The NHL last year had a real whacky schedule that had some things in it that just should not ever happen like having the Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals play each other 5 times in less than 2 weeks. This years schedule doesn’t seem to be much better. The Leafs and Senators have one of the better rivalries in the NHL and we will see that in abundance in October as they play each other 4 times. Four of Ottawa’s first 9 games are against the Leafs but then they play each other just once during November, December and January. The season is 6 months long and they play 8 games against each other. Would it really be that hard to schedule approximately on game per month with a couple of back 2 back games in there? Wouldn’t it be nice to also finish the season against some rivals? The Sens-Leafs last play each other on March 10, almost a month before the end of the season and the Leafs finish the season with games against Carolina, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, New York Islanders and Montreal. Not a lot of excitement in those games (aside from Montreal which may not matter at that point) as we are all gearing up for the playoffs. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a game against Ottawa and Boston and Buffalo during that stretch? I am sure there are other stupidities in the NHL schedule too.