Thursday, January 10, 2013
NHL Schedule: 48 games/99 days
So most NHL teams are going to play 48 games in 99 days. That's quite a pace -- but not unprecedented, even in a non-lockout season.
The Isles played 48 games/99 days as recently as the 2010-11 season. Games 31-78 were played in a 99-day span.
The Isles also did it in three overlapping periods in 2009-10, eight overlapping periods in 2007-08, and 12 overlapping periods in 2003-04. Both the 2002/03 and 2003/04 Isles ended the season with 48 games in 99 days -- both teams also made the playoffs.
Other 48/99's or less: once in 2002/03 (cited above), three times in 1999/2000 and NINETEEN times in 1972-73.
The fewest days needed to play 48 regular season Islander games: 94, between December 4, 1972 and March 13, 1973. The Isles went 6-39-3 in those 48 games, accumulating 15 of the 30 (12-60-6) points they earned all season.
In the 48-game 1994-95 season, the Isles played 48 games in 101 days, opening on January 21 and finishing on May 2.
The final game of the 1994-95 season was also the last time the Islanders played a game in May, coming closest in 2001-02 (losing on April 30th in game 7 to the Leafs).
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick