by Forechecker on 01/16/09 at 12:38 PM ET
As a followup to all the talk this week about the travel requirements of various NHL teams, here’s my interview with Mark Stephen and Jock Wilson, the hosts of Sportstalk on Calgary’s CHQR 770 AM. Mark and Jock were particularly interested in how the Flames, already
Head on over to CHQR 770’s AudioVault to hear the interview; simply select the appropriate date & time (Tuesday, January 13th @ 9:00 PM), and when the audio stream launches, go ahead and skip to the 18:00 mark, which is where the segment on NHL travel begins.
Included below is a table highlighting one aspect of our talk, the number of one-game trips that each NHL team has had to log, for this season and last. Part of the reason the guys in Calgary are noticing so many of these trips this year is that in 2007-8, Calgary actually had the least one-game trips of any team in the league (6). This year they’re more in the middle of the pack, but in terms of local perception, it’s a bigger issue right now. It’s interesting to note that on this aspect, as well as that of back-to-back games, the Columbus Blue Jackets probably have more right to complain about the schedule than anyone else in the league.
And remember, if you want all the details, consult the full NHL Super Schedule.
|Number of One-Game Trips|
|Team||2007-8 Trips||Miles||2008-9 Trips||Miles|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||19||10894||23||14094|
|Detroit Red Wings||17||6689||13||6152|
|Los Angeles Kings||11||12921||15||9956|
|New Jersey Devils||17||4668||16||6502|
|New York Islanders||26||6639||19||5888|
|New York Rangers||22||6346||33||10226|
|San Jose Sharks||11||7239||13||10808|
|St. Louis Blues||19||7525||10||8615|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||22||14640||13||8293|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||27||12571||26||8044|
Remember, of course, that a one-game trip for a team like the Rangers is often just a bus ride over to Long Island, while a one-game trip for a team from the Northwest is more of a burden.
A one-game trip is here defined as having a change in location before and after a given game. First and last games of the season are excluded if they are at home.
UPDATE: In response to the comment below, I added the number of times each team has to change time zones to play a game as well. These Time Zone numbers apply to all games on a team’s schedule, not just the one-game trips!
|Team||Time Zone Changes 2007-8||Time Zone Changes 2008-9|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||46||38|
|Detroit Red Wings||36||32|
|Los Angeles Kings||32||31|
|New Jersey Devils||6||8|
|New York Islanders||6||8|
|New York Rangers||7||11|
|San Jose Sharks||29||32|
|St. Louis Blues||35||41|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||4||11|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||5||9|
UPDATE (1/17/09): Some of the data in the 2007-8 column was off (values switched between some teams), that has now been corrected.
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