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Fantasy trends: Schedule cheat sheet for 2017-18

Bjugstad, Matheson gain value with favorable games ahead for Panthers; complete list of home/road splits, matchups against non-contenders

by Rob Reese @NHLReese / NHL.com Fantasy Editor

With the fantasy hockey playoffs approaching, NHL.com has you covered with a breakdown of the remaining schedule for each NHL team. We have identified various trends, including remaining games, home/road splits, and games against non-contending teams as of March 8. Games during the final two weeks of the regular season (fantasy championship round in head-to-head leagues) are also listed for each team.

NOTE: Non-contending teams include Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks.

 
Most-favorable schedules:

Most games remaining: FLA (18)

Most against non-contenders: FLA (11)

Home-heavy splits: TBL (+5); LAK, TOR (+4)

Most games, final 2 weeks: FLA (9); BOS, OTT (8)

 
Most-difficult schedules:

Fewest games remaining: CGY, PIT, TOR (14 each)

Fewest against non-contenders: MTL, NSH (3 each)

Road-heavy splits: DAL (-5); BOS (-4)

Fewest games, final 2 weeks: ANA, CGY, CHI, CBJ, DAL, EDM, LAK, MTL, PHI, PIT, VAN (6 each)

 

Schedule notes for each NHL team:

Anaheim: 15 (8 home, 7 away; 6 in final 2 weeks; 5 vs. non-contenders)

Arizona: 16 (7 home, 9 away; 7 in final 2 weeks; 4 vs. non-contenders) 

Boston: 18 (7 home, 11 away; 8 in final 2 weeks; 4 vs. non-contenders)

Buffalo: 15 (8 home, 7 away; 7 in final 2 weeks; 6 vs. non-contenders)

Calgary: 14 (8 home, 6 away; 6 in final 2 weeks; 6 vs. non-contenders)

Carolina: 15 (7 home, 8 away; 7 in final 2 weeks; 6 vs. non-contenders)

Chicago: 15 (8 home, 7 away; 6 in final 2 weeks; 4 vs. non-contenders)

Colorado: 16 (8 home, 8 away; 7 in final 2 weeks; 4 vs. non-contenders)

Columbus: 15 (8 home, 7 away; 6 in final 2 weeks; 6 vs. non-contenders)

Dallas: 15 (5 home, 10 away; 6 in final 2 weeks; 4 vs. non-contenders)

Detroit: 16 (7 home, 9 away; 7 in final 2 weeks; 5 vs. non-contenders)

Edmonton: 16 (8 home, 8 away; 6 final 2 weeks; 5 vs. non-contenders)

Florida: 18 (10 home, 8 away; 9 in final 2 weeks; 11 vs. non-contenders)

Los Angeles: 16 (10 home, 6 away; 6 in final 2 weeks; 5 vs. non-contenders)

Minnesota: 15 (6 home, 9 away; 7 in final 2 weeks; 4 vs. non-contenders)

Montreal: 16 (7 home, 9 away; 6 in final 2 weeks; 3 vs. non-contenders)

Nashville: 16 (8 home, 9 away; 7 in final 2 weeks; 3 vs. non-contenders)

New Jersey: 15 (7 home, 8 away; 7 in final 2 weeks; 4 vs. non-contenders)

NY Islanders: 15 (9 home, 6 away; 7 in final 2 weeks; 6 vs. non-contenders)

NY Rangers: 15 (6 home, 9 away; 7 in final 2 weeks; 4 vs. non-contenders)

Ottawa: 17 (9 home, 8 away; 8 in final 2 weeks; 7 vs. non-contenders)

Philadelphia: 15 (8 home, 7 away; 6 in final 2 weeks; 6 vs. non-contenders)

Pittsburgh: 14 (7 home, 7 away; 6 in final 2 weeks; 7 vs. non-contenders)

San Jose: 16 (9 home, 7 away; 7 in final 2 weeks; 4 vs. non-contenders)

St. Louis: 16 (7 home, 9 away; 7 in final 2 weeks; 6 vs. non-contenders)

Tampa Bay: 15 (10 home, 5 away; 7 in final 2 weeks; 9 vs. non-contenders)

Toronto: 14 (9 home, 5 away; 7 in final 2 weeks; 7 vs. non-contenders)

Vancouver: 15 (7 home, 8 away; 6 in final 2 weeks; 5 vs. non-contenders)

Vegas: 16 (8 home, 8 away; 7 in final 2 weeks; 6 vs. non-contenders)

Washington: 16 (7 home, 9 away; 7 in final 2 weeks; 7 vs. non-contenders)

Winnipeg: 16 (8 home, 8 away; 7 in final 2 weeks; 5 vs. non-contenders)

 

Fantasy playoff week of March 12-18:
Most games: ANA, CAR, COL, DAL, DET, EDM, LAK, MTL, OTT, PHI, SJS, STL, VGK, WSH, WPG (4 each)

Fewest games: BUF, PIT (2 each)

 

Fantasy playoff week of March 19-25:

Most games: ARI, BUF, BOS, CBJ, EDM, FLA, LAK, MTL, NSH, PIT, VAN (4 each)

Fewest games: Other 20 teams (3 each)

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