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Weekly NHL Forecaster December 11th – December 17th

Predators looking for some Prey this week.

Vegas Golden Knights v Nashville Predators Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Below is a breakdown of the seventh week of NHL games in the 2017-2018 season (can you believe we are about 25% into the 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 12/8/2017

Favorable:

Offense: All in on Nashville lthis week – they have Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary and should see a lot of production from their players Calle Jarnkrok (2% owned), Kyle Turris (66% owned) and Craig Smith (21% owned) will be good adds. The Bruins have it best on offense with the Red Wings, Capitals (who are bad on the road) and Rangers.

Arizona Coyotes v Boston Bruins Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Goalies: The Sharks have some offensively limited teams in the Flames and Canucks, should be a good week for their plus minus and goalie. Good week also for Pekka Rinne in Nashville as he faces the Canucks, Oilers and Flames.

Power Play: After a very rough week the Sabres have it good facing off against the Senators, Flyers and Hurricanes who are all fairly bad when killing penalties. Jack Eichel should see a spike in power play points. The worst PP unit in the league (Blue Jackets) get the worst PK units in Edmonton, NYI and Carolina, maybe they can finally net a few power play points Brandon Dubinsky (18% owned), Nick Foligno (46% owned) and Josh Anderson (26% owned).

Buffalo Sabres v Chicago Blackhawks

Penalty Kill: The Hurricanes get the Golden Knights, Sabres and Blue Jackets, all terrible on the power play.

Unfavorable:

Offense: AVOID Anaheim’s offense. Injuries plus a rough schedule facing the Blues and Capitals who are both very strong defensively equal a low production week. Calgary does not have a good week for any form of offense, the Wild, Sharks and Predators are all very defensively sound teams. It doesn’t get much worse than the Oilers who have the Blue Jackets, Predators and Wild, three top 5 goalies in the league there.

Anaheim Ducks v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Goalies: The Canadiens have it kind of bad with the Devils and Senators but by and large it should be good goings for most goalies this week.

Power Play: Calgary will have to face the respectable Wild and Predators PK units. They don’t mess around and will shut down power plays quick not to mention both teams have a strong goaltender behind their penalty killing squads.

Penalty Kill: The Coyotes face off against the Lightning and Penguins (two of the top 3 power play units in the NHL). The Bruins have a it slightly better but still have to face the Capitals, Red Wings and Rangers who are all top 10 power play units.

NHL Forecaster 12/11 - 12/17

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