(Monday Mashup) Schedule Released

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The 2014-15 NHL schedule was released yesterday, and the news wasn’t great for the Maple Leafs (click to view the Leafs schedule).


(In layman’s terms, the Leafs get to play a tired team while rested only 5 times, but played a rested team while tired 14 times).

 Rank out of 30
Total back to backst-3rd
Games as rested teamt-27th
Games as tired teamt-3rd

According to more of Gus’s data, out of a sample of 17220 games, a tired team’s winning percentage is .495 while a rested team’s is .596.

At least they’re in the East. Using a 4th line might be important in those tired back to backs.

 

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  • Kouba

    Piece of cake for LAK, dynasty in making.

    Still, I would prefer the Columbus one. The Leafs schedule is too soft to get McDavid.
    No excuses.

  • Mind Bomb

    Hmm Nice start, first 6 games all against playoff teams from last year 3 divisional, 5 out of six are in our Conference.

    Good start= Must :)

  • MLHS_Luke

    Wait, there’s a 5:45AM??

  • maple1967leafs

    MLHS_Luke morning morning mashup

  • MLHS_Luke

    The only thing more surprising about this schedule is that Montreal has more than 8 B2Bs.

  • Burtonboy

    Guess Shanny doesn’t have much pull with Bettman anymore (:

  • Loric76

    Mind Bomb Other way around.  I hope they struggle somewhat out of the gate, so they don’t get over confident and let the “play like crap but win” style take hold again.  Let reality set in that they have to work to win, not coast.

  • Pent_House

    Can’t really complain about shit that wasn’t in management’s hands. All you can do is play the hand you were dealt. 4th line will be important this year, as well as playing with leads.

  • Loric76

    Pent_House It’s not management’s fault at all…but we can still complain :)

  • Burtonboy

    Surely this stuff comes up at BOG and GM meetings ?

  • fraggleZOMBIE

    I never understand why the NHL does this. Why don’t they do more of the home at home series games where the same teams play back to back. I think makes for better competition and both teams come in playing the night before and travelling.

  • Loric76

    Burtonboy Ya it must, especially when the Leafs get the worst of it two years in a row.

    They talk about it but there’s likely not an easy fix.  The scheduling is based on TV ratings (Leafs get lots of Saturday night games),arena availability (ACC is a busy place), etc.

  • Pent_House

    fraggleZOMBIE I believe a lot comes down to Building Availability

  • wendelsway1

    Good Morning Gents……same old, same old……..nobody was really expecting Leafs to get a favourable schedule were they?

  • Burtonboy

    Loric76 Burtonboy Yeah a place like MSG or Sunrise in Miami are booked solid all the time . It must be quite the juggling act to work out an NHL schedule

  • Loric76

    wendelsway1 morning WW.  Caught me by surprise honestly.  Noise was made about the high number of B2B’s last season so I figured it might be an anomaly due to the Olympics (assumed previous years were better since I hadn’t heard controversy about it before).  Assumed it would go back to normal this season.

  • Loric76

    Burtonboy Loric76 I’ve often wondered how much of it is automated and how much is manual.  Do they load all of the data into some program that sorts it all out and spits out the schedule, or is there some dude that sifts through it for weeks slowly piecing it together?  Probably a bit of both.

  • wendelsway1

    Loric76 wendelsway1 Like you said, Sat. night games, other commitments, etc., etc…..I’m sure Bettman can explain it away  😉

  • Burtonboy

    Loric76 Burtonboy I’ve heard they have some sort of progam they use .

  • mcloki

    Morning gents. Well, at least there will be news Friday. Have a beautiful day.

  • Burtonboy

    wendelsway1 Loric76 Pretty sure most teams are trying to get the Leafs in their building on optimum nights if they can.. Leafs are a big draw where ever they go.

  • Burtonboy

    wendelsway1 Loric76 Like Loric said Gate revenue and TV play a huge part in this for sure

  • wendelsway1

    Burtonboy wendelsway1 Loric76 I’m sure you’re right…..but it’s a Monday, nothing is happening in Leafland, and I need something to complain about…lol  :)

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Burtonboy wendelsway1 Loric76 Yeah that makes sense

  • Burtonboy

    Alec Brownscombe Burtonboy wendelsway1 Loric76 I know the stats show otherwise but in my mind a B2B shouldn’t be an excuse anyway . AHL teams do those every freakin weekend

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/mirtle https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/481038321297010688
    Yes the Leafs have a ton of back-to-backs but they will also travel the sixth fewest miles in NHL http://t.co/3TauXHLHup via https://twitter.com/Forechecker

  • MLHS_Luke

    Loric76 Burtonboy I thought it was because of Rogers – because they want lots of Leaf games on Sundays this year.

  • Loric76

    So come a week tomorrow, are the Leafs more likely to go after Stastny or a vet D like Boyle?  Realistically they can’t do both without moving another significant contract out.

    Do they bolster their C or the D ranks?

  • Loric76

    MLHS_Luke Loric76 Burtonboy that’s part of it, but there’s only a handful on Sunday’s I believe.  There’s also a handful of Saturdays without a Leafs game, so the Sunday’s aren’t all B2B’s.

  • The_Irv

    Personally I think they would like both if they could manage to do so.
    Stastny fills a void up the middle, while Boyle, although maybe not the ideal d man for this club, is a vet presence which I think this team sorely needs.
    I know sometimes vets seem like a waste of cap space but I think the experience and dressing room presence can help transition younger teams faster. If it’s a one or two year deal I don’t mind having Boyle in the dressing room to groom Gardiner and Rielly

  • jbman5

    Feeling a trade today….

  • Loric76

    Burtonboy Alec Brownscombe wendelsway1 Loric76 It’s not really an excuse as much as it’s the only thing to talk about right now :)

    It’s not the B2B’s as much as the staggered schedules.  The AHL’s B2B’s are very often with both teams on both nights.

  • Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs

    Dewy Keon Hogturd 
    Ill offer you Colonel Saunders. Much higher rank than a mere Captain of America.

  • Mind Bomb

    Good morning Folks

  • wendelsway1

    Mind Bomb Morning MB  :)

  • Mind Bomb

    Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs Dewy Keon Hogturd I have General Handgrenade , up for UFA, looking for a 1st , prospect and a Pick ! :)

  • Loric76

    Mind Bomb Morning

  • wendelsway1

    Mind Bomb Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs Dewy Keon Hogturd Any trade has to include a new toaster coming back  😉  lol      Bobby!!!

  • Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs

    Mind Bomb 
    A general – cant top that. Ill offer Colonel Saunders and be left with Major Dissapointment

  • Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs

    Burtonboy 
    Oh thats good. The team will be knackered but the buss might not need an oil change this year.

  • Cameron19

    Burtonboy There are a lot of factors that mitigate that travel for some of those teams though. I think it’s safe to say the Leafs don’t have a very good schedule, and consistently get the shit end of the stick in this regard.

  • Loric76

    The_Irv How do you make it fit then?  If they bring both Stastny and Boyle in, for example, they’re several million over the cap.  I’ve tried to make it work below (albeit including Bolland too) and can’t.  The only way I see it working is if they don’t sign Bolland, or if Lupul is moved out.

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    Joffrey Lupul ($5.250m) / Tyler Bozak ($4.200m) / Nazem Kadri ($2.900m) 
    Leo Komarov ($2.000m) / Dave Bolland ($4.000m) / David Clarkson ($5.250m) 
    Jerry D’Amigo ($0.700m) / Peter Holland ($0.850m) / Carter Ashton ($0.700m) 
    Colton Orr ($0.925m) 
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    Jake Gardiner ($2.500m) / Dion Phaneuf ($7.000m) 
    Carl Gunnarsson ($3.150m) / Dan Boyle ($5.000m) 
    Morgan Rielly ($0.894m) / Cody Franson ($3.000m) 
    Paul Ranger ($1.250m) / Petter Granberg ($0.800m) 
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    James Reimer ($2.000m) 
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  • Mind Bomb

    Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs Mind Bomb We have to  many Major Disapointments already :)

  • Cameron19

    Burtonboy Alec Brownscombe wendelsway1 Loric76 Yea, but then they’ll have a week off.

  • Mind Bomb

    Loric76 The_Irv Morning Lor, No Bolland fixes that :)

  • Loric76

    Mind Bomb Loric76 The_Irv lol ya, sort of.  Without Bolland you move Bozak or Naz down to the 3rd line, but then we need a RW with 0 cap space.  Could run with only 7 D and use the freed space to sign Bodie or someone like that again on the cheap, but our bottom 6 were ineffective scorers to begin with…

  • Cameron19

    Loric76 The_Irv Don’t sight Bolland, find a cheaper version. No need to have Granberg up unless he’s playing as he can go back and forth without waivers. Komarov likely won’t sign here. That puts you well under. From there you could still make decisions on Franson, and get someone cheaper than Reimer.

  • Cameron19

    Loric76 Mind Bomb The_Irv It’s not like anyone’s going to claim Bodie. We shouldn’t hurt our cap situation to have guys like him on the roster. Orr should not be on the roster either.

  • Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs

    Mind Bomb 
    And we are all in the sh!t house.
    You could say we are loo-tenants

  • Loric76

    Cameron19 Loric76 Mind Bomb The_Irv You just know Orr will be tho