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Poll results: Canucks edge Sharks for toughest schedule

Jul 28, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

Earlier on Sunday night, it was revealed that the New York Rangers have the easiest 2013-14 schedule, at least according to PHT readers. So, who faces the toughest road?

As you can see from the top five, the Vancouver Canucks’ combination of heavy mileage and back-to-backs gave them the nod. Their 403 votes (24.69 percent) edged the San Jose Sharks’ 19.55 percent share (319 votes), as those two teams took a hearty chunk of the 1,632 total votes:


If you want another idea regarding the popularity of the Chicago Blackhawks, chew on this: they were in the top five for both the easiest and toughest schedules. Another interesting fact is that the Rangers came in at eighth place among the toughest schedule poll with 50 votes, although that only accounted for 3.06 percent.

In case you want some context, here’s how the top five toughest schedules look from the context of On the Forecheck’s super schedule.

Vancouver: 48,510 miles traveled, 17 back-to-backs
San Jose: 57,612 miles, 10 BtB
Boston: 42,389 miles, 17 BtB
Phoenix: 52,633 miles, 12 BtB
Chicago: 38,680 miles, 18 BtB

Judging from that snapshot, it seems like voters weigh both mileage and back-to-backs quite a bit.

Here are the teams who drew the least amount of votes:


Colorado, Edmonton and Nashville were in the bottom five of the easiest poll, too.

Related: Rangers take the easiest schedule vote

  1. hockeyfansubban76 - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    I Do Believe the Devils play 22 Back to Back . 22>17

    • James O'Brien - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      Apparently voters believed that their 33,151 miles of travel balanced that out, then.

      • dku5 - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        The miles is a misdirection, though.

        1) The teams face each other both home and away. Therfore, their opponenets also travel the same distance to face each other, and the advantage is level. ( For example, Vancouver has to fly to San Jose, but san Jose also has to fly to Vancouver. Devils have a short trip to play against the Pens, but the Pens have a short drive to face the Devils.)

        2) A West coast team can fly to Boston and visit Boston, NYI, NYR, Devils, Philly, Pittsburgh and Washinton and still have a day or two rest/practive between games without getting on the plane. Washington can have the same road trip between Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, San Jose, LA, Anahiem and Phoenix, but they will be on a plane between almost every game.

        Is the miles just a simple calculation of the miles between cities, or the actual travel plans for the teams?

    • kaptaanamerica - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      The Devils take a team bus to their away games if you can call them that… get a clue, there’s a huge difference in miles traveled and mode of travel. A lot of the Canucks back to backs involve crossing time zones, wake up before you comment…

      • packerswin96 - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:08 AM

        Don’t have to be an asshole about it! He was only making an observation.

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    How the hell does VAN have a tougher schedule than SJ ?

    • davebabychreturns - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      By virtue of having nearly twice as many back to backs (or simply by having more Canucks fans voting on this site – take your pick).

      On the subject of back to backs, I think what should really be tracked is back to backs with more than 150 miles of travel in between (to cut out the “they played at MSG the night after they played in New Jersey” results). Those are the real grenades in the schedule, most teams turn in their worst efforts of the season on games like a Sunday matinee in Raleigh after playing in Dallas the night before (or what have you).

      Conversely it would be interesting to see which teams most often have the advantage of waiting at home (or even arriving on the road a few days beforehand) to play a team that played and traveled the previous night.

  3. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Cue all of the fans to come in and argue their team has the toughest schedule. And also Blohard with some nonsensical rant where he puts a bunch of random words in quotations and then goes on and on about how the Kings are still Stanley Cup Champions…he’s the Kings version of the “good job, good effort” kid.

    • blomfeld - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      Just ‘ZIP IT” Watergate !

  4. phxhockeyfan - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    I took Division opponents into account also when voting (voted Phoenix 1st). Phoenix has 2nd most mileage, 12 B2Bs, plays Sharks, Kings, Ducks, Canucks. Who knows if/when Oilers investment in sucking all those years to get back-to-back-to-back 1st rounders will pay off. Flames are terrible. Chicago’s division is a joke this year. Maybe St. Louis puts up a fight, but I doubt it. With Detroit gone, they’ll own that Division for years to come. Pacific division is going to be very tough in my opinion. Can’t wait for Oct 1st!

  5. paledevil - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Couldn’t of happened to a nicer bunch of guys and fans.. wait wrong words nicer bunch of vampires and freaks

    • blomfeld - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      True story friend …

      back in the summer of ’92, I dated this rabid Canuck fan who claimed to be among other things, an ‘actual’ vampire … she was ‘extremely’ hot and so I went along with her silly charades of us drinking blood together (cranberry juice) and then listening to this stupid Gothic music, as ‘good times’ would always result in the end :) …. after a time however it became boring for me and so I severed relations with her … but man, that expression that nothing is worse than the ‘wrath of a woman scorned’ would do no justice to the anger which I faced from this particular woman ! … and the kicker was that I didn’t even tell her I was an LA King’s fan ! … can you believe that crap ?

      ps: come to think of it, I’ve probably ‘shared’ more time with Canuckle Nation than I care to admit ? :)

  6. blomfeld - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:33 PM


    Friends, I came to learn a long time ago that there’s a time to ‘stand down’ or ‘back off’ if you will … even when it comes to those who are deserving. And I would submit to you that ‘now’ is such a time for these Vancouver Canucks and their fans, notwithstanding our collective ‘disgust’ for their diving and post-game pyrotechnics …

    – Kesler is taking on a Cro Magnon Man likeness ?
    – Aqulini’s ‘soon to be’ ex wife is going after the wine collection ?
    – Benito ‘Il Duce’ Tortorella is the new coach ?
    – Luongo to cause a ‘Lehman Brothers’ styled financial collapse of the entire team ?
    – So-called # 1 Cory Schneider gets dumped like yesterday’s papers ?
    – David Booth resigns from the NRA ?
    – entire ‘towns’ in Sweden are recently discovered to be inhabited by Sedin clones ?

    this ‘toughest schedule’ business is almost too much to take without laughing out loud :) … therefore let us say ‘nothing’ and simply move on, as these people now have only themselves to make peace with God …

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      Just as predicted, nonsensical ‘rant’…check, ‘odd’ quotation ‘marks’ thrown around ‘words’ where there’s ‘no’ need for them….check, some ridiculous YouTube ‘video’…check. Where’s the proclamation of the Kings being the real champions?

      • opmcmt - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:51 AM

        Seems to work if you read it pretending to be William Shatner doing Kirk.

  7. desertfan - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    B/B is 5 times the negative of total miles.

    Even in CHL b/b kills the team for that 2nd night,

    Should be one more measure though- and a huge one.

    B/B vs a team NOT playing a B/B???

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