As if you needed any indication that the Northeast United States is the best place to live and that Philadelphia is the best of the five major cities along the Northeast Corridor, here's a look at the 2014-15 NHL Super Schedule, which tracks how many miles teams will travel over the course of the year.
The Philadelphia Flyers will travel less than every other team in the NHL this coming season -- in total, 31,272 miles, or a full 1,172 miles less than the closest team to them on the list, the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Compare that with the Arizona Coyotes, who will travel a whopping 49,818 miles this season, and also consider that road trips to places like Washington, Newark and New York City are simple Amtrak rides and not plane trips, making this even easier for the Flyers. (For the record, the Flyers typically fly from PHL to Republic Airport on Long Island for games against the Islanders.)
The Super Schedule also tracks back-to-back sets of games each team is forced to play. The Flyers schedule has been pretty consistent in this department lately, and they'll play 14 back-to-backs in 2014-15. That's the same number they played last year and just one more than they did in 2011-12.
Here's a full look at the numbers:
|Team||2014-15 Miles ▴||2014-15 B-to-B||2013-14 Miles||2013-14 B-to-B||2011-12 Miles||2011-12 B-to-B|
|San Jose Sharks||45,318||11||57,612||10||43,994||14|
|Los Angeles Kings||44,100||9||48,432||14||55,591||15|
|St. Louis Blues||38,965||14||39,328||13||38,781||17|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||37,221||12||43,102||12||43,717||10|
|New York Rangers||36,113||13||29,839||13||36,385||14|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||35,139||19||36,597||17||42,831||16|
|Detroit Red Wings||34,179||12||35,324||15||42,865||14|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||34,020||18||35,975||16||32,239||17|
|New Jersey Devils||33,597||18||33,151||22||28,597||15|
|New York Islanders||33,214||16||29,933||18||32,410||13|
|Source: Dirk Hoag / Hockey Gear HQ|