VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — There was nothing random about the Vancouver Canucks’ 2,500-mile flight to Boston.
There never is when the Canucks hit the road.
Like everything surrounding a team that is two wins away from its first Stanley Cup title, the travel to the East Coast has been carefully mapped out. From how and when they get there, to when and what they eat, to the sleeping arrangements once they arrive and get ready to play the Bruins in Game 3 of the finals on Monday night.
All the plans have been rooted in science, with players even wearing specialized bracelets throughout early season road trips to measure circadian rhythms — internal body clocks — and how they are affected by travel.