The Kings will travel approximately 43,750 miles this season. That’s the seventh-most miles traveled in hockey, and it comes via the annual report by fellow Wolverine Dirk Hoag, a former editor and writer at SB Nation Nashville Predators blog, On the Forecheck. Every year Hoag (this year with the assistance of Jonathan Garcia) tabulates the approximate number of miles traveled by team, and as expected, six Pacific Division teams (plus Pacific alumni Dallas and Colorado) will travel more than the teams of any other division.
Here are the miles traveled by Pacific Division teams, with back-to-back sets in parentheses:
San Jose: 50,362 (14)
Edmonton: 49,401 (9)
Calgary: 48,341 (12)
Vancouver 45,711 (13)
Anaheim: 44,653 (11)
LOS ANGELES: 43,750 (13)
Arizona: 40,504 (15)
-With nine back-to-back sets last season, the Kings and Winnipeg Jets were tied for the fewest in the NHL. Los Angeles has 13 this season; Winnipeg, 12.
-After having traveled the most miles in hockey last season, the Arizona Coyotes are expected to travel the fewest miles in the Pacific Division in 2015-16.
-With 33,487 miles traveled, the Detroit Red Wings will travel the fewest miles in the league this season. That’s 9,378 fewer miles than they traveled in 2011-12, their last 82-game Western Conference schedule.
-As noted by Josh Cooper of Puck Daddy, the Penguins will not leave the Eastern Time Zone after January 18.