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Winners and losers in 2015-16 NHL schedule mileage (Puck Daddy)

For yet another year, Pacific Division teams will be burning up the jet fuel for travel. The one and only Dirk Hoag , former head of On the Forecheck , looked at the NHL’s schedule and came up with an estimate of how many miles teams will travel. Teams in the Pacific Division occupy six spots in the top-10.  Behold the table below that shows … Edmonton’s Connor McDavid will go way, way further to play his hockey games than Buffalo’s Jack Eichel in their rookie years. Miles and back-to-backs games go through the 2013-14 season, the first year of the NHL’s current divisional format.  The table was originally released by OTF:  Team 2015-16 Miles 2015-16 B-to-B  2014-15 Miles  2014-15 B-to-B  2013-14 Miles  2013-14 B-to-B  San Jose Sharks 50,362 14  45,318  11  57,612  10  Edmonton Oilers 49,401 9  45,597  11  45,192  12  Dallas Stars 48,419 12  48,216  12  46,660  13  Calgary Flames 48,341 12  38,874  10  48,970  12  Vancouver Canucks 45,711 13  45,173  12  48,510  17  Anaheim Ducks 44,653 11  46,967  13  48,568  14  Los Angeles Kings 43,750 13  44,100  9  48,432  14  Colorado Avalanche 42,901 10  44,167  12  49,007  10  Winnipeg Jets 42,380 12  42,027  9  46,477  10  Florida Panthers 41,891 14  42,786  12  45,136  14  Carolina Hurricanes 41,558 16  40,800  16  38,879  20  Minnesota Wild 40,976 15  41,178  13  44,273  13  Tampa Bay Lightning 40,974 13  37,221  12  43,102  12  St. Louis Blues 40,649 12  38,965  14  39,328  13  Arizona Coyotes 40,504 15  49,818  13  52,633  12  Montreal Canadiens 39,947 16  37,135  16  39,327  17  Chicago Blackhawks 39,332 13  40,074  15  38,680  18  Ottawa Senators 38,796 14  33,421  13  34,850  16  Boston Bruins 38,236 11  38,938  16  42,389  17  Columbus Blue Jackets 37,602 18  35,139  19  36,597  17  Nashville Predators 36,971 12  42,096  11  39,810  15  New Jersey Devils 36,271 12  33,597  18  33,151  22  New York Rangers 36,089 17  36,113  13  29,839  13  Washington Capitals 35,487 13  36,487  16  36,250  17  New York Islanders 35,015 15  33,214  16  29,933  18  Philadelphia Flyers 34,811 15  31,272  14  34,929  14  Buffalo Sabres 34,201 15  37,022  19  34,812  13  Toronto Maple Leafs 33,880 16  34,020  18  35,975  16  Pittsburgh Penguins 33,660 17  32,444  17  37,061  17  Detroit Red Wings 33,487 17  34,179  12  35,324  15 Hoag also made an incredibly detailed spreadsheet on this .  A few reactions to this… • The Detroit Red Wings must really, really love playing in the Eastern Conference. Per the 2011-12 super schedule , Detroit traveled 42,865 miles. On this graph they will travel an estimated 33,487 miles. Those 9,378 or so fewer miles go a long, long way. In 2011-12 the Blue Jackets, the other former Western Conference team moved East, went 42,831 miles. On the above graph they will travel an estimate 37,602 miles. • A total of 14 teams will travel fewer miles than last year. Which means 16 teams will travel more.  • I’m amazed the Philadelphia Flyers don’t travel the fewest miles for the second straight year. Have they lost their favored status with the NHL? • Teams that joined the Central Division after the 2012-13 season seem to still have the screws put to them from a travel perspective. Out of the top-10 most traveled teams, the only Central Division teams are relative divisional newbies Dallas, Winnipeg and Colorado. Minnesota is the fourth-most traveled Central team. They rank 12th overall. So much for that whole realignment limiting their miles.  • San Jose will travel the most miles for the second time in three years since the new alignment. Guess that’s the price you pay for being able to play Putt-Putt in the middle of winter. • The Western Conference team with most back to backs is the Arizona Coyotes. Seven Eastern Conference squads have more with Columbus topping out at 18. Columbus will travel close to 2,902 fewer miles than Arizona. Would you rather play three more back to backs or travel 3,000 more air miles? • The top-three most traveled Eastern Conference teams, Florida, Carolina and Tampa, all play below the Mason-Dixon line. The South will rise again! • After Jan. 18, the Penguins will not have to leave the Eastern timezone. • The Nashville Predators will travel 5,125 fewer miles than a year ago and only play one more back-to-back. They owe the NHL schedule maker a cold one. • Hopefully McDavid knows how to pack a suitcase.  – – – – – – – Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper MORE FROM YAHOO SPORTS