In most H2H fantasy leagues, the playoffs will be three rounds on the following weeks:
Quarter Finals: Monday Apr 8 - Sunday Apr 14
Semi-Finals: Monday Apr 15 - Sunday Apr 21
THE Finals: Monday Apr 22 - Saturday Apr 27
In "daily-set" leagues, you can move your bench players into an active roster spot every day.
There is advantage in not losing a game due to conflicts of too many games.
So - which NHL teams play on those off-nights where you can avoid conflicts and maximize games (ESPECIALLY GOALIE STARTS)?
The following equation is used (based on information found on the weekly grids at dobberhockey.com).
SCORE PER GAME NIGHT = 16 - # NHL Games.
Therefore, if Calgary vs. Buffalo is the only game on Monday night, those teams would get a score of +15. (16 - 1). If there are 14 games on Tuesday night, those teams would get a score of +2pts. (16-14).
Quarter-Finals (BEST-to-WORST teams):
38: BUF, CGY, STL
34: BOS, COL
31: CHI, NAS
30: CAR, DET
27: ANA, EDM, NYR, TOR, VAN (M/W/Sat games)
23: CBJ, DAL
19: LA, MIN, MON, NYI, PHI, PIT, SJ, WAS (T/Th/Sat games)
Semi-Finals (BEST-to-WORST teams):
38: BOS, CGY
34: CBJ, MON
32: DAL, NYR, STL
30: ANA, BUF, CAR, FLA, MIN, NJ, OTT, PHI, PIT, TOR, VAN
26: CHI, COL, EDM
22: LA, NYI, PHX, SJ, TB, WAS, WPG (T/Th/Sat games)
Finals Week (BEST-to-WORST teams):
38: CHI, EDM, PHX
25: CGY, NYI
22: COL, LA, MIN, SJ, VAN
20: ANA, OTT, PIT
16: CAR, DAL, FLA, MON, NAS, NJ, NYR, PHI, STL, WAS (T/Th/Sat)
TOTALS (Unweighted) for 3-Weeks of Playoffs
BEST: 101 CGY, 95 CHI, 93 PHX, 91 EDM, BUF... 86 STL,DET,COL,BOS,VAN,TOR,ANA,CAR,OTT,NYR 75... 71 MIN,DAL,PIT,MON,TB,NJ, NYI, CBJ, PHI, NAS, LA, SJ, WPG, FLA, WAS 57: WORST
Another way to evaluate teams is to "weight" the schedules, giving preference to the final week (45%) over the semi-finals (35%) and the quarter finals (20% - some teams have a bye).
TOTALS (Weight 45%, 35%, 20%) for 3-Weeks of Playoffs:
Chicago & Calgary are looking like a great teams to own for the stretch run to get a few extra games and to avoid conflicts with other teams.
Edmonton & Phoenix (other West Coast teams) also have some favourable portions to their schedule.
Stay away from NASCAR cities and their teams. That's just a good, overall general statement.
Good luck to all in their H2H planning!