Looking Ahead – Week 7

Dave Poleck




Those who took advantage of the Rangers' five game stretch mentioned in last week's article probably have been pretty happy so far, especially if they own Marian Gaborik. Thanks in part to their 8-2 win over the Oilers last weekend, New York has averaged 4.6 goals in the first three games of that five game trip, which concludes with games in Colorado and Calgary. Speaking of the Flames, Calgary has their own five game week if you're in a Sunday to Saturday league. Unfortunately for any their owners, it's part of a five game road trip with stops in Detroit, New York, New Jersey, Philly and Pittsburgh. Yuck!


The Blues have absolutely fallen apart defensively over the past week and a half (don't forget the injuries they have), losing five straight and allowing 29 goals over that period. However, four of those five games were away from St. Louis, as they have still yet to lose in regulation at home. Thankfully, they can hope to get things back on track with two straight games in St. Louis against Ottawa and New Jersey. Then again, this may just be the injury bug hitting them at the wrong time rather than a team that is significantly better at home than on the road. Time will tell.


Two of the teams sitting near the top of their respective Conferences look like they do fit into the category of teams that are much better at home. The Kings are 8-1 in LA, while only 4-4 on the road They play five of their next six on the road, then head home for a four game stand, then back on the road for five in a row and seven of their next nine. Such is life as a Western Conference team.


The NHL leading Washington Capitals are 10-1 at home, but only 4-3-1 on the road. They play three away games this upcoming week and have five of their next eight on the road before a nice four game home stand in mid December.


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