Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/09/11 at 12:27 PM ET
E.J. Hradek of NHL.com answers numerous email questions…
How do you think travel to Winnipeg will shape the race in the East Conference/Southeast Division?
I think it will be a particular pain in the neck for teams in the Southeast Division, who’ll each have to make three trips to the ‘Peg. The Panthers and Lightning, in particular, must be pumped! I also imagine it will be more of a headache for other Eastern Conference foes who are spoiled by their more-cushy travel schedule.
I believe the Jets will have a real advantage because of the excitement in the market. That building will be sold out and loud each and every night. The former Thrashers were a competitive bunch for most of the season despite missing the playoffs. If they can stay reasonably healthy, I believe they have an excellent chance to secure a playoff spot in the East.
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