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03-25-2006, 04:35 PM
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This is the stupidity the NHL's unbalanced scheduling causes

Washington plays 5 of their next 7 games against Carolina.

I'm sure the NHL braintrust is loving this, what fan wouldn't love seeing the same teams play each other incessantly every night?

Let us all be kind and forgiving to the poor Canes/Caps fans if a week from now they've fallen under the understandable belief that the NHL encompasses only 2 teams.

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Washington plays 5 of their next 7 games against Carolina.

I'm sure the NHL braintrust is loving this, what fan wouldn't love seeing the same teams play each other incessantly every night?

Let us all be kind and forgiving to the poor Canes/Caps fans if a week from now they've fallen under the understandable belief that the NHL encompasses only 2 teams.
ya the nhl sure f&*%k&d up this time. could you imagine playing a team 5 out of last seven games of the yr and than haveing to meet them in the fiest rd of playoffs. it could happen with this dumb scheduling.

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Starting Wednedsay, Dallas plays three of five against Anaheim (home and home series, then LA on the road, San Jose and home, then to Anahiem again).

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The Thrashers have to go to Tampa 3 more times this year.

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Now imagine Washington and Carolina in a dogfight for the 8th seed. That stretch of games could be as good as any playoff series.

You have to look for silver linings. An 82 game schedule cannot be perfect in a 30 team league.

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The canucks and oilers are in a stretch like that as well.

As a caps fan, this is the closest thing to the playoffs for me this year. I just hope we dont get swept

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8 games against division opponent sucks, especially if your team is in good division.
Take a look at NW division, 4 teams in playoff chase and we can't pull out from each other because we keep beating each other up.

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Wow...10 free points for the Hurricanes

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There should be less games played each season. Something like 74.

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Wow...10 free points for the Hurricanes

Wanna bet?

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Now imagine Washington and Carolina in a dogfight for the 8th seed. That stretch of games could be as good as any playoff series.

You have to look for silver linings. An 82 game schedule cannot be perfect in a 30 team league.
We can imagine they`re in a dogfight for 8th, but they`re not. It`s 1st place vs. 14th place and it`s a joke. The schedule can`t be perfect, but it can be a lot better than it is. What`s wrong with suggesting this may an area the league needs to fix?

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this kind of schedule is due to the Olympics. The teams and GMs didnt want to have to fly cross country with the abbreviated schedule, whoch would have been more grueling than anything we have seen (and if this type of schedule was in place this year, than everyone would have been *****ing about their teams having to take long road trips with a playoff stake).

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The Canes fans love it. The Senators fans might not be too keen on a 95% chance of Carolina getting 10 points in short order.

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We can imagine they`re in a dogfight for 8th, but they`re not. It`s 1st place vs. 14th place and it`s a joke. The schedule can`t be perfect, but it can be a lot better than it is. What`s wrong with suggesting this may an area the league needs to fix?
It's not like the league can tinker with the schedule as the year goes on to create "better" matchups late in the year. You throw it in the computer, tinker a bit with what comes out, and you go with it. You hope every game will mean something and be important but that is NEVER going to be a reality in a league this size with the length of the season.

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Wow...10 free points for the Hurricanes
The Canes have a few injuries now and are playing pretty poorly as of late. They're losing 3-1 to the caps in the third right now.

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Washington plays 5 of their next 7 games against Carolina.

I'm sure the NHL braintrust is loving this, what fan wouldn't love seeing the same teams play each other incessantly every night?

Let us all be kind and forgiving to the poor Canes/Caps fans if a week from now they've fallen under the understandable belief that the NHL encompasses only 2 teams.
3 of those games are in a row.

I am not excited about it at all, especially if we continue to play like we did tonight against them.

Like crap.

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Wow...10 free points for Ovechkin
Fixed it for you.

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I don't see a problem. In October, we're all excited about the return of hockey and we want to see as many different teams as possible...particularly because of the new rookies and all the old faces in new places.

But by February, we're all just looking forward to the playoffs...so, I like the fact that teams are facing each other more and more late in the season. Even the also-ran teams get up for these games more, because they have no choice. In case you haven't noticed, the intensity has been cranked up several notches since the end of the Olympic break. This is playoff hockey minus the playoffs. Yet people are still complaining.

Sometimes, you can never win.

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Ten free points for whom, again?

The Caps and Hurricanes have played some pretty gritty games this year, and they've gone both ways (series tied 2-2 now). None of them have been one-goal games, either.

What's more bizarre, of the five games, they play two in a row, and then they'll play three in a row (once in Carolina, twice in a row at Washington), in early April. Trippy.

One thing that it can do is build a little bad blood, and I think we can all agree that the SE division could use a little of that. No familiarity has bred precious little passion between any of the teams in the division. As a result, every single Capitals fan I know wishes the team was back in the Patrick Division with its Atlantic Division brethren.

To date, the SE division has been pretty boring, despite the presence of some very good teams at one point or another. They need to program in some mini series to build a little passion, methinks. Of the six divisions, this is the only one that really doesn't have a nasty rivalry.

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yeah but it's also the newest division, if you will...one relocated team, 3 expansion teams of the 90's and a former Patrick Division team. Give it some time, this division can only get extremely intense...just look at the franchise players leading the way for each franchise: Lecavalier/Richards, Staal, Luongo, Kovalchuk and Ovechkin.

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For those of you saying the rivalry is pretty boring....Atlanta and TB are pretty heated games for the Canes. More so this season, but I am not looking forward to playing the Caps 3 times in a row. Thats just excessive.

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Wow...10 free points for the Hurricanes
mmm... make that 8

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I don't know what the hate is all about, I like this particular scheduling because it makes a push towards rivaliries in markets without any. It's a good move by the NHL, and the last three games by the Oilers and 'Nucks proved how good this scheduling can be.

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Why is Washington complaining. This is their first taste a playoff series in years!!

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Washington plays 5 of their next 7 games against Carolina.

I'm sure the NHL braintrust is loving this, what fan wouldn't love seeing the same teams play each other incessantly every night?

Let us all be kind and forgiving to the poor Canes/Caps fans if a week from now they've fallen under the understandable belief that the NHL encompasses only 2 teams.
The Oilers/Canucks 3 games in a row this week was equally stupid. The first game, I was pretty pumped, the second was OK and tonight, I fell asleep in the 2nd period of game 3. Familiarity breeds apathy. Would I rather see the Canucks three times in a row or would I rather see Carolina, Ottawa, Ovechkin or Crosby? Hmmmm.

Fix the damn schedule.

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