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Condensed Schedule - Who Will Suffer?

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The Boston Bruins are at the tops of the league, with an 11-2-2 record. They have played 15 games - the least amount of anyone in the league.

Now, the question is, would they have a similar winning percentage with more games played? Or has their success been at least in part due to a fairly easy schedule so far? Will their ability to win games suffer when they start playing more?

We're about to find out. Starting tomorrow, the Bruins play 33 games in only 61 days. There are five back-to-backs, and only one 2-day rest. You gotta think that fatigue and injuries will set them back a bit. Especially when their cornerstone defenseman is turning 36.

Who else may suffer from the schedule tightening up on them? My guess is the Calgary Flames. Starting March 6th, they play 29 games in 56 days, including six back-to-backs. Most of their key players are in their mid-30's, and in recent years have a very poor record in the second half of back-to-backs. They are still in the mix standings-wise for a playoff spot, but they really needed to make hay with the lighter early schedule, because it's only going to get harder for them.

On the other hand, Detroit's schedule seems to get easier later in the season. They played 19 games in the first 37 days, with a few 2-day rests, but for the rest of the season have multiple 2/3-day rest breaks. They also have multiple games against the Oilers, Avalanche, Blue Jackets, and Flames left (almost 1/3 of their remaining games are against those bottom-feeders).

Are there any teams that you think will suffer or benefit from the nuances of this year's schedule?

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Everyone is in the same boat. Boston has always been a good team, they've been healthy from the start, for us, we just got Kesler and just recently ended a 4 games in 6 nights brutality road trip. The team with the fewest depth will suffer the most.

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