Looking Ahead – Week 14

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.


The Sharks find themselves at the top of the Best Bet section for the first three weekly schedules this week; they play Nashville, @Anaheim, Toronto and Edmonton.


The Kings are looking to get back into the playoff picture this week after a very turbulent past month. They are currently in the midst of an eight game homestand, which would have generated at least five wins had it been earlier in the season. However, they've lost the first four games of it, allowing 17 goals over that span. If they can't turn things around against Columbus, Toronto, St. Louis and Edmonton, they will be in a much deeper hole than 11th in the West.


Teams are somehow still trying to catch up to the Hawks and Ducks, which doesn't bode well for either team as they both sit out of the playoffs and have played 42 and 43 games, respectively. But the Hawks play a league low five times over the next 14 days.


The Thrashers have now reached "Duck/Hawk Territory"; they have played a league high 43 games (their 44th is tonight against Toronto). Here is a look at the difference in games played between the three top teams, and the teams in the lower half of the games played spectrum. I realize that trades often take a while to finalize, so I have included what their games played will be come Monday morning as well. While the bolded teams may not make anyone jump out of their seat, gaining four of five extra games in a trade definitely should.


Games Played