Hey, I love it when the Leafs play the Habs/Sabres/Sens/Bruins. I just don't like it when close to half the schedule is played against those four teams. I like some variety in my opponents.
Here's my proposal. Six games per year (down from eight) against your four division rivals. Four games per year against your ten conference rivals. One game per year against everyone in the other conference, with one extra game played in the opposite arena against a 'rival' team. If it's the Leafs, maybe the rival team is Detroit, Chicago, or one of the western Canadian clubs.
24 against divisional rivals 40 against conference rivals 14 against other conference rivals 2 against one 'special' conference rival
That makes it 80 games, so we get a slightly shorter season out of it, plus way more variety.
It is really disappointing that the Western Canadian teams aren't playing the Eastern Canadian teams at all this season.
A lot of the blame rests on the GMs of Eastern conference teams. Travel in the East is a lot easier than travel in the West, so those GMs voted to keep the schedule in its current format. However, I understand that a move to a more balanced schedule is happening starting next season.
Us hockey fans in Detroit have been leading the charge against the horrible, horrible schedule for the longest time. How come the Wings don't play the Leafs more? There actually (GASP!) used to be a rivalry there! Any of the rest of the Original Six?! Thank god Chicago's in the division and we get those few crumbs. But in the place of Original Six teams and other good ones, we have to see friggin' Columbus and Nashville and St. Louis way too many times to count.
Don't get me started on the travel nonsense those GMs bring up. Every other week it seems the Wings are running across the west coast. The schedule's a joke and it's insulting.
Originally posted by BullittThis has spread to the AHL, too.
Portland doesn't come down to Houston at all this year, and Quad Cities (Calgary's AHL team) isn't here until like February.
The AHL schedule has always been hilariously unbalanced. Binghamton is in a different CONFRENCE than Syracuse and Rochester, two of it's closest rivals, and they still haven't played most of the teams that were absorbed from the IHL, and that happened the year before Binghamton rejoined the league.
So we pretty much agree that the schedule sucks. Anyone else think it's high-time they awarded three points for a regulation win instead of two? It seems kind of silly that a 3-0 win gets the same reward as a shootout win, especially since they give a point to the shootout loser.
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Originally posted by JayJayDeanSo we pretty much agree that the schedule sucks. Anyone else think it's high-time they awarded three points for a regulation win instead of two? It seems kind of silly that a 3-0 win gets the same reward as a shootout win, especially since they give a point to the shootout loser.
How about a team winning 1-0 getting a different reward than a team that wins a shootout 3-1 after a 4-4 tie? I don't think the points payouts need to be changed that much, and if they did, I could see them going to more of an all-or-nothing system- 2 for a win in any form, and that's it. Nothing else.
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Originally posted by The GoonIf I recall correctly, the Wings have the worst travel schedule of the 30 teams (most miles to travel).
Yes, we do. And really, we come away with a good winning record from that. I hate to be overly arrogant about the Wings, but good god; we still end up 1 or 2 in the "West" even with the most lopsided schedule ever conceived. I'd like to see how we do with a normal schedule, against real teams.
Originally posted by BoromirMarkThank god Chicago's in the division and we get those few crumbs.
You know, most Wings fans would be/are up in arms about our losses to Chicago this season. But I'm glad. The Wings/Blackhawks rivalry was deader than the Wings/Leafs one. These improbable come-from-behind clutch wins from Chicago have made this a rivalry again. It's great to see. Now, if only Bettman and his incompetent cronies would wake up and create an actual schedule for one of hockey's marquee teams, giving us the rest of the Original Six; I'd be able to truly watch hockey once again instead of cherry picking my games.
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