Schedule Problems.

June 25, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Posted in Buffalo Sabres, Randomness, Washington Capitals | Leave a comment

So originally I was quite excited about the schedule because the Caps were coming here at convenient times so I would be able to enjoy both the Sabres and the Capitals at the same time without having to worry about school or projects or tests the next day.

Today, however, I finally got around to looking at the schedules in some detail, because plans need to be made.  Since the Sabres are here, whenever I get offered tickets I can just check my schedule, decide hockey > homework, and go.  To see Washington, however, takes a bit more planning since travel is involved.

After the success that was the DC Adventure back in April, it was decided that we must find a way to get back for another game this year.  (And there were also a few promises made about making the trek again if the Caps were to make the Cup Finals, but I don’t want to talk about it to jinx anything.)  However, this is made somewhat problematic by the non-compressed schedule this upcoming season.  Last season it was game after game because the league needed to fit them around the Olympic break.  This season, there are breaks of several days without games.  I usually like it this way.  In the past, when I’ve just about had it with the Sabres, I enjoy the break and don’t even think about them and then come back refreshed and ready to try tolerating them again.  Breaks in play usually work out well for me.

For the Caps, however, the roomier schedule means less games during weeks and weekends when I have a break, and this means problems.  February break?  They only play one game at home at the tail end.  (Although this game’s timing – a day after my birthday – might work in my favor.)  Christmas break?  Well, they play Pittsburgh our first day of it and then after that they’re off for several days.  April?  Our only vacay is later in the month, meaning that it’ll already be playoffs.  The only other time we have a few days off is the opening weekend in October, when my school has generously scheduled a superintendent’s conference day the Friday before Columbus Day.  So, if I am to see the Caps in their home environment this year, it’s looking like it will either be New Jersey that weekend or the Rangers in February.  We shall have to see how this plays out.

Despite the frustration the schedule provides, I must admit, planning road trips for games is FUN.

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