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PHT readers believe Rangers have the easiest schedule

Jul 28, 2013, 8:18 PM EDT

One can look at the NHL’s 2013-14 schedule in many ways, but poll results from last weekend makes one thing clear: a lot of PHT readers believe that the New York Rangers have things pretty easy next season.

The Rangers took 40.82 percent of the votes (718 of 1,759), more than the rest of the top five combined:


As you can see, voters believe that the Detroit Red Wings will enjoy life in the East while the Chicago Blackhawks are believed to enjoy the easiest path in the West.

For what it’s worth, here’s a quick snapshot of the top five team’s schedule, thanks to numbers compiled by On the Forecheck:

Rangers: 29,839 miles traveled, 13 back-to-backs
Detroit: 35,324 miles, 15 BtB
Chicago: 38,680 miles, 18 BtB
Buffalo: 34,812 miles, 13 BtB
Pittsburgh: 37,061 miles, 17 BtB

For those who have a beef with the Rangers’ schedule, they do face some challenges. Most obviously, they start off the season with nine consecutive road contests, which is especially tough since they’ll be adjusting to new head coach Alain Vigneault.

In case you’re curious, here are the five teams who received the lowest amount of easiest schedule votes:


Related: Canucks edge Sharks for the toughest schedule (at least according to the poll).

  1. ibieiniid - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    from what i remember, they have very few home games in March and April tho.

  2. jimw81 - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    how can anyone really tell what team has the easier schedule? Doesn’t injuries and opponent on the schedule could be a better team than last year play a factor? Teams in the playoffs this past season have a disadvantage because of the 48 game season, playoffs. off for three to four months, start camp, play regular season games then players going to olympics then finish regular season. the nhl is playing 2 seasons in basically 1 1/2 calendar yr.

  3. rushledger - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:35 AM

    I hate the realignment here’s why, I will start with the pros though.

    Every team sees every team in their arena at least once
    Death of the Southeast division

    Division Names (ie: Atlantic with Detroit, Tampa, Toronto? Umm makes no sense)
    The “Metropolitan” division that deserves its own con it’s self
    The unbalanced conferences both east have 8
    Unbalanced playoff format: 16 east teams fight for 8 spots/14 west fight for 8
    The fact that max 5 teams per conference can make the playoffs, where as the old way it was possible however difficult for teams in the same division to make the playoffs

    Main point: the playoff system is completely out of whack and the Division names are a joke. It’s time for a expansion to even things out in my opinion.

    • pxland - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      Expansion? Because small, non-traditional hockey markets are doing so well? Because there’s way too much talent to go around? I think the last thing the NHL needs is expansion.

      • 19to77 - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        Why go to small, non-traditional hockey markets? No-one’s advocating to continue the stupid decision-making that led to the Phoenix soap opera. Head to Quebec City, Markham or Seattle. Put a hockey team near a Canadian population centre and it’ll sustain itself fine. Seattle might not be traditional, but it’s got the size and money to do well and the proximity to Vancouver would help too.

  4. banger60 - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    every year you hear a team has an easy schedule, NFL, MLB, etc, if it’s the Rangers, i’m happy! Go Rangers!

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