My, how quickly things change. On Tuesday, I had just written a fantasy hockey playoffs cheat sheet, and not even one full week has passed and it's already outdated. That's the reality of life during uncertain times as COVID continues to disrupt the NHL schedule. The Canucks' original Friday start date was postponed until Sunday night after serious concerns were raised by the players that it wasn't enough time to prepare, and since then the Avalanche have also been forced to postpone games due to positive COVID tests.
The schedule changes and another week's worth of games played have obviously changed some things, so here's a rundown of things to keep in mind. Some food for thought, some leftover stats and, of course, some fantasy advice. Let's dig in.
All fancy stats courtesy Natural Stat Trick.
The Bear Awakens
The last cheat sheet had Pittsburgh having the easiest schedule the rest of the way based on opponents' points percentage. That is no longer the case, and it's now the Bruins who have that luxury. If we remove the Bruins' final two games against the Islanders and the Capitals, which will not count in Yahoo fantasy leagues because they will be played after May 8, it's an even easier path to the end of the season.
Starting Week 14 (April 19-25), the points percentage of the Pens' opponents increased from .483 to .505, mostly because sandwiched between relatively easy games against the Devils and Sabres are two games each against