Meltzer’s Musings: Jump in the Fire

I have always had a theory about the rhythm and pacing of the regular season hockey schedule: It is sometimes better to catch top-grade opposition either very early in the season or during the stretch drive than in the middle of the year.

During the early part of the season, many teams (even the top ones in the league) are trying to get their systems in sync. Special teams may take a few weeks

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