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Weekly NHL Forecaster October 9th – 15th

Favorable matchups for the Bruins this week.

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Boston Bruins Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

In simplest terms: Boston Bruins have a good week, Philadelphia Flyers have a bad week.

Below is a breakdown of the first 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.

Example:

Montreal Canadiens

Goalie SoS – 6 (BAD!)

Forward SoS – 18 (GOOD!)

They face The Toronto Maple Leafs who are all offense meaning Carey Price is in for a big challenge, meanwhile it will be a high scoring affair as Toronto works on their porous defense which some of Montreals best can capitalize on.

Favorable:

Offense: St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins all have a good week for offensive production. Look for Charlie McAvoy, Dylan Larkin and Paul Stastny to cash in.

Goalies: Outside of the Boston Bruins, there are no slam dunks. The gap between Tuuka Rask and the next best options in Calgary, Buffalo and Arizona is sizeable. Antti Raanta could be a good option if he’s available.

Power Play: Boston again (thanks you two matchups against Colorado and one against the Golden Knights) Patrice Bergeron, Ryan Spooner, David Pastrnak, Riley Nash and Charlie McAvoy are names to excel on the PP this week. Detroit has a good week too, with Arizona, Golden Knights and Dallas Stars struggles on PK. Look to Gustav Nyquist, Justin Abdelkader, Tomas Tatar and Trevor Daley to net high PP than normal.

Unfavorable:

Offense: Rough week for Columbus facing Henrik Lundqvist and Devan Dubnyk and Minnesota who faces Corey Crawford and Sergei Bobrovsky. The worst might be the Flyers who have Pekka Rinne and Braden Holtby.

Goalies: Flyers – Nashville and Washington Capitals are deep in scoring talent. Michael Neuvirth and Brian Elliott better be ready. Andrei Vasilevskiy faces Washington, Pittsburgh (who is furious off a whooping to the Blackhawks) and the St. Louis Blues.

Penalty Kill: Tampa Bay, New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers all have a rough go of it against strong power play teams. Get penalized and they will pay.

Weekly Forecaster 8/9 - 8/15

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