Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/17/13 at 11:10 AM ET
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
When the Winnipeg Jets moved from the Eastern Conference to the West, they were big winners in the schedule game. Their total travel miles were still above the league average, but the number of back-to-back games was reduced to 10 - tied for the fewest in the NHL. Now they'd probably sign up for six games in four nights as long as they could go back where they came from.
The East is getting pounded in cross-conference matchups like Apollo Creed in Rocky IV. At least those teams play the majority of their games against each other. The Jets aren't so lucky.
They've gone from the Southeast, the only division under the previous setup to never send three teams to the playoffs in a single season, to a schedule that's 50 per cent Anaheim, Chicago, Colorado, Minnesota, Los Angeles, Phoenix, St. Louis, San Jose and Vancouver.
That's a huge switch and I'm not sure there's an Eastern team outside of Boston Bruins or Pittsburgh Penguins that could handle it. Before the season, I might've added the New York Rangers, but the view is askew in Manhattan.
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