NHL Games on Monday, Dec. 18
Rest Notes: Monday is fairly even, with only the Anaheim Ducks having a distinct rest disadvantage, travelling to Detroit to conclude a back-to-back. Dallas has a slightly heavy workload with its third game in four nights, but the Stars get to play from their own home against the Kraken.
NHL Games on Tuesday, Dec. 19
Rest Notes: Minnesota has it worse than anyone on this list, playing its second game of a back-to-back, travelling from road game to road game, and having to face the rested Boston Bruins on top of that. Tough break! Beyond them, New Jersey, Vancouver, and Colorado are all playing their third game in four nights, and Carolina is playing its third in six. There are a few single-day rest discrepancies here and there, but nothing crazy.
NHL Games on Wednesday, Dec. 20
NHL Games on Thursday, Dec. 21
NHL Games on Friday, Dec. 22
Rest Notes: Every game on Friday is a schedule mismatch, with either a one- or two-game advantage, and three teams playing their second half of a back-to-back.
NHL Games on Saturday, Dec. 23
Rest Notes: We have four back-to-backs on the Saturday schedule, all of which create single-day mismatches with the opposition. Beyond those, Washington hosts Tampa while playing its third game in four nights, and Minnesota hosts Boston while playing its fourth in six.