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09-23-2006, 02:42 PM
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How do the players cope with the travel?

I was looking at a map of North America, and noticed that the Wild is by far the most isolated team in the league. It has to play 32 games against its NE rivals, plus a bunch out in California, Arizona and Texas.

Distance from Minneapolis:
Vancouver - 1792 miles
Edmonton - 1266 miles
Calgary - 1190 miles
Denver - 915 miles

Is there any obvious decrease in play as the season goes on?

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09-24-2006, 03:16 AM
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You know, I'd have to say yes... somewhat. I wouldn't go so far as to say that their overall play steadily declines in the entire latter part of the season, but they do seem to play pretty flat during and immediately after the late-season West Coast road trips. Jacques's even mentioned it a couple of times in his press conferences, so I think it's safe to say you're on to something there, Kirk.

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09-24-2006, 05:18 AM
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The Wild will actually be travelling the least distance out of NW division teams this year.

All of the Pacific teams travel more. All of the Central teams travel less then Minnesota.

I think Vancouver has it the worst out of any team in the league.
(Ranked highest to lowest)

Team KM's 05/06 Diff Div Conf
Fla 84679 66596 18,083 SE E
Van 78626 79020 -394 NW W
Ana 78008 72172 5,836 PAC W
Cgy 76334 63949 12,385 NW W
Dal 74296 74130 166 PAC W
LAK 73390 75625 -2,235 PAC W
Phx 72670 75218 -2,548 PAC W
Col 72134 77175 -5,041 NW W
Tam 70595 63437 7,158 SE E
SJS 69432 76019 -6,587 PAC W
Edm 69042 74080 -5,038 NW W
Min 66273 68954 -2,681 NW W
Det 66202 73665 -7,463 CEN W
CBJ 65070 63496 1,574 CEN W
Stl 60281 59176 1,105 CEN W
Atl 59876 66584 -6,708 SE E
Nsh 59650 61428 -1,778 CEN W
Car 55603 48443 7,160 SE E
Chi 55085 57963 -2,878 CEN W
Wsh 55005 52959 2,046 SE E
Pit 50516 35779 14,737 ATL E
Mtl 49024 50754 -1,730 NE E
Tor 42925 45429 -2,504 NE E
Phi 42244 34391 7,853 ATL E
Bos 41849 50662 -8,813 NE E
NYR 41774 32677 9,097 ATL E
NYI 40280 33472 6,808 ATL E
Ott 37865 45082 -7,217 NE E
NJD 36270 34747 1,523 ATL E
Buf 35685 48270 -12,585 NE E

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