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Evening out holes in the schedule

It's impossible for 30 teams to play a balanced 82-game schedule. But there are better ways to do it.

Updated: December 23, 2003, 11:15 AM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

If the Florida Panthers' fans, at least the few who remain, wanted to watch their team play the Detroit Red Wings this season, they had to clear time to watch the Panthers-Wings game on television Monday -- live from Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings don't go to Sunrise, Fla., this season, which seems unfair given the fact that some of them (both healthy and otherwise) are old enough to use the trip to scout out senior-citizen communities.

If the Calgary Flames' fans see their team play ...

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