This article is part of our Schedule Analysis series.
With the holiday break behind us and the Winter Classic just ahead, it's time we welcome in 2014 and face some truths. The Olympics are nearing and its arrival is surely to result in a fantasy sweat over NHL-action withdrawals (as experienced last week) and stretch strategies. So we thought this would be a good time to shine the light (see addition to grid) on the month of January as a whole. With the knowledge that most NHL teams will have a three or four-game schedule before the league breaks for international action, it will be important to get the most bang for your buck in the second to last full month of action.
(JAN. H|A) = January Home|Away Game Ratio)
*B2B occurrences in Bold
Carolina (MTL, at WAS, at NYI, NSH) has a fairly favorable schedule. We had another Jiri Tlusty (appendix) sighting, this time on the IR. As a result Zach Boychuck has been called back to Raleigh. Boychuck is currently engaged in a five-game point streak (five goals, three assists) at AHL Charlotte. Anton Khudobin probably passed Boychuck on the way to Charlotte for his conditioning assignment.
Chicago (LOS, at NYI, at NJD, SJS) will likely have dog fights at home against the opening and closing opponents of the week teams and make mincemeat of their in between opponents on the road. All reports have head coach Joel Quennville expecting Corey Crawford (leg) back in time for one of their two