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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.

 

If you own any Rangers and are in a Sunday to Saturday league, then you are in luck.

 

We finally have our first five game week of the 2010-11 NHL season. In the Sunday to Saturday schedule, the Rangers face off vs Edm, @Pit, vs Bos, @Col, @Min. Definitely a weird stretch for the Gaborik-less Rangers, with two East teams squashed between Edmonton at MSG and a mini Western road trip. But who really cares, them playing five games should make you happy enough.

 

Coming off their 8-1 demolishing of the Blues earlier this week, the Blue Jackets only play twice between November 12th and the 18th.  I normally try to stay away from teams after they put up uncharacteristic numbers, so this gives you even more reason to stay away from Columbus.

 

The Bruins are a very good 6-1 on the road thus far in season, but are now 2-3-1 at home. While they do play four of their next seven in Boston, those games are against Ottawa, New Jersey, Florida and LA. Not really the hardest competition, especially with Ottawa bound to slow down and the Devils struggling like they are.

 

Speaking of bad home teams, the Sabres sit at 0-6-1 at HSBC and have six of their next eight there. With or without Ryan Miller, the screams for Lindy Ruff’s firing might be getting louder in the near future as those six home games are against Washington, Vancouver, LA, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and Toronto. They also play in Washington and Montreal over the next three weeks.

 

Now on to some teams that are actually using home ice as an advantage; the Canucks, Blues and Kings are all undefeated in regulation in their respective buildings. Unfortunately, each team only has four home games over the next three weeks.

 

The current six game home-stand that the Wings are on looks nice on paper, but they still manage to make their way into the “Steer Clear” section for five of the next seven weekly schedules. Speaking of their slow schedule to begin the season....

 

A few weeks ago, I mentioned the major difference in games played between teams like Detroit and Chicago. Once again using the 14 day and 21 day outlook on Frozen Pool’s Game Planner, I also took a look at what the rest of the League will look like after the next few weeks of play.

 

Looking at the standings as of Friday, the Blackhawks still sit atop the NHL with 18 games played, while Anaheim and Buffalo have both played 17 games. On the flip side, the Panthers and Bruins have only played 13 games thus far.

 

Moving down the road two weeks to November 25, there are still some pretty big discrepancies in team games played. Chicago still has the most games played at 24, with Anaheim, Buffalo, NY Rangers, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh all square at 23 games played. With 20 games played at that point are Boston, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Florida, Minnesota, Nashville, San Jose, St. Louis and Toronto.  You might want to start looking into buying low on some of the players who are on these latter teams.

 

Looking ahead  three weeks to December 2, we are back to a five game differential between the Wings and Chicago. The Hawks, Ducks and Penguins will have all played 27 games by that point, while the Red Wings are still only at 22 games played. Also in the mix for players to buy low on are guys from the Islanders, Canucks and Blue Jackets; they will have only played 23 games by December 2.

 

I think this kind of information is extremely important when making trades in fantasy hockey, especially if your competition is blind to it. If on December 1 you trade your Patrick Sharp or Marian Hossa for a Datsyuk or Zetterberg, then you could be laughing the rest of the way.

 

Friday November 12 to Thursday November 18, 2010
Best Bets
Anaheim 4.18 - four games DAL, @CHI, @DAL, @MIN
San Jose 4.14 - four games CAL, LA, @COL, @Dal
Tampa Bay 4.13 - four games @PIT, MIN, @NYI, @PHI
Philadelphia 4.03 - four games FLA, OTT, @MON, TB
Pittsburgh 3.96 - four games TB, @ATL, NYR, VAN
Steer Clear
Detroit 1.90 - two games COL, STL
Carolina 1.98 - two games @MON, OTT
Columbus 2.03 - two games COL, @LA
NYI 2.05 - two games @LA, TB
Toronto 2.57 - two games VAN, NAS, NJ
Saturday November 13 to Friday November 19, 2010
Best Bets
Chicago 4.30 - four games @NAS, ANA, @EDM, @CAL
NY Rangers 4.20 - four games EDM, @PIT, BOS, @COL
San Jose 4.14 - four games CAL, LA, @COL, @Dal
Anaheim 4.09 - four games @CHI, @DAL, @MIN, CBJ
Philadelphia 4.03 - four games FLA, OTT, @MON, TB
Steer Clear
Dallas 1.97 - two games ANA, SJ
NYI 2.05 - two games @LA, TB
New Jersey 2.11 - two games @BOS, @TOR
Columbus 2.12 - two games @LA, @ANA
Toronto 2.57 - three games VAN, NAS, NJ
Sunday November 14 to Saturday November 20, 2010
Best Bets
NY Rangers 5.14 - five games EDM, @PIT, BOS, @COL, @MIN
Chicago 4.30 - four games @NAS, ANA, @EDM, @CAL
San Jose 4.14 - four games CAL, LA, @COL, @Dal
Anaheim 4.09 - four games @CHI, @DAL, @MIN, CBJ
Philadelphia 4.09 - four games OTT, @MON, TB, @WAS
Steer Clear
Detroit 1.71 - two games STL, MIN
Calgary 1.77 - two games PHO, CHI
NYI 2.06 - two games TB, FLA
Phoenix 2.33 - two games @CAL, @EDM
Pittsburgh 2.69 - three games NYR, VAN, CAR
Monday November 15 to Sunday November 21, 2010
Best Bets
Anaheim 4.20 - four games @DAL, @MIN, CBJ, EDM
San Jose 4.14 - four games LA, @COL, @Dal. CBJ
Philadelphia 4.09 - four games OTT, @MON, TB, @WAS
NY Rangers 3.98 - four games @PIT, BOS, @COL, @MIN
St. Louis 3.97 - four games @COL, @DET, OTT, NJ
Steer Clear
Detroit 2.66 - three games STL, MIN, CAL
Pittsburgh 2.69 - three games NYR, VAN, CAR
Toronto 2.72 - three games NAS, NJ, @MON
Calgary 2.75 - three games PHO, CHI, @DET
Montreal 2.86 - three games PHI, NAS, TOR
Tuesday November 16 to Monday November 22, 2010
Best Bets
Nashville 4.31 - four games Toronto, Montreal, Carolina, Columbus
Dallas 4.22 - four games ANA, SJ, COL, @TOR
Pittsburgh 4.21 - four games @ATL, @BOS, @NYI, FLA
Anaheim 4.20 - four games @DAL, @MIN, CBJ, EDM
Boston 4.04 - four games @NYR, FLA, LA, @TB
Steer Clear
Detroit 2.66 - three games STL, MIN, CAL
St. Louis 2.80 - three games @DET, OTT, NJ
Vancouver 2.84 - three games @PIT, CHI, PHO
Minnesota 2.89 - three games ANA, @DET, NYR
Ottawa 2.89 - three games @CAR, @STL, LA
Wednesday November 17 to Tuesday November 23, 2010
Best Bets
Phoenix 4.33 - four games @CAL, @EDM, @VAN, EDM
Florida 4.21 - four games @ATL, @BOS, @NYR, PIT
Boston 4.04 - four games @NYR, FLA, LA, @TB
Columbus 4.02 - four games @LA, @SJ, @ANA, NAS
Tampa Bay 3.95 - four games @NYI, @PHI, @BUF, BOS
Steer Clear
Detroit 2.66 - three games STL, MIN, CAL
St. Louis 2.80 - three games @DET, OTT, NJ
Vancouver 2.84 - three games @PIT, CHI, PHO
Minnesota 2.89 - three games ANA, @DET, NYR
Ottawa 2.89 - three games @CAR, @STL, LA
Thursday November 18 to Wednesday November 24, 2010
Best Bets
Dallas 4.27 - four games SJ, COL, @TOR, @OTT
Columbus 4.23 - four games @SJ, @ANA, NAS, @NYI
NY Rangers 4.22 - four games @COL, @MIN, CAL, @TB
Boston 4.16 - four games FLA, LA, @TB, @FLA
Washington 4.07 - four games @ATL, PHI, @NJ, @CAR
Steer Clear
Anaheim 2.11 - two games CBJ, EDM
St. Louis 2.77 - three games OTT, NJ, @NAS
Minnesota 2.78 - three games @DET, NYR, PHI
Vancouver 2.82 - three games CHI, PHO, COL
Edmonton 2.87 = three games PHO, @ANA, @PHO
Friday November 19 to Thursday November 25, 2010
Best Bets
Colorado 4.26 - four games NYR, @DAL, @VAN, @EDM
Columbus 4.23 - four games @SJ, @ANA, NAS, @NYI
NY Rangers 4.22 - four games @COL, @MIN, CAL, @TB
Washington 4.07 - four games @ATL, PHI, @NJ, @CAR
LA 3.91 - four games @BUF, @BOS, @OTT, @MON
Steer Clear
SJ 1.90 - two games CBJ, CHI
Toronto 2.04 - two games @MON, DAL
Anaheim 2.11 - two games CBJ, EDM
Tampa Bay 2.64 - three games @BUF, BOS, NYR
Edmonton 2.87 = three games PHO, @ANA, @PHO
Saturday November 20 to Friday November 26, 2010
Best Bets
Dallas 4.18 - four games COL, @TOR, @OTT, STL
NY Rangers 4.17 - four games @MIN, CAL, @TB, @FLA
Montreal 4.15 - four games TOR, @PHI, LA, @ATL
Boston 4.12 - four games LA, @TB, @FLA, CAR
New Jersey 4.04 - four games @STL, WAS, CAL, @NYI
Steer Clear
Phoenix 2.10 - two games @VAN, EDM
Anaheim 2.11 - two games CBJ, EDM
Minnesota 2.86 - three games NYR, PHI, NAS
Carolina 2.71 - three games NAS, WAS, @BOS
San Jose 2.85 - three games CBJ, CHI, @VAN
Sunday November 21 to Saturday November 27, 2010
Best Bets
Calgary 4.98 - five games @DET, @NYR, @NJ, @PHI, @PIT
NY Rangers 4.17 - four games @MIN, CAL, @TB, @FLA
Ottawa 4.09 - four games LA, DAL, @PIT, TOR
Dallas 4.08 - four games @TOR, @OTT, STL, @STL
Edmonton 4.04 - four games @ANA, @PHO, COL, SJ
Steer Clear
Carolina 1.85 - two games WAS, @BOS
Vancouver 2.82 - three games PHO, COL, SJ
Atlanta 2.87 - three games NYI, DET, MON
Columbus 2.93 - three games NAS, @NYI, DET
Minnesota 2.93 - three games PHI, NAS, @COL

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