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Five Games for the Bruins!

Friday, January 13, 2012


 

The Boston Bruins play five times this week, the first time a team has played five times in a Monday-Sunday week since last season when the St. Louis Blues played five times during the week of February 21-27.

 

The difference was that one of the games was re-scheduled due to weather as the Blues were slated to meet Colorado.

 

This week’s quirk is the first five game scheduled week since March 3-9, 2008 and it was the Bruins again, although then they had three home games and two away rather than the four away games this week.

 

At the other end of the spectrum, the Vancouver Canucks, the Bruins opponents in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, play only twice so if you have similar players on both teams, the choice is easy.

Now to The Week Ahead.

 

WEEK OF JANUARY 16-22

 

5 Games- Boston

 

4 Games – Buffalo, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit,  Florida, Nashville, New York Islanders, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Washington, Winnipeg

 

3 Games - Anaheim, Calgary, Carolina, Chicago, Columbus, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Montreal, New Jersey, New York Rangers, St. Louis, San Jose, Tampa Bay, Toronto

 

2 Games – Vancouver

 

 

Boston and Buffalo play four games away from home this week.

 

Anaheim, Dallas, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, St, Louis and Toronto play three games at home this week.

 

Calgary, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota¸ Nashville, Ottawa and Washington play three times away from home this week.

 

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INJURIES

 

Jordan Staal suffered a torn knee ligament and is out  four-six weeks.

 

 (Click here to see the rest of the injury list.)

 

ANAHEIM

 

Games this week

vs. Phoenix, vs. Ottawa, vs. Colorado

 

Notes

The Ducks lost both their goaltenders last weekend when Dan Ellis and then Jonas Hiller went down. Anaheim first called up Iiro Tarkki and he was forced into action when Hiller down on Sunday. He gave up three goals on only nine shots but got the win in a 7-4 Anaheim victory. The Ducks then recalled Jeff Deslauriers from the minors and gave him the start Tuesday in a 5-2 win. Hiller returned to action on Thursday,while the Ducks sent Tarkki back to the minors. Saku Koivu picked up his second career hat trick in the 5-2 win while Teemu Selanne scored the 650th goal of his illustrious career in the same game. Rumors are still abound that Bobby Ryan is the likeliest Duck star to be moved.

 

BOSTON

 

Games this week

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

 

Notes

It will be a busy week for the Bruins as we mentioned up top, with the five game sked. Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask will split the net with Rask likely getting two games. The Bruins will be a tired team on Tuesday when they face a rested Lightning team in Tampa Bay after playing the Panthers across the state of Florida Monday. A little controversy in the Vancouver-Boston game on Saturday as Brad Marchand low bridged Sami Salo and picked up a five game suspension as a result. Salo will likely be gone longer than that with a concussion. Shawn Thornton has fantasy relevance in pools that use penalty minutes as a category. He has eight points including four goals and has spent 74 minutes in the sin bin.

 

BUFFALO

 

Games this week

@ Detroit, @ Chicago, @ Winnipeg, @ St. Louis

 

Notes

The Sabres play all four games on the road this week and play three games in four nights so expect to see Jhonas Enroth between the pipes at least once in place of Ryan Miller, who has struggled this season. The Sabres will be tired on Thursday when they play a rested Winnipeg team in the Manitoba capital after playing in Chicago on Wednesday night. Trade rumors are swirling around Derek Roy at this time. Christian Ehrhoff (upper body) should return this week. Derek Roy was scheduled to return to action on Friday after missing a couple of games. Thomas Vanek left Tuesday’s game early with a bout of food poisoning. If he is unable to play Friday, Luke Adam will take his spot on the top line alongside Jochen Hecht and Jason Pominville.

 

CALGARY

 

Games this week

@ San Jose, @ Los Angeles, @ Edmonton

 

Notes

The Flames are back on the road for three this week. It’s unbelievable but defenseman Mark Giordano is back after it was thought he would be out the rest of the season with a ruptured tendon in his leg. Jarome Iginla hit the 500 goal mark for his career on Saturday, becoming only the 42nd NHL player to do so. The Flames top line consists of Iginla, Olli Jokinen and Curtis Glencross and they have been flying of late. Glencross has 18 goals and 33 points in 42 games including six goals on the power play.  The Flames made a nice trade for themselves on Thursday, dealing Rene Bourque to Montreal and re-acquiring Michael Cammalleri, who had 80 points for them in his one season in Calgary.

 

CAROLINA

 

Games this week

@ Pittsburgh, vs. Washington, @ New York Islanders

 

Notes

Carolina will be tired on Saturday when they face the rested Islanders in New York after playing Washington Friday. The Hurricanes are at the bottom of the NHL standings and should be sellers as the trade deadline approaches. There could be great news on the weekend as Jeff Skinner is expected to return from his concussion after missing 15 games. Staal has 10 goals and 33 points but even a plus-three on Thursday only lowered his plus/minus to a still horrid minus-22.

 

CHICAGO

 

Games this week

vs. Buffalo, vs. Florida, @ Nashville

 

Notes

The Blackhawks play three games in four nights so expect to see Ray Emery play once in place of Corey Crawford. Viktor Stalberg loves playing against the Columbus Blue Jackets as seven of his 11 goals this season have come against the club. Daniel Carcillo could need surgery on his knee. Patrick Sharp will miss the next three-four weeks with a wrist injury and that can only help rookie Jimmy Hayes in his quest to stay in the Chicago lineup. Hayes took a big step on Thursday with a power play goal and an assist and now has four points in seven games. Jonathan Toews has 23 goals this season to lead the Blackhawks.

 

COLORADO

 

Games this week

@ Phoenix, vs. Florida, @ Los Angeles, @ Anaheim

 

Notes

Colorado plays four times this week but not three in four nights. Nevertheless, look for Semyon Varlamov and Jean-Sebastien Giguere to share the net, a system that has worked great for the Avalanche since the beginning of December. Peter Mueller was taken off the injured reserve list after missing all but three games this season with a concussion that forced him to sit out all last year. Cody McLeod hit the 100 mark in penalty minutes for the fifth consecutive year on Thursday. He is obviously worth owning in pools that use PIMs as a category.

 

COLUMBUS

 

Games this week

vs. Edmonton, vs. Nashville, @ Detroit

 

Notes

The Blue Jackets fired coach Scott Arniel on Monday and replaced him with former Minnesota head coach Todd Richards on an interim basis. Jeff Carter is out after separating his shoulder on Sunday. Goaltender Mark Dekanich finally got into a game this past week in the AHL, his first action on the ice since last season as he has been fighting hip and groin injuries. He could be recalled soon and it could be bad news for Steve Mason once he does return. Rick Nash has only 14 goals and 29 points and has little fantasy value if plus/minus is a category in your pool as he is minus-22.

 

DALLAS

 

Games this week

@ St. Louis, vs. Detroit, vs. Tampa Bay, vs. Minnesota

 

Notes

Dallas plays four times this week but not three games in four nights but expect to see Richard Bachman play once in place of Kari Lehtonen. The Stars will be a tired team on Saturday when they face a rested Wild team who will likely be in the stands to watch Dallas play Tampa Bay the previous night. Mike Ribeiro is out with a slight tear in his right MCL. Sheldon Souray returned to action on Tuesday after missing a couple of weeks with an ankle injury. Jamie Benn was the NHL’s first star of the week with four goals and seven points in three games but was disappointed on Thursday when the Stars sent his older brother Jordie back to the minors.

 

DETROIT

 

Games this week

vs. Buffalo, @ Dallas, @ Phoenix, vs. Columbus

 

Notes

The Red Wings play four times this week including three games in four nights so Ty Conklin should get one start with Jimmy Howard playing in the other three. They will be rested on Thursday when they play in Phoenix while the Coyotes are in Anaheim Wednesday to play the Ducks. Jan Mursak was recalled after playing six games in the AHL. It was thought that Mursak would make the team out of training camp but a fractured ankle halted that thought. He replaced Todd Bertuzzi in the lineup after Bertuzzi suffered a lower body injury. Johan Franzen has 17 goals and 37 points in 43 games.


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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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