NHL.com identifies implications of the 2019-20 schedule, including back-to-back sets, number of games on lighter days, fantasy playoff/championship week schedules, bye weeks and home/road splits. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.
BACK-TO-BACK SETS OF GAMES
PHI, PIT: 17
CAR, CHI, CBJ, FLA, NJD: 16
DAL, LAK, TBL: 15
BUF, DET, MTL, OTT, TOR: 14
ARI, BOS, NYR: 13
ANA, COL, NSH, SJS, VAN, VGK, WSH: 12
MIN, NYI: 11
CGY, WPG: 10
EDM, STL: 9
NOTES: Clear starting goalies Sergei Bobrovsky (FLA) and Matt Murray (PIT) could either lose some starts to their backups or be overworked because their teams have so many back-to-back sets. The same risk applies to potential No. 1 goalies Carter Hart (PHI) and Petr Mrazek (CAR). Some timeshare tandems (CHI, CBJ, NJD) have added fantasy appeal because their teams are among the leaders in back-to-back sets and their goalies can split starts as necessary. Meanwhile, clear starters Jordan Binnington (STL) and Connor Hellebuyck (WPG) could have heavy workloads with more rest in between games because their teams don't have nearly as many back-to-back sets.
FINAL FOUR WEEKS OF SEASON
NOTE: It's important to maximize the amount of players you have during the fantasy playoffs (head-to-head leagues), which are typically over the final four weeks of the regular season.
-- Most games in final four weeks of regular season: CAR, NYI, VAN (15 each); BUF, CGY, COL, DAL, FLA, LAK, NSH, NJD, NYR, PHI, PIT, WSH (14 each)
-- Fewest games in final four weeks of regular season: MTL (11); ANA, CBJ, DET, STL, VGK (12 each).
NOTE: Every NHL team plays either six or seven games in the final two weeks of the regular season (not much fantasy impact).
-- Most games in final week of regular season: DAL, NYI, NYR, WSH (four each); fewest: EDM (two)
NOTE: Knowing when each team will be on its bye week is also important in fantasy hockey since you may need to add or drop players to compete in your head-to-head matchup and/or reach minimum goalie appearances in some leagues.
-- 17 teams have their bye week leading up to and including NHL All-Star weekend (Jan. 25-26); the other 14 teams have their bye week including and following the All-Star break.
Read: Bye weeks for each team in 2019-20
LIGHTER GAME DAYS
NOTE: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday are typically the days with the most games each week, with Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday having fewer games.
-- Most games on lighter days: ANA (46); EDM, WSH (42 each)
-- Fewest games on lighter days: MTL, NSH (20 each); TBL, FLA (25 each); BOS (26)
-- Most home games in first half of season: BOS, PIT, SJS (23 of first 41); fewest home games in first half of season: MIN (17), LAK (18)
-- Longest homestands this season (nine games): FLA (Nov. 30 to Dec. 20); LAK (March 5 to 22)
-- Longest road trip this season (eight games): VGK (Jan. 14 to Feb. 6)
-- Best home teams last season: TBL (66 points); BOS (61); CGY (57); SJS (55)
-- Best road teams last season: TBL (62 points); CBJ, TOR (52 each); NYI (51)
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