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  1. Hurricanes could make playoffs if they survive a potentially disastrous March

    Oct 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Paul Maurice

    Unlike last season, Carolina’s schedule is pretty reasonable – except in almost the entire month of March. If they can weather that storm, the Hurricanes might be back in the playoffs again.

  2. Back-loaded schedule should help Sharks start strong

    Sep 30, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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    San Jose Sharks v Anaheim Ducks

    November and December should be kind to the Sharks this season. They better be, because February is going to be tough.

  3. No question: Los Angeles are the kings of the road in 2011-12

    Sep 30, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Los Angeles Kings v Phoenix Coyotes

    By kicking off the season in Europe and playing the vast majority of games in February and March on the road, it’s no surprise that the Kings will travel more miles than any other team in the NHL this season.

  4. Ducks will have to overcome nightmare schedule to compete

    Sep 30, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Lubomir Visnovsky, Jonas Hiller

    The Ducks will have to survive a 7-game road trip early in the season and an 8-game trip in February if they want to have a shot at the playoffs.

  5. Schedule could cause Coyotes to be streaky next season

    Sep 30, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Los Angeles Kings v Phoenix Coyotes

    Long stretches away from Arizona combined with long stretches on home ice could equal one of the streakiest teams in the league this season.

  6. Stars schedule presents ample opportunity for prolonged losing streaks

    Sep 30, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Tomas Fleischmann, Kari Lehtonen

    Three separate stretches next season could prove to hurt the Dallas Stars’ playoff chances next season.

  7. Watch out! Canucks will probably be streaking into the playoffs

    Sep 30, 2011, 1:30 AM EDT

    Vancouver Canucks v Boston Bruins - Game Six

    NHL teams better get to the Canucks quick, because once the calendar turns to March, they should be streaking towards the playoffs.

  8. Extended road trips will challenge the Edmonton Oilers

    Sep 30, 2011, 1:02 AM EDT

    Coyotes Oilers Hockey

    The Edmonton Oilers are faced with a schedule that will see them travel over 5,000 miles this season. We’ll go out on a limb and assume this probably isn’t how a young team wants to learn how to win.

  9. Avalanche will determine their fate during eight game homestand in November

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:20 PM EDT

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    Gabriel Landeskog

    The young Avalanche will need to survive a tough, Eastern Conference road trip to start the season. If not, the season could be over before it begins.

  10. Flames will need to get off to a quick start to be successful

    Sep 29, 2011, 9:41 PM EDT

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    Jarome Iginla

    The Flames will travel a ton of miles this season–so they better take advantage of a long homestand at the beginning of the season. Otherwise, it could be an uphill hill battle for the rest of the year.

  11. Manageable schedule for the Wild sets up for a strong finish

    Sep 29, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

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    Mike Yeo, Mikko Koivu, Dany Heatley, Marek Zidlicky, Cal Clutterbuck, Devin Setoguchi

    If the Minnesota Wild and successful navigate their way through November and December, they could ride a strong finish to a playoff berth.

  12. Schedule makers didn’t do the St. Louis Blues any favors this season

    Sep 29, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Matt D'Agostini, Alex Steen, Kevin Sharrenkirk, David Backes

    It could be a rough start for the Blues and it could be a rough finish for the Blues. It’s the work they can do mid-season that will determine their playoff fate.

  13. Balanced schedule gives Nashville no excuses this season

    Sep 29, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Shea Weber

    As far as Western Conference teams go, the Nashville Predators have one of the most manageable schedules around. Now they’ll have to prove that they can take care of business.

  14. Look for the Detroit Red Wings to get off to a quick start this season

    Sep 29, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    San Jose Sharks v Detroit Red Wings - Game Six

    Look for the Detroit Red Wings to get off to a quick start over the course of the first two months of the season. They better, because there are a few tough stretches later in the season that could cause stress in the Motor City.

  15. Blue Jackets’ schedule gives them the opportunity to finish strong

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Winnepeg Jets v Columbus BlueJackets

    The Jackets have a few tough stretches in the middle of the season, but if they can keep their head above water, their schedule will give them an opportunity to finish strong.

  16. Blackhawks first half schedule could lead to schizophrenic tendencies

    Sep 29, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Corey Crawford, Jonathan Toews

    Two long stretches away from home and a new year filled with games at the United Center could have the Blackhawks looking like a schizophrenic team for the first half of the season…

  17. Schedule analysis: Breaking down what’s ahead for all 30 NHL teams

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

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    beauty

    Here is your one-stop source for all of the schedule analysis posts.

  18. To break playoff curse, Maple Leafs must make best of an uneven schedule

    Sep 28, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

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    James Reimer

    For the Maple Leafs to break their playoff curse, the team will have to take advantage of long homestands and survive some substantial road swings.

  19. Two brutal early stretches might doom Senators in 2011-12

    Sep 28, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Daniel Alfredsson

    The deck already seemed stacked against the Senators from a talent perspective, but the schedule makers didn’t do them any favors with two brutal stretches early next season.

  20. Montreal’s favorable schedule could give them a shot to win the Northeast Division

    Sep 28, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Carey Price

    The Canadiens could be a dark horse candidate to win the Northeast Division because of their reasonable schedule – even if they’ll travel more than their rivals.

  21. Dramatic highs and lows dominate Buffalo’s difficult schedule

    Sep 28, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Ryan Miller

    The Sabres’ 2011-12 schedule almost seems manic depressive in its highs and lows. Surviving a brutal beginning to 2012 could be the key for Pegulamania to run wild.

  22. Bruins must stock up on points early in 2011-12 because of tough final three months

    Sep 28, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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    vtar101

    The Bruins need to take advantage of a very favorable first half schedule because the last three months of 2011-12 could be awfully challenging.

  23. Penguins’ schedule indicates that they could finish strong

    Sep 27, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    Phoenix Coyotes v Pittsburgh Penguins

    The Penguins’ schedule is pretty balanced and manageable, but they could go on a late season tear, especially in their final 11 games.

  24. Flyers schedule begins and ends friendly, but is challenging down the middle

    Sep 27, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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    New York Rangers v Philadelphia Flyers

    The Flyers could do some serious damage in the beginning and end of the 2011-12 season, but things could get a little shaky during tough stretches in November and December.

  25. Rangers face lengthy home and road swings in 2011-12

    Sep 27, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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    lundqvistoviap

    The Rangers begin the season in Sweden. Perhaps that only seems fitting, because they’ll be away from home for large periods of time during a very uneven schedule of home and road contests.

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