It's beneficial because it gives the team a little extra time to gel and get used to Hartley's system and understand what he wants. Given that there was no pre-season games and shortened training camp, this extra time to practice could be prove to be extremely useful down the road.
On the other hand, it means an even more condensed schedule, which means fatigue and injuries will become a pressing concern. That's why I don't think Feaster will trade any of the extra depth the team has; it's insurance for the inevitable.
Really depends on injuries the last month we play every other night and some times more often if we lose Kipper or Tanguay or Iginla for a couple weeks thats 6-8 games missed that is 12.5% to 17% of the season just crazy.
Condensed schedules are both good and bad. If you are on a winning streak its a great thing, if you aren't its horrible. With the depth the Flames have and Hartley's willingness to rotate players in and out of the lineup I think it will work to Calgary's advantage.