One of the upshots of the NHL realignment that was voted on and approved by the Board of Governors yesterday is that the teams in the former Central Division (or now “Conference C,” if you will) have more games against eastern teams. That means slightly earlier start times for better TV ratings, and limited travel all the way out to Vancouver and whatnot. Honestly, would you rather watch a game start at 6 or at 9? Which would your boss prefer you to watch?â†µ
Dirk Hoag at SB Nation’s Nashville Predators blog has the breakdown of travel times. Nothing tops the 222 miles the former Atlantic Division-ish teams get, but the Blues’ new cluster seems to have actually benefited from the Detroit Red Wings fussing about better start times for their team/less travel. Thanks, Detroit!