Two games in two nights is often looked upon as being a disadvantage to teams, as it provides little rest for the players and will often times require travel. On the other side of the argument players are in such good shape that the impact is thought to be minimal.
There has been some research done on the effects of back-to-back games including a piece done by Ken Campbell of Hockey News - check it out here.
Either way, we decided to break down the 2013-14 NHL season schedule to pin-point the number of back-to-back series in total and by type for each team.
|2013-14 NHL Back-to-Back Series for Each Team|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||17||0||3||5||9|
|Detroit Red Wings||15||0||5||5||5|
|Los Angeles Kings||14||0||11||2||1|
|New Jersey Devils||22||2||5||9||6|
|New York Islanders||18||3||6||5||4|
|New York Rangers||13||2||4||3||4|
|San Jose Sharks||10||1||8||1||0|
|St. Louis Blues||13||0||7||4||2|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||12||2||7||2||1|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||16||0||6||3||7|
The average NHL team has 14.6 back-to-back games during the 2013-14 season. The New Jersey Devils have the greatest number of back-to-back games with a total of 22 with the Carolina Hurricanes coming in with the second most at 20. While a total of three teams are tied for the fewest at 10 - Avalanche, Sharks, Jets.
The Vancouver Canucks lead the NHL in home-home games at 4 - a total of 17 teams, more than half the league, have no back-to-back home-home games. However, the Canucks have the second most away-away games at 10 just one back of the league leading Kings who have 11.
Across the NHL for the 2013-14 season, there is a total of 438 back-to-back games, which means over the NHL season an average of 17.8% of games include at least one team coming off a game the night before.
Here is a breakdown by type of total back-to-back series:
- Home-home: 23 games or 5.25%
- Away-away: 186 or 42.47%
- Home-away: 117 or 26.71%
- Away-home: 112 or 25.57%