It’s not so much Nashville Predators winger Nick Spaling misses an 82-game season; it’s that he misses the Floridian weather.
That’s a perk when facing the Eastern Conference: Heading down to face the Southeast Division’s Lightning and Panthers, with the games somewhat spaced out on the schedule. Instead, it’s a 48-game, Western Conference exclusive mini-marathon to the postseason, with the games bunched together.
“This is a busy schedule. We’re not used to as many games as there have been. Every other day,” said Spaling on Sunday, as the Predators prepared for a matinee against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday. “The first week or so of every-other-day was a little bit of a shock to the body. That was the toughest part.