals.

2 Comments:

At 4:19 PM, May 23, 2007, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

In fact, the last final with relatively easy travel was in ’02, when the Red Wings defeated the Hurricanes. It was also the last time a Western Conference team prevailed in a Stanley Cup final, no small coincidence.

I'd call it a coincidence. It was the last time a top seed in the west advanced to the cup finals, and it was the last time a bottom qualifier in the east made it (Caroina was 3rd seed by virtue of the Southeast, but had the 7th most points out of the eastern qualifiers).

It was also the last time the SCF failed to go seven games. One might argue that the "rigorous travel" made for better overall series.

 
At 1:03 AM, May 24, 2007, Anonymous David Johnson said...

With the increased number of days off before and during the series I think travel will be less of a factor. Anaheim will have been sitting at home for a week and a half before they have to travel again which is really like a home stand for them.

 

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