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Old 01-12-2009, 02:16 PM   #1
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Islanders at #30 at virtually half the distance as the Sharks
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:17 PM   #2
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I guess this can sort of put to rest the theory that being in the Eastern Conference is more beneficial due to the easier travel schedule.
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:19 PM   #3
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Either Calgary really gets screwed or Edmonton is getting preferential treatment if Calgary has to travel 3000 more miles then Edmonton when taking geography into account.
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Makes you wonder why there are noticeably fewer 3 games in 4 nights to western canada this year. That sort of thing somewhat neutralized the travel difference.
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Top 8 are Western Conference teams.
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:38 PM   #6
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I guess this can sort of put to rest the theory that being in the Eastern Conference is more beneficial due to the easier travel schedule.
Not so fast....the impact wears on teams as the season progresses. I think after 80+ games and playoff games, Eastern teams do have an advantage.
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:43 PM   #7
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I don't think distance traveled is the only factor, how about the stupidity of some of these trips. How can any team play in 1 country and then the next night in the other country. That is worse as you just don't get any sleep.

Also no Western team should ever have to play an early (1:00 P.M.) game as it is 10:00 local time, again this is worse to me versus a later game.
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:54 PM   #8
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Not so fast....the impact wears on teams as the season progresses. I think after 80+ games and playoff games, Eastern teams do have an advantage.
Questionable. The Stanley Cup differential between East and West has been fairly even (if not slanted in the West's favor) over the past few decades.
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Questionable. The Stanley Cup differential between East and West has been fairly even (if not slanted in the West's favor) over the past few decades.
Whhaaat?

Last year Pittsburgh played Ottawa (distance: 653 km) then New York (distance: 507 km) and then Detroit (distance: 336 km) and all cities were in the same time zone.

Detroit played Nashville (706 km) then Colorado (1856 km) and then Pittsburgh (336 km).

In 2006-07 Ottawa played Pittsburgh (653 km), New Jersey (535) and then Anaheim (3789). Anaheim played Minesota (2422) Vancouver (1769 km) and then Ottawa (3789).

It's not even close when it comes to Stanley Cup finalists and distance traveled.
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I guess this can sort of put to rest the theory that being in the Eastern Conference is more beneficial due to the easier travel schedule.
Easy to say when a franchise like the Islanders is the example. Them sucking has everything to do with poor management and next to nothing to do with travel schedule.
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Old 01-12-2009, 03:20 PM   #11
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I guess this can sort of put to rest the theory that being in the Eastern Conference is more beneficial due to the easier travel schedule.
How, exactly?

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Questionable. The Stanley Cup differential between East and West has been fairly even (if not slanted in the West's favor) over the past few decades.
This is just flat-out wrong.

1) Check the numbers. Use actual math this time.
2) If you're referring to Detroit switching to the West, the travel disadvantage added to the West side was offset by Toronto switching to the East.

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Either Calgary really gets screwed or Edmonton is getting preferential treatment if Calgary has to travel 3000 more miles then Edmonton when taking geography into account.
I wonder if these figures take into account the drive from Leduc to Edmonton.
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Well, this doesn't exactly quash my theory that the Western Conference has been consistently "better" than the Eastern Conference since the mid-90s. I'm biased and I don't have stats to back my theory up, but it is there anyhow.

Maybe the extra travel during the season can better prepare a team for the difficulty of a best-of-7 playoff series, but I doubt it. I'd rather have the Isles' travel schedule than the Sharks' - I don't care what the standings indicate. In my opinion both these teams are where they are in the standings in spite of their travel sched, not because of it.

Here's a hypothetical ... considering San Jose's comparably mediocre road record, how good might their overall record be if they were playing in New York instead of San Jose? Less travel = more road wins for the Sharks, methinks.

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Either Calgary really gets screwed or Edmonton is getting preferential treatment if Calgary has to travel 3000 more miles then Edmonton when taking geography into account.
I may be completely incorrect in my recollection, but since this comes up every year, I believe that it pretty much rotates between which of the three WC teams gets hosed for travel.
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Old 01-12-2009, 06:44 PM   #15
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The Flames travel this coming week is insanity...Go to San Jose, home against Phoenix, than on the road to Colorado, than back to Calgary. One stretch like that easily puts on the extra 3000 miles more than the Oilers travel. Why it's not San Jose than to Colorado, than home to play Phoenix...who know's, but that would cut the travel miles down a fair bit right there.
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it's not like these guys are flying coach and staying in cheap motels.
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