beLIEve wrote:Even though it seems like they'll go with 50 games, 48 is still possible. Assuming they do go with 48, I just did a quick look at the home schedule only. It shouldn't change by too much. They'll need 24 home games. They currently have 21 scheduled with the following breakdown:
Tampa Bay 1
NY Rangers 2
NY Islanders 2
They need to play those first 2 groups once at home. They'll need to play their own division a minimum of 3 times at home (2 of the teams would be 4 time at home).
So the home game changes would be:
-change the opponent on the 2 non conference games (lets call that Carolina and Winnipeg for example)
-change the opponent on the 3 extra Montreal Buffalo and Boston games (lets call those all devils games for example)
-add 3 more home dates to the schedule (call that 1 each to Flyers, NY Rangers, NY Islanders for example)
That means to be in compliance with what the shortened season format is expected to be, they'll only need to change a minimum of 5 home opponents, and only add 3 dates to the schedule.
Well if what McKenzie just tweeted is true about the format, that just blew my 7 games against division and 2 against the rest of the East out of the water. He's claiming 5 games against 2 division opponents, 4 games against the other 2 division opponents, and 3 games against the rest of the East. That means there are a lot more possibilities of how to rework the schedule (still think the vast majority of home dates stay the same though)