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.
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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Originally Posted by GreenTeaFrapp
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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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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