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by George Malik on 05/15/13 at 10:28 AM ET
The Detroit Red Wings spent the vast majority of "off days" during their seven-game series against the Anaheim Ducks in the air, making cross-continental trips, but the combination of plain old strange scheduling (the Wings and Hawks play tonight at 8 PM, on NBCSN and the CBC, though Fox Sports Detroit will air a post-game show; after that, the teams don't play again until Saturday, and after the series shifts to Detroit on Monday the 20th, the teams won't play again until Thursday the 23rd) and the fact that it takes somewhere between 35-45 minutes to fly from O'Hare to Metro Airport means that the teams will engage in something of a "commuter" series, as the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan noted:
Practicing, sleeping in your own bed and resting between games. Sounds like the regular season, doesn't it? But in this playoff series, the Red Wings and Blackhawks actually have the luxury to do all those things.
"It's going to be nice," Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg said.
Especially after coming off a series in which Detroit flew to California three times to defeat Anaheim in seven games.
"I wasn't expecting all this time off," Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard said. "Definitely we'll use it to our advantage, not really hanging out in Chicago and coming back here."
Detroit traveled to Chicago on Tuesday night in preparation for Game 1 tonight — just as the Red Wings would during the regular season — and are planning to return home after the game.Game 2 is Saturday in Chicago.
"It's going to be nice to spend real time at home with families," Zetterberg said.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville confirmed Tuesday his team will return home between Game 3 on Monday and Game 4 on Thursday, both in Detroit.
Continued, and DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose reported that "family time" will be at a premium for the Franzens:
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