Michael Finewax

The Week Ahead

print article archives RSS

Welcome Back Hockey!

Friday, September 30, 2011


Welcome back to another year of The Week Ahead.  We are pleased that Marty York, Marc Lapierre and Gus Katsaros have joined our writing team.

 

We also welcome the new fans of the Winnipeg Jets and are sorry that the fans of the Atlanta Thrashers have lost their team.

 

The worst story of the off-season were the tragic deaths of Rick Rypien, Derek Boogaard and Wade Belak, while the Russian air disaster that took the lives of all 37 members of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team was a huge tragedy that should never be forgotten.

 

Let’s hope that superstar Sidney Crosby is able to return quickly from a concussion that has kept him out of action since January 5.

 

Here is The Week Ahead.

 

WEEK OF OCTOBER 6-9

 

3 Games- Pittsburgh

 

2 Games - Anaheim, Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, Chicago, Columbus,  Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Montreal, Nashville, New York Rangers, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Toronto

 

1 Game – Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York Islanders,  Phoenix, St. Louis, San Jose, Vancouver, Washington, Winnipeg

 

Since a lot of leagues play the first week as the first two weeks, we will also look at next week’s schedule.

 

WEEK OF OCTOBER 10-16

 

4 Games – Colorado, Minnesota, St. Louis, Vancouver

 

3 Games – Boston, Calgary, Carolina, Columbus, Dallas, New Jersey, New York Islanders, Ottawa, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington

 

2 Games – Anaheim, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Edmonton, Florida, Los Angeles, Montreal, Nashville, Philadelphia, San Jose, Winnipeg

 

1 Game – New York Rangers, Toronto

 

INJURIES

 

Sidney Crosby (concussion) continues to be the story of the NHL.

 

Check out the latest injury report

 

ANAHEIM

 

Games this week

@ Buffalo, vs. New York Rangers

 

Games next week

vs. San Jose, vs. St. Louis

Notes

It appears that Jonas Hiller has recovered fully from his bout last season with vertigo and is ready to go as the Ducks starting netminder. The Ducks open the season in Europe, playing the Sabres and the Rangers but not their cross-town rival Kings, who are the fourth team overseas. Andrew Cogliano is likely to start the year as the Ducks third line center. After their game against the Rangers, the Ducks will have six days off before playing at home against the Sharks.

 

BOSTON

 

Games this week

vs. Philadelphia, vs. Tampa Bay

 

Games next week

vs. Colorado, @ Carolina, @ Chicago

Notes

The Bruins open the season with three home games. They are rested when they face Tampa Bay on Saturday, while the Lightning are in Carolina Friday. Tyler Seguin will once again start the season on the wing, but will eventually move back to center early in his career. Joe Corvo is likely to start the season as Zdeno Chara’s partner on the blueline.

 

BUFFALO

 

Games this week

vs. Anaheim, @ Los Angeles

 

Games next week

vs. Carolina, @ Pittsburgh

Notes

The Sabres start the season across the pond where they play the Ducks and the Kings. Buffalo, with their new owner, spent a lot of money in the off-season bringing Ville Leino and Christian Ehrhoff aboard and that should help the team. Derek Roy is suffering from a shoulder injury but should be fine for the opener. Jhonas Enroth will back up Ryan Miller in goal this season.

 

CALGARY

 

Games this week

vs. Pittsburgh

 

Games next week

@ St. Louis, @ Montreal, @ Toronto

 

Notes

The Flames only play once this week and with Jarome Iginla just beginning to skate due to back spasms, I recommend benching all your Flames. If your first week is 11 days, then keep them in your lineup as Calgary has a three game road trip. It looks like Mikael Backlund could start on the top unit between Iginla and Alex Tanguay. Rene Bourque is currently out with aches and pains. Miikka Kiprusoff will start again in goal but the Flames need Henrik Karlsson to play at least 20 games in net to provide Kiprusoff with some needed time off.

 

CAROLINA

 

Games this week

vs. Tampa Bay, @ Washington

 

Games next week

@ New Jersey, vs. Boston, @ Buffalo

 

Notes

Zac Dalpe got an increase in fantasy value when he was placed on Eric Staal’s wing. There were a few surprise cuts on Thursday as the Hurricanes sent down Zach BoychukDrayson Bowman and Jerome Samson. The Hurricanes play a rested Washington team on Saturday after opening at home against the Lightning the night before. Rookie Ryan Murphy, an offensive juggernaut in junior hockey and Carolina’s first pick in the 2011 Draft is still in camp.

 

CHICAGO

 

Games this week

@ Dallas, vs. Dallas

 

Games next week

vs. Winnipeg, vs. Boston

Notes

The Blackhawks play a home-and-home series with the Dallas Stars so expect tempers to flair early on. The Blackhawks added enforcers Daniel Carcillo and Jamal Mayers plus defenseman Steve Montador to the mix this season and it could be a wild couple of games this week. Viktor Stalberg is expected to miss three weeks with a leg injury, but Patrick Kane is expected to start the season at full strength after off-season wrist surgery.

 

COLORADO

 

Games this week

vs. Detroit

 

Games next week

@ Boston, @ Columbus, @ Ottawa, @ Montreal

 

Notes

The Avalanche play only once this week but they get a break as they open at home against a possibly tired Detroit team who play their home opener the night before at home against Ottawa. The second overall pick, Gabriel Landeskog, looks like he will make the team and could play on a line with Paul Stastny and David Jones and that will only add to his fantasy value. Brandon Yip is out four-six weeks with a broken forearm.

 

COLUMBUS

 

Games this week

vs. Nashville, @ Minnesota

 

Games next week

vs. Vancouver, vs. Colorado, @ Dallas

Notes

Columbus play the rested Wild after taking on Nashville the previous night. The Blue Jackets did very well in the off-season to finally get a number one center, but Jeff Carter did cost them a lot. Columbus also went out and picked up the quarterback for their power play that had always been missing as they signed UFA James Wisniewski to a multi-year deal. Unfortunately, Wisniewski will miss the first eight games of the season with a suspension as he illegally hit Cal Clutterbuck in the head. Derick Brassard should move from center to the wing this season. Tomas Kubalik will get the first shot to play alongside Carter and Rick Nash but we think the job will eventually go to Vaclav Prospal.

 

DALLAS

 

Games this week

vs. Chicago, @ Chicago

 

Games next week

vs. Phoenix, vs. St. Louis, vs. Columbus

 

Notes

The Stars play a home-and-home series against the Chicago Blackhawks, so expect fisticuffs in both games. Steve Ott and Krys Barch should handle most of the rough stuff. The Stars made a good off-season acquisition in picking up defenseman Sheldon Souray who should be able to help Alex Goligoski on the point during the power play. Brenden Morrow has been suffering a knee injury but hopefully will be all right for the start of the season.

 

DETROIT

 

Games this week

vs. Ottawa, @ Colorado

 

Games next week

vs. Vancouver, @ Minnesota

 

Notes

The Red Wings play a rested Colorado squad on Saturday in Denver after playing their home opener against Ottawa the previous night. Pavel Datsyuk has a sore back after injuring it lifting weights. He should be fine for the start of the regular season. Fabian Brunnstrom has had a great preseason and is in line for a new contract. Brad Stuart and Mike Commodore are hurting so Jakub Kindl could get a break and start the season as the Red Wings fifth defenseman.


continue story »
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

  •  
    Beer

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

    NBA 6-Pack: Friday
  •  
    Beer

    Beer's NFL 6 Pack - QB & RB
  •  
    RotoPat: Week 13 Rankings

    RotoPat: Week 13 Rankings
  •  
    Levitan: Thanksgiving options

    Levitan: Thanksgiving options
  •  
    Levitan: Week 13 start options

    Levitan: Week 13 start options
  •  
    Wednesday

    Wednesday's Fantasy Minute
  •  
    NBA 6-Pack: Tuesday

    NBA 6-Pack: Tuesday