Michael Finewax

The Week Ahead

print article archives RSS

Trade Deadline

Friday, February 25, 2011



OTTAWA

Games this week
vs. Boston, @ Atlanta, vs. New York Rangers

Notes
The Senators play all three games in four nights so look for Robin Lehner to play at least once in place of Craig Anderson. Marek Svatos was claimed off waivers from the Predators. It looks like Daniel Alfredsson may be out for the remainder of the season. Alexei Kovalev was dealt to Pittsburgh. Bobby Butler has five goals and seven points in his last five games.

PHILADELPHIA

Games this week
vs. Toronto, vs. Buffalo, @ New York Rangers

Notes
The Flyers are rested on Thursday when they take on the tired Maple Leafs as Toronto plays Pittsburgh the previous night. The Flyers are tired on Sunday when they travel to meet the Rangers after playing the Sabres the previous day. Philadelphia plays three games in four nights so look for Brian Boucher to play once in place of Sergei Bobrovsky. Ville Leino has been bothered by an injury to his surgically repaired hip of late. Nikolay Zherdev has passed through waivers. No decision has been made on what to do with the enigmatic Russian.

PHOENIX

Games this week
vs. Dallas, @ Los Angeles, vs. Detroit

Notes
The Coyotes are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games. Ray Whitney was injured a week ago and still has not returned to the lineup. Adrian Aucoin is in the same predicament. Scottie Upshall was suspended for two games by the NHL for a late hit on Philadelphia defenseman Oskars Bartulis Tuesday night. Shane Doan is now the Coyotes/Jets all-time leader in games played surpassing Teppo Numminen this past week. Doan will play his 1,100th NHL game on February 25.

PITTSBURGH

Games this week
@ Toronto, @ New Jersey, @ Boston

Notes
The Penguins play three games in four nights so expect to see Brent Johnson play once for Marc-Andre Fleury. Pittsburgh is tired on Saturday when they play the rested Bruins as the Penguins face New Jersey on Friday. They play Toronto for the second time in four days on Wednesday as both games are in Toronto. Look for some fisticuffs in that game with Michael Rupp, Matt Cooke and Deryk Engelland likely combatants for Pittsburgh. The Penguins have been busy on the trade front as they dealt Alex Goligoski to Dallas and received talented James Neal and disappointing former first round pick Matt Niskanen in return. They then picked up former Penguin Alexei Kovalev from the Senators in exchange for a conditional seventh round pick. They still need to get the concussed Sidney Crosby back in the lineup if they are to cause any damage in the post-season.

ST. LOUIS

Games this week
vs. Calgary, @ Washington, @ New York Islanders

Notes
The Blues will have a relatively easy week as they play only three times after playing five last week. David Perron has been out of action since November 4 with a concussion and while he is doing some light exercising, his symptoms are still not gone. The Blues have scored on the power play in each of the last seven games, moving from 26th overall to 17th. Chris Stewart and Kevin Shattenkirk were dealt from St. Louis in exchange for Erik Johnson and Jay McClement. Stewart had three power play goals for the Blues in his first week with the team. Jaroslav Halak could return to the lineup this week from a bruised hand.

SAN JOSE

Games this week
vs. Colorado, vs. Detroit, vs. Dallas

Notes
The Sharks play all three games at home this week as they start a six game home stand. The Sharks are a rested team playing a tired squad twice this week. They meet Detroit on Thursday after the Red Wings travel from Anaheim on Wednesday while they face Dallas on Saturday as the Stars also play the Ducks the previous night. Antti Niemi has played in 17 straight games for the Sharks going 13-2-1 and leading the Sharks into a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Logan Couture has 25 goals this season and has tied Pat Falloon for the rookie record for goals in one season as a Shark.

TAMPA BAY

Games this week
@ New Jersey, @ Boston, vs. Montreal

Notes
The Lightning play three games in four nights so look for the recently acquired Curtis McElhinney to play once in place of Dwayne Roloson. Of course, if the Lightning decide to recall Mike Smith from the minors if he passes through re-entry waivers, he could be the netminder as well. Tampa Bay dealt Dan Ellis in return for McElhinney. Vincent Lecavalier had a monster game against the Coyotes with a goal and five points. They also acquired Eric Brewer from the St. Louis Blues and that move can only help them in the playoffs.

TORONTO

Games this week
vs. Pittsburgh, @ Philadelphia, vs. Chicago

Notes
The Maple Leafs play three games in four nights so expect to see Jean-Sebastien Giguere in goal once in place of rookie James Reimer. They face the Penguins at home for the second time in four nights so expect to see some fisticuffs with Jay Rosehill leading the way for the Toronto side. The Maple Leafs will be a tired team when they travel to Philadelphia on Thursday after playing the Penguins at home the night before but will be rested on Saturday when they face a tired Chicago team. The Maple Leafs have been hot of late and are now in 10th spot, only four points out of the eighth and final playoff spot. Tyler Bozak was pointless in his last 14 games before striking for two goals and three points on Thursday. Phil Kessel is hot once again with six goals and eight points in his last five games.

VANCOUVER

Games this week
vs. Columbus, vs. Nashville, @ Los Angeles, @ Anaheim

Notes
The Canucks four times this week including three games in four nights so look for Cory Schneider to play once for Roberto Luongo. The are a tired team on Sunday when they face Anaheim after playing 28 miles away the previous night in Los Angeles. Schneider has been one of the best back up goaltenders in the NHL this season and could be starting for most teams. He is now 11-3-2 this season with a 2.27 GAA and a .924 save percentage making him a very good second goalie in most fantasy pools despite his lack of game action. Mason Raymond has scored only twice in his last 25 games.

WASHINGTON

Games this week
vs. New York Islanders, vs. St. Louis, @ Florida

Notes
The Capitals are a rested team on Sunday when they face the Panthers as Florida plays in Atlanta on Saturday. Eric Fehr has missed the last 16 games is probably another week or two away from getting back into the lineup from a shoulder injury. Nicklas Backstrom fractured a thumb on Monday but is expected to play on the 25th of February. The Capitals will stick with Semyon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth and not trade for a goaltender according to GM George McPhee.

PLAYERS TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEK
Nathan Gerbe - Sabres
Curtis Glencross - Flames
Bryan Bickell - Blackhawks
Mike Modano - Red Wings
Kyle Brodziak - Wild
Brandon Prust - Rangers

LAST WEEK'S PLAYERS
This is how the players performed through Thursday
G A PPP +/- PIMS
Brandon Yip - Avalanche 0 0 0 -2 0
Rostislav Olesz - Panthers 0 0 0 0 2
David Legwand - Predators 0 0 0 -1 2
Frans Nielsen - Islanders 1 1 1 -1 0
Scottie Upshall - Coyotes 0 0 0 -1 2
Vladimir Sobotka - Blues 0 1 1 -3 0



Michael Finewax is entering his 10th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.
Email :Michael Finewax



Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days



Video Center

  •  
    Levitan: Week 17 plug-n-plays

    Levitan: Week 17 plug-n-plays
  •  
    Beer

    Beer's NBA 6-Pack: Monday
  •  
    Bales: Luck

    Bales: Luck's Week 16 struggle
  •  
    Beer

    Beer's NFL 6 Pack - WR & TE
  •  
    Friday

    Friday's Fantasy Minute
  •  
    RotoPat: Week 16 Rankings

    RotoPat: Week 16 Rankings
  •  
    Week 16 Difference Makers

    Week 16 Difference Makers
  •  
    Beer

    Beer's NFL 6 Pack - QB & RB