Forget the Players, NHL Schedule Maker Needs a Helmet!

November 9th, 2009 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter

No doubt about it, after studying the NHL’s 2009-10 regular season schedule, one can come to only one conclusion, the guy that made it up needs a helmet, and it’s not to protect himself from wayward pucks!

Trying to come up with a balanced schedule in an Olympic year has to be tough. Essentially, the NHL's regular season is shortened by two full weeks, thus, the obvious thing to do is to make the regular season schedule more compact in order to facilitate all 82 games without the playoffs running through August, and September.

Well, I am here to tell ya, the guy that made up the schedule doesn’t know the meaning of the word compact. In fact, when you look at the schedule, there is plenty of evidence that the schedule maker did the polar opposite, which may very well cost an NHL team, or two, a playoff spot.

Case in point, let’s take a look at the Philadelphia Flyers' early schedule. The Flyers played five games in 10 nights to start the 2009-10 season. What followed was a complete joke, as the Flyers then played a total of two games in 13 nights; what’s up with that?

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