Capping the NHL's easiest and toughest remaining schedules

With the abbreviated NHL season coming to a close this month, it's time to look forward to which teams have the toughest and easiest schedules the rest of the way.

In lieu of a perfect algorithm, we took the remaining games in each club's schedule, added up those teams' combined points in the standings and divided that by the number of games each team has remaining. If a team faces another club twice during the final stretch, we simply added that opponent's points in the standings twice.

We left items like travel and back-to-backs out of the mix but noted below some particularly tough stretches that some teams are faced with.

Make sense? Hope so.

Three toughest schedules in East:

NY Rangers (9th in East, 37 points, 11 games left): 46.5 average points of opponents
Schedule: Pittsburgh, @Pittsburgh, @Carolina, @Toronto, Toronto, @NY Islanders, @Philadelphia, Florida, @Buffalo, New Jersey, @Florida, @Carolina, New Jersey

New Jersey (7th in East, 39 points, 12 games left): 42.5 average points of opponents
Schedule: @Boston, Toronto, @Buffalo, Boston, Ottawa, @Toronto, @Philadelphia, Florida, @NY Rangers, Montreal, Pittsburgh, @NY Rangers

Philadelphia (13th in East, 33 points, 12 games left): 41.8 average points of opponents
Schedule: Montreal, @Toronto, @Winnipeg, @NY Islanders, Ottawa, @Buffalo, @Montreal, NY Rangers, New Jersey, @Carolina, Boston, NY Islanders, @Ottawa

Three easiest schedules in East:

NY Islanders (8th in East, 39 points, 11 games left): 36.5 average points of opponents
Schedule: @Washington, Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, @Boston, NY Rangers, Florida, @Toronto, @Winnipeg, @Carolina, @Philadelphia, @Buffalo

Winnipeg (3rd in East, 38 points, 10 games left): 37.4 average points of opponents
Schedule: @Montreal, Phildelphia, Buffalo, Florida, Tampa Bay, Carolina, NY Islanders, @Buffalo, @Washington, Montreal

Ottawa
(6th in East, 44 points, 12 games left): 38.1 average points of opponents
Schedule: @Buffalo, @Florida, @Tampa Bay, @Philadelphia, @New Jersey, @Boston, Carolina, Washington, Toronto, Pittsburgh, @Washington, Philadelphia

Three toughest schedules in West:

Dallas
(13th in West, 35 points, 13 games left): 47 average points of opponents
Schedule: @Anaheim, @Anaheim, @San Jose, Los Angeles, @Nashville, San Jose, @Chicago, Vancouver, @St. Louis, @Los Angeles, @San Jose, Columbus, Detroit

St. Louis (8th in West, 38 points, 14 games left): 44 average points of opponents
Schedule: @Chicago, Columbus, @Detroit, @Nashville, @Minnesota, @Columbus, Chicago, Vancouver, Phoenix, Dallas, @Colorado, Colorado, Calgary, Chicago

Nashville (9th in West, 38 points, 11 games left): 43.1 average points of opponents
Schedule: Columbus, Chicago, @Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, Detroit, Vancouver, @Chicago, Calgary, @Detroit, @Columbus

Three easiest schedules in West:

Anaheim (2nd in West, 53 points, 12 games left): 33.8 average points of opponents
Schedule: Dallas, Dallas, Los Angeles, Edmonton, Colorado, @Los Angeles, Columbus, @Calgary, @Edmonton, @Edmonton, @Vancouver, Phoenix

San Jose (6th in West, 42 points, 13 games left): 38.1 average points of opponents
Schedule: Minnesota, Calgary, Dallas, @Columbus, @Detroit, @Dallas, @Phoenix, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Columbus, Dallas, @Phoenix, @Los Angeles

Chicago (1st in West, 57 points, 13 games left): 38.1 average points of opponents
Schedule: St. Louis, @Nashville, Nashville, @Minnesota, Detroit, @St. Louis, Dallas, Nashville, Phoenix, @Vancouver, @Edmonton, Calgary, @St. Louis

Extra schedule notes:
-Islanders end the season with five games on the road.
-Ottawa's next five games are on the road.
-Buffalo has only three games left on the road.
-Winnipeg has a six-game home stand left.
-Winnipeg has the fewest games remaining with 10.
-Calgary and St. Louis have the most games remaining with 14.
-Tampa Bay has a three-game and a four-game road trip remaining.
-Seven of Nashville's next nine games are at home.
-Seven of St Louis's last eight games are at home.
-Calgary's last four games are on the road.
-Edmonton's next four games are on the road.
-Anaheim's next five games are at home.
-Vancouver has a five-game road-trip.

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