Back-to-Backs And Adjusted Workloads
The NHL schedule was released last night, so I was able to tally each team's back-to-back totals, and then adjust the projected workloads I originally published in the updated NHL Depth Charts. Keep in mind that a few teams like Calgary and Ottawa still have decisions to make with their backups, so their projections are somewhat fragile.
Today's latest updates saw the Flyers re-acquire Brian Boucher, and the Oilers accidentally list Nikolai Khabibulin as "injured" on their training camp roster. Cristopher Nilstorp is attending the Stars' training camp, so I would definitely keep an eye on that developing situation. Dan Ellis has also signed with Carolina through the season.
Also keep in mind that teams stay in their conference, so Northeast and Atlantic Division teams don't have to travel as many miles as teams in the Pacific and Northwest Divisions. And while you may be led to believe the Winnipeg Jets travel more miles than any other team, Dirk Hoag's Super Schedule shows that the Wild actually travel more than any other team.
To take the super schedule one step further, Gus Katsaros over at McKeen's Hockey put together his annual Tired vs. Rested Teams Breakdown document:
"Red Wings travel schedule in the West was already a concern, but leading the NHL with 11 games as a tired team (23% of schedule) has to put them among the worst scheduling in the entire league. Second as tired teams: Columbus, San Jose, Chicago, and Toronto with 9 games."* Read the remainder of this Article in the Premium Content