There’s good news for Detroit Red Wings fans who don’t think the club did much to upgrade the roster since last season.
According to a story by The Hockey News, the Red Wings will have the easiest schedule in the NHL next season when it comes to travel.
Writer Dirk Hoag of Hockey Gear HQ makes an annual analysis of the number of miles each NHL team will travel and then compares that to the number of times they’re play back-to-back games against an opponent that is also playing back-to-back games.
The Red Wings lead that NHL in the second category with a plus-10. That number means the Red Wings will be the rested team 10 more times than they will be the tired team when both teams are playing back-to-back games.
The Red Wings will travel 34,179 miles this season. Only six other teams – Toronto, New Jersey, Ottawa, the Islanders, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia – will travel fewer miles. All are Eastern Conference teams.
For the Red Wings, the travel miles are down from 35,324 last season and 42,865 in 2012-13 – Detroit’s last season in the Western Conference before realignment.The Red Wings play back-to-back games 12 times. Only six other teams – Edmonton, San Jose, Los Angeles, Nashville, Winnipeg and Calgary – play fewer back-to-back games. All six are in the Western Conference.
Last season, the Red Wings played back-to-back games 15 times. They played 14 back-to-back games in 2012-13.
Original story from www.mlive.com