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01-11-2013, 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by MetalGodAOD View Post
Silver linings, but lots of early road games may help with team bonding as well. Lot of teams won't have time to gel and get to know each other with the shortened training camps. Early home schedules might not facilitate that either. More time on the road early = more time for the new guys to familiarize with the old crew.
I agree with that as well. I think with a lot of new forwards in top 6, they will want to shuffle their lines a lot in the early going. This will make it tougher for opposition to match up when they have the ability to do so (i.e., when Dallas is on road). Once Dallas has has a better idea of how they want their lines, they will have more home games in which to dictate those match-ups a bit more. I also think having road games early is better, because players won't be worn out yet, which is esp. important with Stars' generally longer travel schedule.

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