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A tough decision can be made easier with these charts showing you the best five and worst five schedules for upcoming seven-day periods. Some of you used them last year but for the benefit of new readers here is a refresher. The number next to the team indicates the 'multiplier' to use on a player's point-per-game pace to give you an idea how many points to expect for that week.

 

The rich get richer -  the team to have a rare five game week coming up is the Pittsburgh Penguins. Unfortunately, it’s during the Saturday to Friday weekly schedule, and I’m not sure if anyone actually plays in those. The good news for the rest of us is that they have four game weeks in the weekly schedules starting on Friday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I’m not sure if it really matters who they’re playing right now, but aside from a back to back with the Islanders they actually have a pretty tough schedule down the stretch facing Ottawa, New Jersey, Buffalo, Boston, New York and Philly twice.

 

Depending on when your league runs, there are a few two game weeks coming up that you should be aware of. Anaheim plays two in the schedule starting on Friday and Saturday, while Phoenix has a two game week in the popular Monday to Sunday schedule, making Shane Doan very droppable in a lot of leagues.

 

Another team with a heavy schedule coming up is the Florida Panthers. With eight games over the next 14 days and a relatively easy list of opponents, they find themselves in the Best Bets section on the first eight weekly schedules. Starting on Friday their next five games are against Edmonton, Long Island, Montreal, Minnesota and Columbus. So by “an easy list of opponents”, I meant the five worst teams in the NHL. Look out Boston! Your second place seed is in major jeopardy.

 

Aside from some healthy players, the Wings desperately need some home cooking because they have now lost six in a row and 11 of their last 14 games. Thankfully, they play six of their last eight games at the Joe. Starting it off with a game against Carolina and then a double header with the Blue Jackets should help to get things going. If it doesn’t, well then I will likely have to find a new team to cheer for after Round 1.

 

 

Friday Mar 23 to Thursday Mar 29, 2010
Best Bets
Pittsburgh 4.35 - @Ott, NJ, NYI, @NYI
Florida 4.28 - Edm, NYI, @Mon, @Min

NY Rangers 4.28 - Buf, @Tor, @Min, @Win


Tampa Bay 4.25 - NYI, @Phi, @Bos, @NJ
San Jose 4.12 - Phx, Col, @Ana, @Phx
Steer Clear
Anaheim 1.75 - Bos, SJ
Phoenix 2.84 - @SJ, StL, SJ
Colorado 2.84 - Van, @SJ, @Van
Los Angeles 2.84 - Bos, @Van, @Cgy
Chicago 2.86 - Nas, @NJ, StL
Saturday Mar 24 to Friday Mar 30, 2010
Best Bets
Pittsburgh 5.40 - @Ott, NJ, NYI, @NYI, @Buf
Florida 4.44 - NYI, @Mon, @Min, @CBJ

NY Rangers 4.29 - @Tor, @Min, @Win, Mon


Tampa Bay 4.25 - @Phi, @Bos, @NJ
Detroit 4.19 - Car, CBJ, @CBJ, Nas
Steer Clear
Anaheim 1.75 - Bos, SJ
Ottawa 1.96 - Pit, @Win
Washington 2.81 - Min, Buf, @Bos
Phoenix 2.84 - @SJ, StL, SJ
Toronto 2.86 - NYR, Car, Phi
Sunday Mar 25 to Saturday Mar 31, 2010
Best Bets
Columbus 4.84 - Edm, @Det, Det, Fla, @StL
Florida 4.44 - NYI, @Mon, @Min, @CBJ
Boston 4.36 - @Ana, Tb, Was, @NYI
Pittsburgh 4.35 - NJ, NYI, @NYI, @Buf
Losa Angeles 4.26 - @Van ,@Cgy, @Edm, Min
Steer Clear
Ottawa 2.26 - @Win, @Phi
Anaheim 2.79 - Bos, Sj, @PHx
Phoenix 2.79 - StL, SJ, Ana
Montreal 2.91 - Fla, @NYR, @Was
Toronto 2.99 - Car, Phi, Buf
Monday Mar 26 to Sunday Apr 1, 2010
Best Bets
Pittsburgh 4.31 - NYI, @NYI, @Buf, Phi
Florida 4.28 - @Mon, @Min, @CBJ, @Fla
San Jose 4.24 - Col, @Ana, @Phx, Dal
Los Angeles 4.11 - @Van ,@Cgy, @Edm, @Min
Philadelphia 4.10 - Tampa, @Tor, Ott, @Pit
Steer Clear
Phoenix 1.86 - SJ, Ana
Washington 2.71 - Buf, @Bos, Mon
Montreal 2.76 - Fla, @NYR, @Was
Edmonton 2.83 - Dal, LA, @Ana
Anaheim 2.87 - Sj, @PHx, Edm
Tuesday Mar 27 to Monday Apr 2, 2010
Best Bets
Pittsburgh 4.31 - NYI, @NYI, @Buf, Phi
Florida 4.28 - @Mon, @Min, @CBJ, @Fla
Los Angeles 4.16 - @Cgy, @Edm, @Min, Edm
NY Rangers 3.98 - @Min, @Win, Mon, Bos
Boston 3.93 - TB, Was, @NYI, @NYR
Steer Clear
Phoenix 1.86 - SJ, Ana
Colorado 1.99 - @Van, @Cgy
Ottawa 2.26 - @Phi, @NYI
Montreal 2.76 - Fla, @NYR, @Was
Anaheim 2.87 - Sj, @PHx, Edm
Wednesday Mar 28 to Tuesday Apr 3, 2010
Best Bets
Florida 4.44 - @Min, @CBJ, @Fla, Win

Los Angeles 4.16 - @Cgy, @Edm, @Min, Edm


Pittsburgh 4.10 - @NYI, @Buf, Phi, @Bos
Vancouver 4.08 - Col, Dal, Cgy, Ana

San Jose 4.07 - @Ana, @Phx, Dal, @Dal
Steer Clear
Montreal 1.81 - @NYR, @Was
Colorado 1.99 - @Van, @Cgy
St. Louis 2.10 - @Chi, CBJ
Chicago 2.83 - StL, @Nas, Min
Washington 2.86 - @Bos, Mon, @TB
Thursday Mar 29 to Wednesday Apr 4, 2010
Best Bets
Florida 4.44 - @Min, @CBJ, @Fla, Win

Pittsburgh 4.10 - @NYI, @Buf, Phi, @Bos
Philadelphia 3.92 - @Tor, Ott, @Pit, @NYR
Tampa Bay 3.89 - @NJ, Win, Was, @Mon

Boston 3.76 - Was, @NYI, @NYR, Pit
Steer Clear
Colorado 1.09 - @Cgy
Calgary 2.10 - Col, @Van
NY Rangers 2.73 - Mon, Bos, @Phi
Dallas 2.76 - @Van, @SJ, SJ
Edmonton 2.81 - LA, @Ana, @LA
Friday Mar 30 to Thursday Apr 5, 2010
Best Bets
Winnipeg 4.46 - @Car, @TB, @Fla, @NYI
Columbus 4.38 - Fla, @StL, @Phx, @Col

Florida 4.27 - @CBJ, @Det, Win, @Was


Boston 4.09 - @NYI, @NYR, Pit, @Ott
Buffalo 4.07 - Pit, @Tor, Tor, @Phi
Steer Clear
St. Louis 2.04 - CBJ, DET
Phoenix 2.09 - Ana, CBJ
Colorado 2.16 - @Cgy, CBJ
San Jose 2.87 - Dal, @Dal, @LA
Calgary 2.91 - Col, @Van, Van
Saturday Mar 31 to Friday Apr 6, 2010
Best Bets
Boston 4.09 - @NYI, @NYR, Pit, @Ott
Ottawa 4.06 - @Phi, @NYI, Car, Bos

Tampa Bay 4.04 - Win, Was, @Mon, @Tor


NY Islanders 3.96 - Bos, Ott, @NJ, Win
Anaheim 3.94 - @Phx, Edm, @Van, @Edm
Steer Clear
Colorado 1.07 - CBJ
Calgary 1.72 - @Van, Van
Pittsburgh 2.67 - Phi, @Bos, NYR
Dallas 2.75 - @SJ, SJ, @Nas
NY Rangers 2.77 - Bos, @Phi, @Pit
Sunday Apr 1 to Saturday Apr 7, 2010
Best Bets
NY Islanders 4.33 - Ott, @NJ, Win, @CBJ
Tampa Bay 4.16 - Was, @Mon, @Tor, @Win
Florida 4.08 - @Det, Win, @Was, Car
Ottawa 4.01 - @NYI, Car, Bos, @NJ
Anaheim 3.99 - Edm, @Van, @Edm, @Cgy
Steer Clear
Calgary 1.79 - Van, Ana
Colorado 1.88 - CBJ, Nas
Dallas 2.74 - SJ, @Nas, StL
San Jose 2.76 - @Dal, @LA, LA
Los Angeles 2.81 - Edm, SJ, @SJ

 

 

 


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