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Ducks and Wings making best of cruddy travel

May 10, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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It’s the lone transcontinental series in the playoffs and neither the Anaheim Ducks or Detroit Red Wings are enjoying it. With over 2,200 miles between the two cities and three time zones, it’s been exhausting for both teams.

As Brendan Savage of shares, the grueling life on the road in a tight playoff schedule makes it tougher for both teams.

“The worst is going back from here to the Eastern,” said Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey. “It’s a four- or five-hour flight with a three-hour time change. You get on a plane at 9 in the morning, you get home, the next thing you know you get back to your place and where did the day go?”

If that’s the worst of it, that can’t be too terrible, right? Between that or getting hit with a Sheldon Souray slap shot, I’ll take jet lag every time.

As for the coaches, the last thing they want to hear is gripes about travel. As Wings coach Mike Babcock told Savage, “I think fatigue is just when you get soft between your ears, that’s all that is.”

How much do you think the Red Wings are loving their move to the Eastern Conference next year? A lot.

  1. tmoore4075 - May 10, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    They are psyched about the move I’m sure. Considering a team like Toronto has what a 90 minute flight to Boston and no time change compared to a 4-5 hour flight and a 3 hour time change. People can say just deal with it but no other eastern timezone team has this and I’m sure they wouldn’t trade places at all. As a fan I can tell you I’m excited. The Bruins/Leafs game that went to OT ended at like 10:30 or so. The Wings/Ducks game that same night, regulation ended at 12:45am. I cannot wait!

  2. wingsfan13 - May 10, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Bring on the Eastern conference I for one will not miss the 10::00 pm starts and overtime that lasts until 1:00 am or later on week nights and being tired the whole next day at work. If everything goes well there will only be one more trip out west on Sunday for game 7. Then onto Chicago for round 2 GO WINGS !!!!!

    • tmoore4075 - May 10, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Do they have a time for Sunday yet if needed? I was hoping if there is one that since it’s a Sunday we might get lucky for an 8pm EDT start.

    • drone501 - May 11, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      we welcome the wings with open arms. glad they are going to be playing the pens more often. wings and pens were the first hockey game i saw back in 1972.

  3. davyd83 - May 10, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    I worked in minor league hockey for six years. There were several times where we would play three games in three cities in three days with 5-10 hours of bus travel in between. Major leaguers whining about travel on luxury jets and staying in luxury hotels with $100 a day meal money bug the heck out of me. Both teams in a playoff have the same travel. It’s a wash. Shut up Quincey!

  4. thehighcountrybear - May 10, 2013 at 3:41 PM


    I see nothing in the way of whining from Quincey…?He’s making a factual statement speaking to issues anyone forced to travel extensively by air and live night by night in hotels endures.

    What eats my ass is the dog in the manger attitude of people presuming a moral high ground simply because they feel they’ve suffered more?

    Assuming your argument, I think minor leaguers offered privilege to be fed and cared for while riding luxury buses and staying in top end three star motels in pursuit of a kids’ game have a decided advantage over garment industry workers in Bangladesh living and surviving on two dollars a day in grossly over-populated cities while riding unsafe buses, trains and ferries carrying three times their practical load?

    It’s all relative!

    Anyone who travels extensively and is forced to live in hotels, luxury or not, gets weary of the process in a big hurry. The few minor leaguers who make to the NHL soon discover mind-numbing boredom and home sickness are the same wherever they play…

    • dumbassgreg - May 10, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      most rock bands stop touring because they can not handle the traveling. most of us only travel for fun. if you know anyone who travels for a living. it wears on you and become routine. they easily forget where they are and what day it. even worse with all towns and cities having same restaurants and stores every town looks same.

  5. hrudey - May 10, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Yeah, that 2200 mile series is the only one at all with any travel concerns, except of course, that 1800 mile one between Los Angeles and St. Louis.

    • manchestermiracle - May 10, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      Just under 1,600 miles.

    • dumbassgreg - May 10, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      kelly hrudey family deserve respect for being public and honest about his daughter and family issues. always like him on hockey night in canada. have a new level of respect.

  6. manchestermiracle - May 10, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Flying distance according to multiple sites is between 1,730 and 1,740 miles. Where did you come up with 2,200? That sounds more like the winding saga of Route 66.

    • Laura - May 11, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      Siri says….

  7. dumbassgreg - May 10, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    nice to see by babcock comments adults coaching here. sure in other series this would be come big deal.

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