The six teams with four games this week are: Anaheim, Dallas, Detroit, San Jose, Toronto and Washington.
Base rate = VUKOTA projected rates for the 2010-11 season.
*Asterisk denotes second game of back-to-back games.
C Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks
Base rates: 0.30 G, 0.75 A, 1.04 P
Overview: 4 games. 1 home, 3 road. 1 back-to-back.
Schedule: @DET, @PHI, @BUF*, CHI
Holy road trip, Batman! The floundering Sharks have a hellish schedule for Week 9. If that wasnt bad enough, their scorers will face some stingy defenses. Still, you dont want to overreact to schedule, especially when youve got four games to play with. Keep all of the Thorntons, Heatleys and Marleaus in your lineup for this week, and give San Joses next tier of players some consideration as well.