30 teams. 82 games per team.
For what seems like the third or fourth time in the past six years, I will be unable to attend an Avalanche game because the NHL did not schedule an Avs-Flyers game in Philadelphia.
You should, too.
How pissed are fans in other cities that will be unable to watch Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, or Matt Duchene? (Too soon? Probably.)
The NHL wants to sell the game, but by not guaranteeing that every team plays in every city, they are not giving ans total access to some of its best players. Want to market the surging Blackhawks? Allow fans from every NHL city to see them live. Want to fill seats? Let Avalanche fans watch the Bruins instead of the Wild.
It's also ridiculous to not realize that there are fans of teams living in other cities than the team itself. I won't be able to watch Paul Stastny this season (except on Center Ice) because the NHL wants the Islanders in the Wachovia Center a bazillion times. Exciting.
No Avs for me this year.