This season's schedule and how it affects the players.
When I woke up this morning and got on the computer, I went to espn's site.
I was looking up this season's schedule for the Wings this morning and noticed just how much it's been shortened since years past.
The regular season ends April 3rd.
Compare that with the 2001-2002 season, which ended on the 14th of April.
That means almost 2 whole weeks less rest for some of the wings' older bodies and for the rest of the players around the league.
Through the beginning of October to the end of January Detroit has a total of 28 road games.
54 games from October to the end of January.
In 01-02 the team played 50 games from the beginning of October to the end of January.
Last year there were many more games missed due to minor injuries than in any other years and this season seems to be following the same trend. (I don't have the link to the exact figures from last year, but I remember something in THN stating there were more man-games lost to injury last year than any other)
So do you think that there are more injuries because of the compacted schedule and shorter all-star break?
In your opinion why do you think the NHL shortened the season?