While fans of the Winnipeg Jets eagerly count down the days until the start of the regular season like children with advent calendars, it should be noted that the 2013 season will be as daunting a task as their inaugural season in the (204).

Despite their youthfully exuberant roster coming in a year older and wiser whilst featuring an influx of veteran leadership, there are dark skies rumbling upon the horizon.

The problem: a scheduled death sentence.

NHL schedule makers will be spending the better part of their week crafting a new 48 to 50 season, which is speculated to look as follows:

Three (3) games against ten (10) conference opponents -- totalling thirty (30) games.

An unbalanced divisional schedule whereas Winnipeg would play five (5) games against two opponents and four (4) against two others -- totalling eighteen (18).

Regardless whether this comes to fruition or not, the Jets will still be forced to play twenty-four games in a timezone that doesn't suit them; unfortunately heaping strain on the Southeast Division's ugly stepsister. There is but only one certainty entering 2013 and it's that the Jets can expect to rack up plenty of Air Miles this winter. While it's pathetic that a central time zone hockey team is playing being forced to play its second straight season in the NHL's East, the Jets' must persist through playing in a conference -- and more upsettingly a division -- which doesn't geographically suit them.