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Weekly NHL Forecaster October 16th – 22nd

Buying in on Jamie Benn and the Stars this week.

NHL: Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

In simplest terms: Dallas Stars have a favorable week, Winnipeg might have some struggles this week.

Below is a breakdown of the second week of NHL games in the 2017-2018 season. The graph breaks down the schedule and the strength of the opponent in goals for, goals against, their power play and penalty kill and ranks it against the rest of the league on a scale from 1-31 (with 31 being the worst) So the higher the average ranks you see for an opponent the better schedule that team has. It factors in how well a team does at home vs. on the road as well. Until I can see some of them the Las Vegas Knights were given the lowest possible ranking in all categories.

Favorable:

Offense: Dallas Stars face Arizona TWICE which could boast well for the likes of Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. The Minnesota Wild face Winnipeg who struggle in net as well as Calgary who is less than average. Finally Pittsburgh has the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers who are all below average.

Goalies: Boston Bruins have YET ANOTHER favorable week in net as they face the Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres who are both less than stellar on offense. Buffalo also has a favorable goalies situation facing Vancouver and Vegas who could cool off soon. Finally St. Louis has Chicago but beyond that they face Colorado and Las Vegas which could soften the work load on Jake Allen.

Power Play: Nashville has a good Power Play week going against Colorado Avalanche, Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers, good time for PK Subban, Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johannson to get some PPP. St. Louis Blues may have it best, Brayden Schenn could have a big week in PPP. Arizona is the last one too look at, Clayton Keller and Max Domi could be in for solid weeks in points.

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Nashville Predators Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Penalty Kill: Arizona Coyotes play Dallas twice who is the worst on the Power Play they have a chance to make advantage and (gasp) win a game?

Unfavorable:
Offense: Colorado Avalanche face Nashville Predators (Pekka Rinne) and St. Louis Blues (Jake Allen) who play solid defense. Los Angeles Kings, who already struggle on offense face Carey Price and Sergei Bobrovsky. Finally Montreal will go up against Martin Jones, Jonathan Quick and John Gibson.

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Colorado Avalanche Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Goalies: Minnesota Wild have a rough go at goalie against Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames – they face Johnny Gaudreau, Patrick Laine and Mark Scheifele. Winnipeg faces Columbus and Minnesota who have deep rosters full of Nick Foligno, Artemi Panarin, Mikael Granlund, Eric Staal and Chris Stewart?

Power Play: Washington Capitals face Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers who both have solid PK units, maybe a slow week for power play points with Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov. Montreal faces top 5 PK units with Los Angeles and Anaheim, Max Pacioretty might see a dip in points.

Penalty Kill: Las Vegas Golden Knights face solid PP units in Buffalo and St. Louis. The likes of Jack Eichel, Ryan O Reilly and Brayden Schenn will be rough on Marc-Andre Fluery. Florida Panthers and Robert Luongo look to get a win and move him into 3rd all time on wins list but they face the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, both top 3 power play units.

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NHL Forecaster 10/16 - 10/22

Teams Weekly Avgs Mon, Oct 16 Tue, Oct 17 Wed, Oct 18 Thu, Oct 19 Fri, Oct 20 Sat, Oct 21 Sun, Oct 22
Teams Weekly Avgs Mon, Oct 16 Tue, Oct 17 Wed, Oct 18 Thu, Oct 19 Fri, Oct 20 Sat, Oct 21 Sun, Oct 22
Anaheim Ducks 0 0 0 0 vs. Montreal Canadiens 0 0
Home Games 1
Away Games 0
Goalie SoS 18 0 0 0 0 18 0 0
Forward SoS 10 0 0 0 0 10 0 0
PK SoS 13 0 0 0 0 13 0 0
PP SoS 14 0 0 0 0 14 0 0
Arizona Coyotes 0 @ Dallas Stars 0 vs. Dallas Stars 0 vs. Chicago Blackhawks 0
Home Games 2
Away Games 1
Goalie SoS 13 0 5 0 23 0 10 0
Forward SoS 23 0 23 0 29 0 16 0
PK SoS 20 0 20 0 20 0 19 0
PP SoS 28 0 30 0 30 0 24 0
Boston Bruins 0 0 0 vs. Vancouver Canucks 0 vs. Buffalo Sabres 0
Home Games 2
Away Games 0
Goalie SoS 25 0 0 0 26 0 23 0
Forward SoS 23 0 0 0 24 0 22 0
PK SoS 15 0 0 0 29 0 1 0
PP SoS 27 0 0 0 28 0 25 0
Buffalo Sabres 0 @ Vegas Golden Knights 0 0 vs. Vancouver Canucks @ Boston Bruins 0
Home Games 1
Away Games 2
Goalie SoS 25 0 31 0 0 26 18 0
Forward SoS 22 0 31 0 0 24 10 0
PK SoS 22 0 31 0 0 29 7 0
PP SoS 20 0 31 0 0 28 1 0
Carolina Hurricanes 0 @ Edmonton Oilers 0 @ Calgary Flames 0 @ Dallas Stars 0
Home Games 0
Away Games 3
Goalie SoS 9 0 17 0 5 0 5 0
Forward SoS 17 0 9 0 18 0 23 0
PK SoS 12 0 5 0 10 0 20 0
PP SoS 20 0 17 0 12 0 30 0
Calgary Flames 0 0 0 vs. Carolina Hurricanes 0 vs. Minnesota Wild 0
Home Games 2
Away Games 0
Goalie SoS 10 0 0 0 17 0 2 0
Forward SoS 18 0 0 0 23 0 12 0
PK SoS 15 0 0 0 21 0 9 0
PP SoS 7 0 0 0 6 0 8 0
Chicago Blackhawks 0 0 @ St. Louis Blues vs. Edmonton Oilers 0 @ Arizona Coyotes 0
Home Games 1
Away Games 2
Goalie SoS 15 0 0 14 4 0 26 0
Forward SoS 15 0 0 18 7 0 21 0
PK SoS 13 0 0 8 5 0 26 0
PP SoS 16 0 0 3 17 0 27 0
Columbus Blue Jackets 0 @ Winnipeg Jets 0 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 0 vs. Los Angeles Kings 0
Home Games 2
Away Games 1
Goalie SoS 17 0 5 0 16 0 29 0
Forward SoS 12 0 29 0 5 0 1 0
PK SoS 13 0 18 0 6 0 15 0
PP SoS 15 0 26 0 13 0 5 0
Colorado Avalanche 0 @ Nashville Predators 0 vs. St. Louis Blues 0 0 0
Home Games 1
Away Games 1
Goalie SoS 8 0 4 0 12 0 0 0
Forward SoS 7 0 11 0 3 0 0 0
PK SoS 12 0 16 0 8 0 0 0
PP SoS 9 0 15 0 3 0 0 0
Dallas Stars 0 vs. Arizona Coyotes 0 @ Arizona Coyotes 0 vs. Carolina Hurricanes 0
Home Games 2
Away Games 1
Goalie SoS 23 0 27 0 26 0 17 0
Forward SoS 24 0 29 0 21 0 23 0
PK SoS 24 0 26 0 26 0 21 0
PP SoS 20 0 27 0 27 0 6 0
Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 0 vs. Washington Capitals 0 vs. Vancouver Canucks
Home Games 3
Away Games 1
Goalie SoS 14 16 0 13 0 1 0 26
Forward SoS 14 5 0 18 0 7 0 24
PK SoS 10 6 0 2 0 3 0 29
PP SoS 14 13 0 9 0 7 0 28
Edmonton Oilers 0 vs. Carolina Hurricanes 0 @ Chicago Blackhawks 0 @ Philadelphia Flyers 0
Home Games 1
Away Games 2
Goalie SoS 15 0 17 0 11 0 18 0
Forward SoS 14 0 23 0 8 0 11 0
PK SoS 18 0 21 0 19 0 14 0
PP SoS 16 0 6 0 24 0 19 0
Florida Panthers 0 @ Philadelphia Flyers 0 0 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins @ Washington Capitals 0
Home Games 1
Away Games 2
Goalie SoS 9 0 18 0 0 6 3 0
Forward SoS 10 0 11 0 0 18 1 0
PK SoS 7 0 14 0 0 3 3 0
PP SoS 15 0 19 0 0 19 7 0
Vegas Golden Knights 0 vs. Buffalo Sabres 0 0 0 vs. St. Louis Blues 0
Home Games 2
Away Games 0
Goalie SoS 18 0 23 0 0 0 12 0
Forward SoS 13 0 22 0 0 0 3 0
PK SoS 5 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
PP SoS 14 0 25 0 0 0 3 0
Los Angeles Kings 0 0 vs. Montreal Canadiens 0 0 @ Columbus Blue Jackets 0
Home Games 1
Away Games 1
Goalie SoS 12 0 0 18 0 0 5 0
Forward SoS 7 0 0 10 0 0 3 0
PK SoS 13 0 0 13 0 0 12 0
PP SoS 12 0 0 14 0 0 9 0
Minnesota Wild 0 0 0 0 @ Winnipeg Jets @ Calgary Flames 0
Home Games 0
Away Games 2
Goalie SoS 5 0 0 0 0 5 5 0
Forward SoS 24 0 0 0 0 29 18 0
PK SoS 14 0 0 0 0 18 10 0
PP SoS 19 0 0 0 0 26 12 0
Montreal Canadiens 0 @ San Jose Sharks @ Los Angeles Kings 0 @ Anaheim Ducks 0 0
Home Games 0
Away Games 3
Goalie SoS 19 0 21 20 0 16 0 0
Forward SoS 7 0 5 13 0 2 0 0
PK SoS 19 0 25 15 0 17 0 0
PP SoS 9 0 17 5 0 4 0 0
New Jersey Devils 0 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 0 @ Ottawa Senators vs. San Jose Sharks 0 0
Home Games 2
Away Games 1
Goalie SoS 19 0 16 0 27 13 0 0
Forward SoS 7 0 5 0 7 10 0 0
PK SoS 18 0 6 0 23 25 0 0
PP SoS 17 0 13 0 22 17 0 0
Nashville Predators 0 vs. Colorado Avalanche 0 @ Philadelphia Flyers 0 @ New York Rangers 0
Home Games 1
Away Games 2
Goalie SoS 19 0 30 0 18 0 9 0
Forward SoS 22 0 28 0 11 0 27 0
PK SoS 18 0 30 0 14 0 10 0
PP SoS 22 0 29 0 19 0 19 0
New York Islanders 0 0 0 @ New York Rangers 0 vs. San Jose Sharks 0
Home Games 1
Away Games 1
Goalie SoS 11 0 0 0 9 0 13 0
Forward SoS 19 0 0 0 27 0 10 0
PK SoS 18 0 0 0 10 0 25 0
PP SoS 18 0 0 0 19 0 17 0
New York Rangers 0 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 0 vs. New York Islanders 0 vs. Nashville Predators 0
Home Games 3
Away Games 0
Goalie SoS 10 0 6 0 11 0 14 0
Forward SoS 18 0 18 0 18 0 17 0
PK SoS 16 0 3 0 28 0 16 0
PP SoS 15 0 19 0 11 0 15 0
Ottawa Senators 0 vs. Vancouver Canucks 0 vs. New Jersey Devils 0 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 0
Home Games 3
Away Games 0
Goalie SoS 19 0 26 0 28 0 2 0
Forward SoS 21 0 24 0 18 0 21 0
PK SoS 18 0 29 0 22 0 2 0
PP SoS 20 0 28 0 23 0 9 0
Philadelphia Flyers 0 vs. Florida Panthers 0 vs. Nashville Predators 0 vs. Edmonton Oilers 0
Home Games 3
Away Games 0
Goalie SoS 13 0 20 0 14 0 4 0
Forward SoS 12 0 12 0 17 0 7 0
PK SoS 15 0 23 0 16 0 5 0
PP SoS 11 0 2 0 15 0 17 0
Pittsburgh Penguins 0 @ New York Rangers 0 0 @ Florida Panthers @ Tampa Bay Lightning 0
Home Games 0
Away Games 3
Goalie SoS 15 0 9 0 0 23 12 0
Forward SoS 25 0 27 0 0 26 23 0
PK SoS 13 0 10 0 0 23 6 0
PP SoS 11 0 19 0 0 2 13 0
San Jose Sharks 0 vs. Montreal Canadiens 0 0 @ New Jersey Devils @ New York Islanders 0
Home Games 1
Away Games 2
Goalie SoS 19 0 18 0 0 29 9 0
Forward SoS 20 0 10 0 0 28 23 0
PK SoS 21 0 13 0 0 22 28 0
PP SoS 16 0 14 0 0 23 11 0
St. Louis Blues 0 0 vs. Chicago Blackhawks @ Colorado Avalanche 0 @ Vegas Golden Knights 0
Home Games 1
Away Games 2
Goalie SoS 23 0 0 10 28 0 31 0
Forward SoS 26 0 0 16 30 0 31 0
PK SoS 27 0 0 19 30 0 31 0
PP SoS 28 0 0 24 29 0 31 0
Tampa Bay Lightning @ Detroit Red Wings @ New Jersey Devils 0 @ Columbus Blue Jackets 0 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 0
Home Games 1
Away Games 3
Goalie SoS 16 25 29 0 5 0 6 0
Forward SoS 17 17 28 0 3 0 18 0
PK SoS 16 27 22 0 12 0 3 0
PP SoS 17 15 23 0 9 0 19 0
Toronto Maple Leafs 0 @ Washington Capitals vs. Detroit Red Wings 0 0 @ Ottawa Senators 0
Home Games 1
Away Games 2
Goalie SoS 17 0 3 21 0 0 27 0
Forward SoS 12 0 1 27 0 0 7 0
PK SoS 18 0 3 27 0 0 23 0
PP SoS 15 0 7 15 0 0 22 0
Vancouver Canucks 0 @ Ottawa Senators 0 @ Boston Bruins @ Buffalo Sabres 0 @ Detroit Red Wings
Home Games 0
Away Games 4
Goalie SoS 24 0 27 0 18 24 0 25
Forward SoS 12 0 7 0 10 15 0 17
PK SoS 15 0 23 0 7 1 0 27
PP SoS 16 0 22 0 1 25 0 15
Washington Capitals 0 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 0 0 @ Detroit Red Wings vs. Florida Panthers 0
Home Games 2
Away Games 1
Goalie SoS 16 0 2 0 0 25 20 0
Forward SoS 17 0 21 0 0 17 12 0
PK SoS 17 0 2 0 0 27 23 0
PP SoS 9 0 9 0 0 15 2 0
Winnipeg Jets 0 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 0 0 vs. Minnesota Wild 0 0
Home Games 2
Away Games 0
Goalie SoS 5 0 7 0 0 2 0 0
Forward SoS 8 0 4 0 0 12 0 0
PK SoS 11 0 12 0 0 9 0 0
PP SoS 9 0 9 0 0 8 0 0