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Weekly NHL Forecaster January 15th – January 21st

A week where it’s good to have the Blues

NHL: JAN 09 Panthers at Blues Photo by Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire via 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 1/3/2018

Favorable:

Offense:

The Blues have two home games vs. Toronto and Ottawa (both terrible at home on the road) and Arizona on the road (who is terrible at home)

The Panthers will go up against the Vegas Golden Knights (not good on the road) and the Predators (not good at home)

Goalies:

The Blues schedule also works out well for their defense. This could be a sneaky good week for Joel Edmundson (22% owned); Dmity Jaskin (1% owned) and Paul Stastny (25% owned)

The West coast teams are lethal defensively but not very strong on offense so Pittsburgh’s defense can breathe a sigh of relief as they cross the country this week.

The Red Wings face the Stars and Hurricanes who are average to sub average on the road.

Power Play:

The Jets have a back to back line up late in the week against some fellow Canadien rivals (Flames and Canucks) both of whom are among the 6 worst PK units.

New Jersey gets the Islanders, Capitals and Flyers all bottom ten in PK units.

The Oilers have one game but it’s against the lowly Canucks (4th worst PK unit)

The strongest is the Blackhawks who have one game against the Islanders who are the worst PK unit.

Penalty Kill:

Nashville faces off against the Golden Knights, Coyotes and Panthers, two of those three are among the worst 10 PP units.

The Maple Leafs get the Blues and Senators (both bottom ten in PP units) and Philadelphia (average).

Unfavorable:

Offense:

Pittsburgh makes a trip out west against three stellar goalies (Jonathan Quick, Martin Jones and John Gibson).

Philadelphia – if possible just avoid them altogether this week, the Rangers, Maple Leafs, Devils and Capitals in a mix of home and away that’s completely in favor of their opponents preferred location.

Goalies:

The Canucks face the Oilers at home (Edmonton is amazing on the road) and Winnipeg who is average. Surprisingly two home games for the Canucks and it will be a rough week.

Philadelphia – see above – avoid avoid.

Vegas Golden Knights – Nashville, Tampa Bay, Florida and Carolina ALL on the road and Vegas is not as strong on the road.

Power Play:

The Sharks get LAK (top PK unit); Colorado Avalanche (5th best PK unit), Arizona Coyotes (19th best PK unit); Anaheim Ducks (9th best PK unit) and Pittsburgh Penguins (12th best PK unit).

The Penguins have to face the California trifecta of Anaheim, LAK and San Jose (all top ten PK units)

Penalty Kill:

The Wild have one game – Tampa bay Lightning. No. Thank you.

The Kings go up against the Sharks, Penguins, Ducks and Rangers, all are above average PP units.

NHL Forecaster 15th - 21st

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