Looking Ahead – Week 6

Dave Poleck




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 th