from Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck,
The Los Angeles Kings and Buffalo Sabres are the big winners today with the NHL’s release of the 2012-2013 Regular Season schedule, when you examine the travel burden faced by all 30 teams.
Thanks to the fact that this season will not have opening games over in Europe, the Kings will travel more than 10,000 fewer miles than last season, when they led the league. The Sabres, who had to cope with a league-most 21 sets of games played on back-to-back nights in 2011-2012, now have the 2nd-fewest in the NHL, with only 11 on tap for the upcoming campaign.
This marks the 5th year I’ve taken the NHL’s regular season schedule and added in information that tells you how far each team travels along the way during the 82-game grind, how many times they have to play on back-to-back nights, and some strength-of-schedule information as well.
continued including a whole bunch of travel related stats…