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from Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck,

The Los Angeles Kings and Buffalo Sabres are the big winners today with the NHL’s release of the 2012-2013 Regular Season schedule, when you examine the travel burden faced by all 30 teams.

Thanks to the fact that this season will not have opening games over in Europe, the Kings will travel more than 10,000 fewer miles than last season, when they led the league. The Sabres, who had to cope with a league-most 21 sets of games played on back-to-back nights in 2011-2012, now have the 2nd-fewest in the NHL, with only 11 on tap for the upcoming campaign.

This marks the 5th year I’ve taken the NHL’s regular season schedule and added in information that tells you how far each team travels along the way during the 82-game grind, how many times they have to play on back-to-back nights, and some strength-of-schedule information as well.

continued including a whole bunch of travel related stats…

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bezukov's avatar

How many times did the NHL do Nashville a solid by having the Wings play the second game of a back to back in Nashville (while the Preds have been resting) this season?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 06/21/12 at 03:12 PM ET

WingsFaninCO's avatar

Jeez, a Dirk Hoag article…not sure if I dare to click…..

Posted by WingsFaninCO on 06/21/12 at 04:02 PM ET

YzermanZetterberg's avatar

Interesting stuff, Dirk.

I was wondering basically the same thing as bezukov, but in a more general way…

It seems like the number of second games in back-to-backs any team has when their opponent is rested could play a huge role in the standings.

Do you have any stats for that?

Posted by YzermanZetterberg on 06/21/12 at 04:25 PM ET

pautna's avatar

“The Los Angeles Kings…are the big winners today with the NHL’s release of the 2012-2013 Regular Season schedule…”

This is misleading. They are still traveling 45,152 miles, with 20 teams behind them traveling less miles. In general Western teams are rarely winners when it comes to travel distance.

Posted by pautna on 06/21/12 at 06:16 PM ET

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