Get ready to look a hell of a lot more pooped, Teej.
Happy NHL Schedule Day, everyone! I (unlike everyone else in the NHL, apparently) am going to ignore when St. Louis plays the Winnipeg NHL (no, really, that’s what they’re called on the schedule) and look at the actual Blues’ schedule. The Blues’ site has it posted, with downloadable versions coming shortly. A few things stick out.
1. Only three home games in October. They start off playing Nashville on the 8th, play the Flames on the 10th, and then play the Canes on the 21st. That’s it.
2. They play the Blackhawks and Red Wings at home earlier this year than last, but don’t go to Chicago until February and Detroit until December. The customary New Year’s Eve game against the Red Wings is back, though.
3. December and January seem really heavy on the home games, so I suppose that’s a good trade off for October.
4. February seems like a holy nightmare. March is even worse.
5. The longest break the team has between games is five days, over Christmas. After that, the longest break they have is three days. These guys better have some serious staminia. Is it just me, or are most of the games just two days apart?
Finally, why is it that it always seems like the Blues’ season gets harder down the stretch? Not whining here, because they’re professional athletes who should be able to cope with this, but good God, NHL. We’re a team with a bunch of young marketable talent. Wouldn’t you like to see the Blues make the playoffs and not promptly get swept? Imagine the money you could make by exposing Oshie and Backes to the entire universe.