Every season, Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck compiles the schedules from around the NHL and determines just which teams will have the most or least travel. This is of most concern for the Dallas Stars, who typically have some of the toughest travel in the league, playing in the Pacific Division while playing at home in Texas.
With the 2013 season just 49 games and featuring only matchups against Western Conference teams and division-heavy schedule, it was already likely the Stars would once again be at the top of the list of most travel miles by any team in the NHL.
According to Dirk's calculations, the Stars will have the second-most travel miles of any team in the NHL, behind only the Minnesota Wild. From his article:
|Los Angeles Kings||28,132||8|
|Detroit Red Wings||27,471||12|
If you remember, the Stars would have had the most travel of any team in the league with the original 82-game schedule, by a fairly wide margin.
While the miles will remain tough for the Stars no matter who they might be playing and in what division, the toughest issue with Dallas playing the Pacific Division has always been the change across time zones and how that may affect players when hitting the road. The constant time changes, as well as the miles, tend to wear on a team -- although we've been told it's not as big a factor with the players as we might think.
That being said, the Stars are desperate to get out of the Pacific Division and this is one of the main reasons why.