– The Carolina Hurricanes’ four-game road trip has already begun, but now the focus shifts out West for a slate of three games against Pacific Division opponents to begin the month of February.
By the time it’s all said and done, the Canes will have logged around 6,000 miles in the air over the course of nine days, as they travel from New York City to Anaheim to Glendale to San Jose and then back to Raleigh.
It’s not exactly an abnormal road trip; the team departs for a weeklong sojourn around this time every year when the circus comes to Raleigh.
But it does involve hopping from time zone to time zone and back again.
The Hurricanes will be in the Pacific time zone for three days – Sunday, Monday and Tuesday – before heading back East into Mountain time for a couple of days and then back West into Pacific time for another couple of days, all before traversing the country once again back to Eastern Standard Time.
Pogoing time zones – perhaps the closest thing to actual time travel currently – in a short period of time presents some unique challenges with which head coach Bill Peters, who spent time with the EST-located Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference, is all too familiar.
“The thing that affects you the most is the time change,” Peters said. “You’re so routine-oriented, and then your body clock gets all messed up. Going back and forth is tough.
“The worst thing is you wake up at three in the morning, and you’re wide awake and go about your day. I don’t wear a watch, so the next thing you know you’re on the West coast and you’re going downstairs for breakfast. It’s quiet, you wonder why, you look around and it’s 3:10,” he continued. “So then you go back upstairs, and what are you going to do? You get the computer out and work. Then it’s six and you have breakfast.
“I think the guys have done it enough that they know what they have to do to be ready.”
Canes Make Their Picks
The Hurricanes will land in Anaheim around lunchtime on Sunday, a few hours before kickoff happens in Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.
Earlier this week, we canvassed the locker room for predictions.