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Weekly NHL Forecaster October 29th – November 5th

Wins for Winnipeg

Winnipeg Jets v Los Angeles Kings Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

In simplest terms: Good week for the Penguins across the board, when it’s 5vs5 Winnipeg should have a solid chance for strong stats.

Below is a breakdown of the fourth 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.

Stats are as of 10/27/2017

Favorable:

Offense: Vancouver gets Dallas and Pittsburgh whose goalie play has not been the best yet (as Antti Niemi was recently waived by the Penguins). The Jets get Dallas and the Canadiens both matches at home. Detroit might have it the best with Arizona, Ottawa and Edmonton who are all bottom 5 in their respect home/away situations.

Washington Capitals v Vancouver Canucks Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images

Goalies: If Anaheim can get past Toronto early then it gets considerably easier for John Gibson with Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks who are both stalled offensively. Buffalo meanwhile gets Arizona and Dallas who are struggling to get some goals.

Power Play: Carolina goes up against Colorado and Arizona who have poor PK units. Tampa Bay has it good early with Florida and NYR who are in the bottom 3 on the PK. Pittsburgh gets to further flaunt their top PP against Edmonton and Calgary who are in the bottom 10 teams in PK units.

Penalty Kill: Toronto gets some weak power plays in San Jose, Anaheim and LA Kings. The Senators get 3 of the 10 worst PP units in Montreal, Detroit and LVG.

Unfavorable:

Offense: NYI faces off against the Golden Knights who have been unbelievable using their third string goalie Oscar Dansk, then they get Braden Holtby before a respite in Colorado. The Kings get the Blues and the Maple Leafs (Blues top ten at home and Maple Leafs top ten on the road) which serves for a rough start to this week.

Buffalo Sabres v Vegas Golden Knights Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Goalies: Edmonton has a second consecutive rough week, Detroit, Pittsburgh and NJD are all strong on the road to start this year. Colorado gets Philadelphia and NYI (both who are strong at home) and Carolina who is strong on the road, wrong team wrong circumstances here.

Power Play: Nashville faces San Jose, LA and Anaheim in their California trip, all three are in the top 11 in PK units, while they struggle offensively, they have been solid at shutting down opposing teams. The California trio can be difficult on teams. San Jose faces challenging PK Units in Toronto, Nashville and Anaheim, it might be another week before seeing good Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns production.

Penalty Kill: Calgary faces the Penguins who have potentially the best PP right now. Detroit faces Arizona and Ottawa who don’t score often but when they do, it’s on the power play.

NHL Forecaster Oct 29 - Nov 5

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