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 beginning of December means that most teams are hitting the quarter pole of their regular season. The 20-game mark is usually a pretty good indication as to how teams will play for the rest of the year.
A recent road trip is not helping the Los Angeles Kings, who went from 4-4 on the road at the time of last week's article, to 5-7 through this week. They have Chicago at home on Saturday before heading over to Anaheim for one game, then a nice four game homestand starting Thursday, December 2.
The Blue Jackets, currently tied with the Wings for tops in the Western Conference, are an astonishing 8-1 on the road so far this season. Their upcoming schedule doesn't have any long trips at home or on the road (but look out in January). Mason and Garon have been absolutely fantastic which has led to their score indicator being adjusted twice already in 2010-11.
Christmas is coming early for three of the teams in the Northeast Division as Edmonton will begin a trip to Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto this week. The Oilers have been bad wherever they play, and the Sens, Habs and Leafs all sit with winning records at home.
The Hurricanes schedule, which has evened out after their lopsided start to the season away from home, is about to take another big jump in the road games column. Seven of their next nine games are away from home and they are really going to have to put some wins together if they want to stay in the East playoff picture.