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NHL Releases Schedule for 2008/09 Season, Western Teams Again Get the Shaft
Friday, July 18, 2008
So the National Hockey League announced their schedule for the upcoming 2008/09 season and yet again the western teams get the short end of the stick. The only good thing is that all six Canadian NHL teams will play each other home and away next season for the first time since before the lockout.

As always the western teams specifically Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver get the short end of the stick. There was a great message posted on Sportsnet about this:

I remember when it used to be a rarity for a team to play back to back games with the games in different cities. Having to play one night, travel the same
night, then play the next night in a different city? It just didn't happen. Now, though? The Oilers play 16 back to back games this year and EACH AND EVERY ONE has them playing in two different cities. Not one of their back to backs are both at home. I'd be much more upset if the schedule makers aren't apparently screwing everyone else... Out of the 3 teams I checked, Edmonton is 16 for 16, Calgary 13 for 13, and Vancouver 10 for 11 for having to play in different cities for their back to back games. What is up with that? This schedule is BRUTAL. I honestly hope there was a typo and someone mixed up the visitor and
home columns as that's the only way this schedule makes any sense at all.
So true though, I have been saying this for years, the Western teams have terrible schedules. It's almost a conspiracy.

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