Looking Ahead: Week 10

Bob Fisher



Alex Steen USA Today


Bob Fisher gives us the lowdown on the next week of action across the NHL.


* This article was written before NHL games took place on Thursday, March 21, 2013.


Conference Bias


Stop the press!  The East has fallen!  For the first time this season, the Western Conference is the better conference (barely) for both "Best Bets" and "Steer Clear" (winning both 18-17).


As of Thursday morning, 60% of the Eastern Conference has played at least 30 games to this point.  Compare that to the West, where only a third has played 30 games, the rest 29 or less.  So what does this mean?  Typically, Eastern teams have fewer games left and Western teams have more games to play.


Look for the schedule to swing toward the West this week as more Western Conference teams have four-game weeks.


Pittsburgh Continues to Roll


Remember during the summer when we were all predicting the top scorers for this year and we listed Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, Chris Kunitz, Martin St. L…wait, what?!?!  Yeah, me neither.


What an amazing season for the Penguins so far, Crosby is showing that there are no ill-effects from the injury he had last season and he's ready to continue his career as one of the best players ever to play the game.


Coming up, the Pens are looking at a nice little home stand against the Flyers, Canadiens, Jets, Islanders and Sabres.  These are all games that the Pens should win and with Evgeni Malkin due back soon, these are the types of weeks that make a mockery out of your matchup.


The Pens are tied for the top power pla