Looking Ahead – Week 10

Dave Poleck

2011-12-09

 

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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.

 

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been struggling mightily lately; heading into Thursday's game against the Rangers they had lost five in a row and only two of their last nine. They have a league high 10 road losses so far and play five of their next seven away from St. Pete's. Not only have they allowed four goals or more in four straight games, they've only scored 18 goals in their last nine games, a stretch which includes a five goal outburst against Florida.

 

The Jets are another team much better at home then on the road, going 8-4 in Winnipeg versus 4-7-4 on the road. They've also been climbing the standings in the East going 7-2-1 in their last 10 and are in the midst of playing 13 of 15 at home. The even better news is that they've only played four of those 13 home games and are basically in Winnipeg until a New Years Eve date against the Leafs.

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The month of December is either going to make or break the Anaheim Ducks season. Before Thursday's games, Anaheim was already nine points back of the final playoff spot in the West, with five teams between them and eighth. They have a league low two wins on the road scoring only 18 goals in their 11 road games. Boudreau's rough start is looking to get a bit worse as the Ducks play only one home game in their next eight, where all games are against teams ahead of them in the standings; St.Louis, Nashville, Chicago, Winnipeg, Dallas, Los Angeles and San Jose.

 

Friday Dec 9 to Thursday Dec 15, 2010
Best Bets
San Jose 4.62 – @StL, @Chi, @Col, Col
NY Rangers 4.00 – @Buf, Fla, Dal, @StL
Winnipeg 3.85 – Car, @Det, Min, Was