Intel: Pitfalls ahead for Pens, contenders

Cup favorites must navigate schedule's rough patches

Originally Published: July 16, 2009
By E.J. Hradek | ESPN The Magazine
Crosby/Ovechkin/DaysyukGetty ImagesThe grueling schedule is now known to the NHL's stars.

The Zamboni was cranked up Wednesday afternoon, as the league released its schedule for the 2009-10 regular season. Now we know the road ahead for some of the league's top contenders, and in each case, it might not be a smooth ride.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.