Enough already with the talk about teams dealing with a compressed schedule in this Olympic season.

Over the first two weeks of the season I’ve heard coaches players and media types talk about the compressed schedule and it’s obvious they haven’t done the math.

If they did they would discover that each team will play 82 games over 179 available playing dates an average of one game every 2.17 days. That average has been more or less consistent for each of the past 10 seasons.

That’s not to say this isn’t a long season. Because of the Olympics in Sochi the schedule began earlier than usual and ends a bit later.

That’s not to say that some teams won’t go through tough stretches with extended road trips back-to-back games three games in four nights or four games in six nights.

The Canadiens play back-to-back games on 16 occasions and only one of those scenarios features both games at home. That’s on Super Bowl weekend when the Canadiens play afternoon games against Tampa Bay and Winnipeg at the Bell Centre. On three occasions both games are away and on nine occasions the Canadiens play on the road and are at home the next night.

That’s not to say that there aren’t times when the computer which spits out the schedule displays an ignorance of geography. On the Canadiens’ U.S. West Coast trip in March the team plays in Los Angeles and Anaheim skips over to Phoenix and then returns to California for a game in San Jose.

But the Olympics also make this one of the easiest schedules for most of the players in the NHL. The league will shut down from Feb. 9 through Feb. 26 and that will give players a chance to relax and recover from any bumps and bruises.

The exception of course will be the players who compete in Sochi. They will have to deal with the intense competition and some major jet lag.

There could be as many as nine Canadiens in Sochi.