by Forechecker on 01/26/09 at 12:51 PM ET
The burden of NHL travel has been a hot topic in recent weeks, with Vancouver’s GM Mike Gillis petitioning the league for a less stressful schedule next season, and the question being raised as to how many one-game trips various teams have to make. While it is assumed that factors like back-to-back games are a drag on player performance, what we don’t know at this point is how much of an influence they have, and whether certain players are affected more than others.
Over at Brodeur is a Fraud, however, the Contrarian Goaltender digs into the details to try and determine how various goalies have held up in recent years, focusing specifically on their numbers from back-to-back games:
I took a sample of the top 10 goalies in games played since the lockout, and compared how they did in the first game vs. the second game of all of their back-to-backs over the last 3 seasons. What I found, somewhat surprisingly, was that the numbers were pretty much identical in both halves of the back-to-backs.
Read on for an interesting analysis of this issue; I think the jury is still out, but this piece certainly helps to inform the discussion.
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