Michael Finewax

The Week Ahead

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 18, 2011


 

EDMONTON

 

Games this week

@Dallas, @ Nashville, @ Minnesota, @ Colorado

 

Notes

Edmonton plays four times this week, twice back-to-back so look for Nikolai Khabibulin and Devan Dubnyk to split the net. They will be the tired team twice this week as Nashville will be rested on Tuesday when the Oilers play there after playing in Dallas on Monday and the same situation arises on Saturday in Colorado where the rested Avalanche will be waiting for a tired Edmonton team who play in Minnesota Friday. Cam Barker will be out of action for three months as he requires ankle surgery. It was thought that Magnus Paajarvi would be a healthy scratch on Thursday but with Sam Gagner out with a bad back, Paajarvi moved to center instead of the press box but only has one assist in 17 games this season. Look for Ryan Whitney to return after Thanksgiving.

 

FLORIDA

 

Games this week

vs. New Jersey, vs. New York Rangers, vs. Tampa Bay, @ Tampa Bay

 

Notes

The Panthers play four times including three games in four nights so expect to see Scott Clemmensen to get at least one start in place of Jose Theodore. They play a home-and-home series with their cross-state rival Florida Panthers after Thanksgiving so do not be surprised if Scottie Upshall and Erik Gudbranson add to their penalty minute totals.  Mikael Samuelsson could start practicing by November 18 as he has been out for a month recovering from off-season sports hernia surgery. Tomas Fleischmann has 17 points and is plus-11 in 18 games this season and Kris Versteeg is doing even better with 20 points and a plus-nine rating. Stephen Weiss is also having a great season with six goals and 15 points, a plus-11 rating and 22 penalty minutes.

   

LOS ANGELES

 

Games this week

@ St. Louis, @ Dallas, vs. Chicago

 

Notes

The Kings play three games this week and will be a rested team once and a tired team on one occasion as they are tired on Wednesday when they face the Stars in Dallas after playing in St. Louis the night before. They then go home to celebrate Thanksgiving and get Friday off while their Saturday opponents, the Chicago Blackhawks, are in Anaheim Friday. Slava Voynov was recalled after Alec Martinez suffered an upper body injury and was placed on the injured reserve list. Voynov scored a couple of goals the last game he played in the NHL in October and didn’t disappoint with a goal and an assist on Thursday. He is worth picking up in most pools.  Dustin Penner is out of action with a swollen hand. He is on the injured reserve list but could be back this week. Andrei Loktionov was recalled to replace Penner. The Kings certainly have depth at Manchester and should not miss a beat with the injuries to Martinez and Penner.

 

MINNESOTA

 

Games this week

vs. Nashville, vs. Edmonton, vs. Calgary

 

Notes

Marek Zidlicky, the Wild`s top offensive defenseman, is out of action with a concussion. That puts two Wild blueliners on the shelf as Marco Scandella is also out with a concussion. Niklas Backstrom has been outstanding with a 7-4-2 record to go along with a 1.97 GAA and a .935 save percentage and he’s had to be with backup Josh Harding playing so well and breathing down his neck, with a 4-1-1 mark and a 1.78 GAA with a .948 save percentage.  Dany Heatley has been a bit of a disappointment thus far with only five goals and 12 points in 19 games. Matt Cullen has eight goals to lead the Wild.

 

MONTREAL

 

Games this week

vs. Boston, @ Carolina, @ Philadelphia, vs. Pittsburgh

 

Notes

Montreal plays four games this week including three in four nights so look for Peter Budaj to play once instead of Carey Price.  Jaroslav Spacek has sat out the last two games with an upper body injury. Hal Gill is out and was hospitalized with a virus, will miss Saturday’s game as well and could miss games this week. P.K. Subban potted his first goal of the season on Wednesday. Andrei Markov finally practiced with the Canadiens for the first time this season Monday but his return to action from a knee injury suffered over a year ago is still unknown.

 

NASHVILLE

 

Games this week

vs. Edmonton, @ Minnesota, @ Detroit

 

Notes

The Predators are rested twice this week when they play tired opponents. On Tuesday, they face Edmonton after the Oilers are in Dallas Monday, while on Saturday they are rested and waiting for the Red Wings in Detroit after the Wings play in Boston on Friday. With Pekka Rinne under contract for the next seven years, the Predators will now try to get defenseman Ryan Suter to sign a long-term deal with the team. Blake Geoffrion has been a disappointment early in the season with only two assists and seven shots on goal in 18 games. Defensemen Jonathon Blum and Kevin Klein are minus-nine and eight respectively while the top pairing of Shea Weber and Ryan Suter are plus-18 and plus-15.

 

NEW JERSEY

 

Games this week

@ Florida, vs. Columbus, @ New York Islanders, vs. New York Islanders

 

Notes

The Devils play our times this week, including three games in four nights so look for Johan Hedberg to play at least once in place of Martin Brodeur.  New Jersey plays a home-and-home series with the Islanders so expect David Clarkson to add to his penalty minutes. Ilya Kovalchuk has finally returned from a groin injury after missing five games. He is a mainstay on the power play as he plays most, if not all, of the two minutes. Travis Zajac is progressing well from his achilles tendon surgery but there is no timetable for his return.  Patrik Elias had a seven game scoring streak halted on Tuesday but potted a goal and an assist Wednesday and now has seven goals and 17 points.  

 

 

 

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

 

Games this week

@ Pittsburgh , vs. Philadelphia, vs. New Jersey, @ New Jersey

 

Notes

The Islanders play four games this week including three in four nights so look for the three-headed monster of Al Montoya, Rick DiPietro and Evgeni Nabokov to see action unless one is traded (Nabokov) or injured (DiPietro).  Well apparently on Thursday night Nabokov proved me wrong as he suffered a groin injury. They play a home-and-home series versus New Jersey so look for Matt Martin and Travis Hamonic to see some fisticuff action in one or both games.  Kyle Okposo, the seventh overall selection in the 2006 draft, has been a healthy scratch the last two games as Nino Niederreiter was put into the lineup for the first time this season. Okposo has not scored in 14 games while 

Joshua Bailey, who was drafted ninth overall in the 2008 Draft scored his first goal of the season on November 10.

 

 

NEW YORK RANGERS

 

Games this week

@ Florida, @ Washington, vs. Philadelphia

 

Notes

The Rangers play three times in four days this week so expect Martin Biron to play once in place of Henrik Lundqvist. Marc Staal has yet to play this season as he has been suffering from a concussion that occurred last season, but it appears that a concussion specialist, Dr. Robert Cantu, has given him clearance to begin light workouts. His return is unknown at this time. Brandon Dubinsky has a goal and 10 points but his 47 penalty minutes make him a good fantasy player in most pools. Marian Gaborik leads the team with 15 points and Brad Richards is right behind with 13. Artem Anisimov has had a quiet goal and 10 points in 16 games thus far.

 

OTTAWA

 

Games this week

@ Pittsburgh, vs. Carolina

 

Notes

The Senators play only twice this week so we recommend benching all your Ottawa players with the exception of Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson. Karlsson has 17 assists and is tied for the lead in the NHL with Daniel Sedin. Nikita Filatov could go back to Russia as he was sent to the minors for the second straight year. GM Brian Murray will re-visit the situation at the end of the month and if Filatov is not back with the Senators, he could play for the Russian Central Red Army team. Milan Michalek has 11 goals in his first 19 games. Zenon Konopka has two goals and an assist with five shots on goal. Oh yeah, he also has 73 penalty minutes.


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