"It feels like we moved to New York," laughed Bo Horvat, bagel and coffee in hand, walking towards the Canucks team bus Monday morning.
"Seriously, I think we will have spent as much time at this hotel as I have at home in November."
Horvat isn't far off.
November has been a quirky month for the Canucks, who will have been on the road 20 of 30 days, and 20 of the last 24 days heading into December. It's been a grind; last week in a stretch of three days we woke up Tuesday in Philadelphia, Wednesday in Pittsburgh and Thursday in New York. Trippy.
Since then things have settled down and the schedule has allowed the team to stay six consecutive nights at the same New York hotel, bussing to the Prudential Center in New Jersey, Madison Square Garden in New York and Barclays Center in Brooklyn, before we end the trip in Nashville Wednesday and Thursday, flying there Tuesday night.
The extended stay in New York has given the guys extra down time and they've made the most of it. World Trade Center, Empire State Building, Central Park, Grand Central Terminal, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Chrysler Building, Times Square - you name it, they visited it. They even snapped photos at the Top of the Rock.
Upper West Side, Midtown East, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Soho, East Village, Tribeca, Financial District, Queens, Brooklyn and New Jersey. Been there, done that. The Canucks have left little ground uncovered during this unique stay.
Is there a benefit to staying in one city for such an extended period of time? Horvat thinks so.
"It feels like we're more of a team on the road. At home everyone is busy with family and friends, whereas on trips we're really a solid unit. There's always someone making dinner plans for the group, or we'll break off into two, three or four groups depending on who wants to do what.
"Being in New York this long," he added, "has really given us a chance to bond. That's huge this early in the season."
That being said, enough is enough and the Canucks are at that point. Everyone misses the little things: family, pets, "I miss my own bed and my pillow," laughed Brock Boeser.
"We're almost there," said Horvat. "Three more sleeps then it's back to Vancity. We've got some work to take care of before then."
Two games and four points, specifically.
A pair of wins to close out this trip would give the Canucks a 4-1-1 record on this trek, a 7-6-2 record in November and a 13-9-4 record overall. But let's not get ahead of ourselves, the Islanders and Predators will have a say in this and we all have a lot of packing up to do.