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12-15-2011, 03:00 PM
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Series-based schedule like Major League Baseball?

No, I'm not talking about the playoffs.

I've often wondered why hockey doesn't implement a series-based schedule like Major League Baseball does. With the upcoming realignment, it would make even more sense.

My thought is that a team (let's say the Habs) would host a division rival, say Boston, for a three game series over the course of a week, e.g. Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday. They would then host three visiting teams over the following week. The Habs would then hit the road and do the same. For example, Buffalo for a week then stops in Philly, New Jersey and Pitt.

Every team would then have a home and away series over the course of the season. This would cut down on travel. Two week home stands and two week road trips, but one of the weeks staying in the same town. The intensity against some of the teams with whom we don't have much of a rivalry (e.g. Florida) would build over 9+ periods in a week. And people would look forward to and talk about the Bruins or Leafs coming to town for weeks, particularly since it would happen only once during the regular season. As someone who lives in NYC, I know when the Red Sox visit the Yanks, that happens.

The downside, perhaps, is that you don't get the sprinkling of Bruins and Leafs games throughout the season; just the two weeklong series.

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I actually like the idea.

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Worth a discussion at least. Good idea!

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I also like this idea. A few seasons ago the Leafs were in Montreal for two games in a row over 3 days.

Thought about the baseball type sked then, works for tourism also that way people would book hotels for 3 or 4 days rather than a night.

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6 games in a row against the Bruins?

While I both fear and am excited at the idea, wouldn't it take out the uniqueness of the playoffs?

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Interesting idea. Definitely out of the box thinking.

It would make for some intense 3 game stretches throughout the season.

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Oh, 3 games. Nevermind

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Interesting idea, but the unbalanced schedule would make it difficult.

Let's day you play Boston in October and then nit until the playoffs.

I love the idea of back to back home and away games though.

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6 games in a row against the Bruins?

While I both fear and am excited at the idea, wouldn't it take out the uniqueness of the playoffs?
I agree with you, it would definitely reduce the uniqueness of the the playoffs. What if the week Boston is in town, happens to end up on the week with the most crammed up schedule? I know that with with my luck I'd end up with a schedule with free space when the devils land in montreal .

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Interesting idea, but the unbalanced schedule would make it difficult.

Let's day you play Boston in October and then nit until the playoffs.

I love the idea of back to back home and away games though.
That wouldn't happen. If we hosted Boston in October, they would host us in, say, January.

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6 games in a row against the Bruins?

While I both fear and am excited at the idea, wouldn't it take out the uniqueness of the playoffs?
Again, it doesn't in baseball.

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What if your top players are out for 3 straight games at the end of the year against the team you're chasing? Would kinda suck for that team.

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It would save teams money on travel I guess too. I just like the idea of playing your rival in 3 straight games. Mini-series during the season pretty much. Only thing that would suck is say you're playing an on fire Boston in April for 3 straight games and you're holding onto 8th

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I feel I'd kill the build up of a game.

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What if your top players are out for 3 straight games at the end of the year against the team you're chasing? Would kinda suck for that team.
That's sport. What if your top three players are still out a week later when you are going into the first round of the POs?

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Once they expand or retract a few teams and they finalize the divs/confs (I still think there will be more relocation in the coming years), they might go with this idea. Makes sense economically and tbh it doesn't affect the fans that much.

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I'm not sure I like the idea, but it's worth trying I think. Maybe they could increase the number of times you play a team on back to back night in the same town. Say Boston plays in Montreal on December 5 and 6 and later in the year we play them in Boston for two consecutive nights.

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I don't mind the idea either. As Dripper said, even if it's just back-to-back games more often, I think it could be neat.

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So how do I get the idea to Bettman? Or, for starters, to the main board? Since the response has been pretty positive here, I'm now curious what fans of other teams might think.

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I'm not sure

I mean, we can lose a key player or two for a week and then play against a good team 3 times during that week

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I would love it.

But it would mean you could not play against some teams three years in a row. I mean, you can't play all the teams in the league 3 times a year. Plus, you want to play against your division/conference teams at least 6 games. I guess we could apply the idea when you play against division/conference rivals. That would be great.

In the same time, the NHL thinks about $$$. They would lost a few fans in Columbus if you had a Columbus vs Phoenix series followed by a Florida vs Columbus series.

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I would like no games against the other conference like it used to be in baseball.

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I would like no games against the other conference like it used to be in baseball.
Now that's the most terrible thing they can do to the schedule.

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I would love it.

But it would mean you could not play against some teams three years in a row. I mean, you can't play all the teams in the league 3 times a year. Plus, you want to play against your division/conference teams at least 6 games. I guess we could apply the idea when you play against division/conference rivals. That would be great.
The number of games played wouldn't change. The three game series would only be within the division. So 12 three game series against Boston, TO, Buffalo, etc peppered by the individual one game home/one away against all other teams. I was simply suggesting that three of those single games be strung together either at home or on the road so that while some teams are spending the week playing a three game intra-divisional series, others are playing three singles.

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Its an interesting idea, but I wonder what the cities with multi purpose facilities would think about that. All of these buildings will see concerts, some see NCAA/NBA basketball. Does it get easier to manage, or harder?

In baseball, its the traditional thing to have 3/4 game series, but alot of the parks also dont share tenants. If they do, its with the NFL teams but they only play on sundays so its easier to manage.

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