Mike Finewax

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Friday, February 25, 2011



DETROIT

Games this week
@ Los Angeles, @ Anaheim, @ San Jose, @ Phoenix

Notes
The Red Wings continue on the road this week with all four games, including three games in four nights so look for Joey MacDonald to play once in place of the struggling Jimmy Howard. The Red Wings will be tired on Thursday when they play San Jose after playing the Ducks the night before. Daniel Cleary has already hit a career high of 21 goals this season and he missed a month of action with a broken ankle. Chris Osgood says he will return this season after undergoing surgery for a groin injury.

EDMONTON

Games this week
vs. Nashville, vs. Columbus, vs. Colorado

Notes
The Oilers placed Sheldon Souray on re-entry waivers hoping that someone would claim him but there were no takers and Souray is back in the minors. Watch out for Taylor Hall as he is heating up. He has four goals and an assist in his past three games. Rookie linemate Jordan Eberle has three goals and an assist in his last five. Devan Dubnyk has seen action in five of the Oilers last nine games and is 8-7-6 this season.

FLORIDA

Games this week
@ Carolina, vs. Montreal, @ Atlanta, vs. Washington

Notes
The Panthers play three games in four nights so look for Scott Clemmensen to play at least once in place of Tomas Vokoun, if Vokoun is not traded by Monday. The Panthers play host to a rested Washington on Sunday after Florida plays Atlanta on Saturday. They traded Cory Stillman on Thursday to Carolina and received Ryan Carter in exchange. Stephen Weiss is still getting mentioned in trade talks.

LOS ANGELES

Games this week
vs. Detroit, vs. Phoenix, vs. Vancouver

Notes
The Kings are play three times at home this week. Marco Sturm has returned from a knee injury and is back on the first line with Anze Kopitar and Wayne Simmonds. Scott Parse had a setback from his hip surgery and may not return in early March. Andrei Loktionov has been a healthy scratch this past week.

MINNESOTA

Games this week
vs. Chicago, @ New York Islanders, @ New York Rangers, vs. Buffalo

Notes
Minnesota play three games in four nights so look for Jose Theodore and Niklas Backstrom to share the net. The Wild are tired on Thursday when they face the Rangers after playing on Long Island the night before, but play all three other games against tired teams as they are rested. It starts on Monday when they face Chicago and it continues on Wednesday against the Islanders finishing on Sunday at home to the Sabres after Buffalo are in Philadelphia the previous day. Cam Barker is out with a mid-body injury, forcing the Wild to recall Nate Prosser. Mikko Koivu is out three-four weeks with a broken finger.

MONTREAL

Games this week
@ Atlanta, @ Florida, @ Tampa Bay

Notes
The Canadiens are in the deep south this week with all three games against Southeast division rivals. They have acquired Nigel Dawes and Brent Sopel from the Thrashers. It looks like Jaroslav Spacek is gone for the season with a lower body injury. Michael Cammalleri returned this past week from a shoulder injury.

NASHVILLE

Games this week
@ Edmonton, @ Vancouver, @ Calgary

Notes
The Predators are in Western Canada all week. Sergei Kostitsyn is out with an undisclosed injury. Jordin Tootoo returned to action this past week after being out since late December with a substance abuse problem. Patrik Hornqvist leads the team in goals with 17 while defenseman Shea Weber is first in points with 37.

NEW JERSEY

Games this week
vs. Tampa Bay, vs. Pittsburgh, @ New York Islanders

Notes
The Devils are rested pm Sunday when they take on the Islanders as the New Yorkers are home to St. Louis on Saturday. There is no hotter team than the Devils in the NHL as they are 15-1-2 in their last 18. Johan Hedberg has been outstanding in place of Martin Brodeur as Hedberg has won his last seven starts in a row, giving up only seven goals in 173 shots. Brodeur will have a tough time regaining the net with the hot play of Hedberg. Ilya Kovalchuk is on an 11 game scoring streak with seven goals and 13 points.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Games this week
@ Washington, vs. Minnesota, vs. St. Louis, vs. New Jersey

Notes
The Islanders play four times this week so expect Nathan Lawson and Al Montoya to each see action. The Islanders are a tired team twice this week as they face Minnesota on Wednesday after playing in Washington the previous night and are tired on Sunday when they face a rested Devils squad after they play the Blues on Saturday evening. Al Montoya is 3-1-1 for the Islanders this season giving up ten goals on only 154 shots.

NEW YORK RANGERS

Games this week
vs. Buffalo, vs. Minnesota, @ Ottawa, vs. Philadelphia

Notes
The Rangers play four times this week including three games in four nights so look for Martin Biron to play once in place of Henrik Lundqvist. The Rangers will be rested twice this week while taking on a tired opponent. The first time it happens is on Thursday against the Wild while they take on a tired Flyers squad on Sunday. Marian Gaborik is out with a concussion so look for Wojtek Wolski to benefit from the injury. Brandon Dubinsky leads the Rangers in points with 43.

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Michael Finewax has been covering hockey since 2005 and is the Hockey Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter.
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