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As my first round defeat in my NFL pool recently taught me it is never too early to think about the playoffs.  In a head to head format chances are come the last month of the NHL season are playoff time and your weekly roster decisions will mean a lot more.  So why not put yourself in the best possible position by acquiring players who are on teams with better final schedules.

 


 

If your playoffs cover the last five weeks of the season starting Monday March 9 then you might want to see if you can grab a Sharks, Senators, Flyers, Canucks or Blackhawks.  They all play 18 games which is three more then Penguins, Hurricanes, Ducks, Capitals or Bruins.  Three games is not the biggest difference but every point could make the difference.

 

On a week by week basis a few note to keep in the back of your mind:

March 9 to March 15 – The Anaheim only plays two games where all other teams play three or four.

March 16 to March 22 – The Bruins and Flames play only two games.

March 23 to March 29 – The Penguins, Coyotes, Capitals and Bruins have two game weeks.

March 30 to April 5 – The Red Wings, Hurricanes, and Avalanche are your two game teams

April 6 to April 12 – The Ducks play only two games.

 

Injury Replacements

Looking at a team's schedule may help your chances of finding a good injury replacement.  Here are some of the high and low ratings for teams over a two, three and four week period starting December 26. The rating is shown in brackets.

 

Two weeks

High ratings: Panthers (8.39), Devils (8.29), Thrashers (8.09),

Low ratings: Sharks (5.16), Rangers (5.15), Blues (4.83)

 

Three weeks

High ratings: Canucks (11.44), Oilers (10.97)

Low ratings: Flames (8.66), Blues (8.63), Rangers (8.10)

 

Four weeks

High ratings: Devils (14.93), Ducks (14.40)

Low ratings: Blues (11.19), Rangers (10.85)

 

Friday, December 26, 2008 to Thursday, January 1, 2009
Best Bets
Washington 4.42 - four games BUF, TOR, BUF, TB
Buffalo 4.40 - four games WAS, NYI, WAS, TOR
Toronto 4.40 - four games NYI, WAS, ATL, BUF
Florida 4.29 - four games TB, TB, MTL, NYI
Boston 4.19 - four games CAR, ATL, PIT, PIT
Steer Clear
NY Rangers 2.21 - two games NJ, NYI
Philadelphia 2.66 - three road games CHI, CBJ, VAN
St. Louis 2.73 - three home games SJ, ANA, NJ
Dallas 2.73 - three home games ANA, SJ, NJ
Minnesota 2.74 - three games CHI, CGY, SJ
Saturday, December 27, 2008 to Friday January 2, 2009
Best Bets
Anaheim 4.39 - four games DAL, STL, CBJ, PHI
Colorado 4.21 - four games DET, NAS, PHX, CBJ
Vancouver 4.19 - four games OTT, PHI, NAS, ATL
Boston 4.19 - four games CAR, ATL, PIT, PIT
New Jersey 3.99 - four games NYR, STL, DAL, MTL
Steer Clear
Los Angeles 2.00 - two games PHX, CBJ
NY Rangers 2.21 - two games NJ, NYI
Pittsburgh 2.55 - three games MTL, BOS, BOS
Philadelphia 2.66 - three games CBJ, VAN, ANA
Dallas 2.73 - three games ANA, SJ, NJ
Sunday, December 28, 2008 to Saturday January 3, 2009
Best Bets
Washington 4.31 - four games TOR, BUF, TB, NYR
Edmonton 4.21 - four games NAS, OTT, CGY, DAL
Toronto 4.21 - four games WAS, ATL, BUF, OTT
Vancouver 4.19 - four games OTT, PHI, NAS, ATL
Boston 4.19 - four games ATL, PIT, PIT, BUF
Steer Clear
Los Angeles 2.21 - two games CBJ, PHI
NY Rangers 2.21 - two games NYI, WAS
Phoenix 2.31 - two games COL, NYI
Detroit 2.56 - three games CHI, CHI, MIN
Pittsburgh 2.65 - three games BOS, BOS, FLA
Monday, December 29, 2008 to Sunday January 4, 2009
Best Bets
Vancouver 4.51 - four games PHI, NAS, ATL, DAL
Atlanta 4.29 - four games TOR, CAR, VAN, TB
Tampa Bay 4.19 - four games MTL, WAS, CAR, ATL
New Jersey 4.08 - four games STL, DAL, MTL, OTT
Montreal 3.90 - four games FLA, TB, NJ, FLA
Steer Clear
Los Angeles 2.21 - two home games CBJ, PHI
NY Rangers 2.21 - two games NYI, WAS
Detroit 2.56 - three games CHI, CHI, MIN
Pittsburgh 2.65 - three games BOS, BOS, FLA
Philadelphia 2.66 - three games VAN, ANA, LA
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 to Monday January 5, 2009
Best Bets
Vancouver 4.51 - four games PHI, NAS, ATL, DAL
Atlanta 4.29 - four games TOR, CAR, VAN, TB
Tampa Bay 4.19 - four games MTL, WAS, CAR, ATL
Edmonton 4.42 - four games OTT, CGY, DAL, NYI
New Jersey 4.08 - four games STL, DAL, MTL, OTT
Steer Clear
Los Angeles 1.16 - ONE games PHI
Nashville 2.00 - two games VAN, CGY
NY Rangers 2.00 - two games WAS, PIT
San Jose 2.02 - two games MIN, NYI
Detroit 2.56 - three games CHI, CHI, MIN
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 to Tuesday January 6, 2009
Best Bets
Carolina 4.41 - four games ATL, STL, TB, NJ
Anaheim 4.31 - four home games CBJ, PHI, PHX, LA
Phoenix 4.11 - four games COL, NYI, ANA, CHI
Atlanta 4.10 - four games CAR, VAN, TB, PIT
Florida 4.09 - four road games NYI, PIT, MTL, TOR
Steer Clear
Montreal 1.91 - two games NJ, FLA
NY Rangers 2.00 - two games WAS, PIT
Los Angeles 2.01 - two games PHI, ANA
St. Louis 2.10 - two games CAR, CBJ
Detroit 2.67 - three games CHI, MIN, CBJ
Thursday, January 1, 2009 to Wednesday January 7, 2009
Best Bets
Vancouver 4.30 - four games NAS, ATL, DAL, EDM
Pittsburgh 3.93 - four games BOS, FLA, NYR, ATL
Edmonton 3.47 - three home games DAL, NYI, VAN
Anaheim 3.26 - three games PHI, PHX, LA
Washington 3.26 - three games TB, NYR, PHI
Steer Clear
Dallas 1.81 - two games EDM, VAN
Los Angeles 2.01 - two games PHI, ANA
St. Louis 2.10 - two games CAR, CBJ
San Jose 2.21 - two games NYI, CGY
Calgary 2.65 - three games NAS, CHI, SJ
Friday, January 2, 2009 to Thursday, January 8, 2009
Best Bets
Phoenix 4.22 - four games NYI, ANA, CHI, TB
Anaheim 4.21 - four games PHI, PHX, LA, LA
New Jersey 4.20 - four games MTL, OTT, CAR, ATL
Pittsburgh 4.12 - four games FLA, NYR, ATL, NAS
Florida 4.10 - four games PIT, MTL, TOR, CAR
Steer Clear
Buffalo 1.71 - two games BOS, OTT
St. Louis 2.10 - two games CAR, CBJ
Washington 2.10 - two games NYR, PHI
San Jose 2.21 - two games NYI, CGY
Boston 2.84 - three games BUF, MIN, OTT
Saturday, January 3, 2009 to Friday January 9, 2009
Best Bets
Edmonton 4.31 - four home games DAL, NYI, VAN, SJ
Anaheim 4.21 - four games PHX, LA, LA, TB
Pittsburgh 4.12 - four games FLA, NYR, ATL, NAS
Florida 4.10 - four games PIT, MTL, TOR, CAR
Tampa Bay 4.10 - four games CAR, ATL, PHX, ANA
Steer Clear
St. Louis 1.91 - two games CBJ, VAN
Buffalo 2.65 - three games BOS, OTT, NYR
NY Islanders - three games SJ, EDM, CGY
Colorado 2.74 - three games MIN, NAS, CHI
Philadelphia 2.74 three games LA, WAS, MIN
Sunday, January 4, 2009 to Saturday January 10, 2009
Best Bets
Florida 4.41 - four games MTL, TOR, CAR, ATL
Phoenix 4.22 - four games ANA, CHI, TB, DAL
Montreal 4.22 - four games FLA, NYR, TOR, WAS
Anaheim 4.21 - four games PHX, LA, LA, TB
Vancouver 4.21 - four games DAL, EDM, STL, SJ
Steer Clear
St. Louis 0.86 - ONE game on the road in VAN
NY Islanders 1.90 - two games EDM, CGY
Carolina 2.66 - three games NJ, FLA, STL
Los Angeles 2.75 - three games ANA, ANA, NJ
San Jose 2.76 - three games CGY, EDM, VAN

 


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