NHL Trends - Back to Back games

Updated: 6911 Ice Hockey

We're now almost two months into the NHL season and it's time totake a first look at one of the trends I want to explore during theseason which is the impact of back to back games on teams.Back to back

NHL Trends - Back to Back games
Andy Powell Content Editor

Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

We're now almost two months into the NHL season and it's time to take a first look at one of the trends I want to explore during the season which is the impact of back to back games on teams.

Back to back games are common in the NHL and all teams will play their fair share of them and it's how the 2nd game turns out that I want to focus on.

Eastern Conference

TEAMWINSLOSSESOVERTIME LOSSES
Montreal Canadiens400
Tampa Bay Lightning230
Boston Bruins030
Detroit Red Wings101
Ottawa Senators020
Toronto Maple Leafs211
Florida Panthers001
Buffalo Sabres230
Pittsburgh Penguins101
New York Islanders210
Washington Capitals130
NY Rangers020
Philadelphia Flyers130
Columbus Blue Jackets140

Western Conference

TEAMWINSLOSSESOVERTIME LOSSES
Nashville Predators001
St. Louis Blues110
Winnipeg Jets111
Chicago Blackhawks110
Minnesota Wild200
Colorado Avalanche011
Dallas Stars030
Anaheim Ducks210
Calgary Flames200
Vancouver Canucks131
Los Angeles Kings120
San Jose Sharks220
Arizona Coyotes210
Edmonton Oilers110

There are many factors that go into playing on back to back nights. Many NHL teams will rotate their goaltenders and depending on the matchup may play their backup in Game One. As you can see above, the number of games played ranges from one to five so this early in the season it doesn't serve much purpose to break down the stats even further but in my next blog I'll be looking at the effects of the goaltender decision and how teams react to losing or winning the previous night.

Teams to watch

Montreal Canadiens

Minnesota Wild

Calgary Flames

Teams to avoid

Boston Bruins

Columbus Blue Jackets

Dallas Stars

Vancouver Canucks

Games to pay attention to over the next 4 weeks

Nov 22nd Montreal Canadiens @ Boston Bruins

Nov 23rd Montreal Canadiens @ New York Rangers

Dec 6th Montreal Canadiens @ Dallas Stars

Dec 17th Boston Bruins @ Minnesota Wild The above games aren't the only back to back games between now and Christmas but they are the four that I've picked out between teams who have a good record in back to back games and teams who have a poor record in back to back games.

When the lines become available for those games, I'll post them in the comments section below.

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