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Five Games for the Bruins!

Friday, January 13, 2012


 

EDMONTON

 

Games this week

@ Columbus, @ St. Louis, vs. Calgary

 

Notes

Jordan Eberle will miss the next two-three weeks with a knee injury. It cost him an All-Star spot as the Oilers were informed that both Eberle and the injured Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would have made a team. Tom Gilbert will be out a month with a knee injury suffered when hit from behind by the Blackhawks Daniel Carcillo. Edmonton has been impressed with the play of 28-year-old Corey Potter, so much so that they rewarded the rookie with a two-year, one-way contract. Magnus Pajaarvi had a goal and nine points in 10 AHL games and was recalled by the Oilers.

 

FLORIDA

 

Games this week

vs. Boston, @ Colorado, @ Chicago, @ Winnipeg

 

Notes

The Panthers play four times this week, including three games in four nights so Jose Theodore should be back and ready to share the net with Scott Clemmensen. Theodore suffered a knee injury while call up Jacob Markstrom also suffered a knee injury, forcing the recall of Brian Foster to back up Clemmensen this past week. Florida will be tired on Saturday when they face the rested Jets as the Panthers play in Chicago Friday. Brian Campbell returns to Chicago for the first time since his off-season trade from the Windy City. Kris Versteeg has 39 points in 41 games this season but only two points in his last seven games. Marco Sturm has missed a month of action with a concussion and has yet to even start skating.

  

LOS ANGELES

 

Games this week

@ Vancouver, vs. Calgary, vs. Colorado

 

Notes

Slava Voynov returned to the Kings blueline after missing four games with an upper body injury. Simon Gagne could miss the rest of the season with his latest concussion and his career could be in doubt as well. In the freakiest of accidents, Dustin Penner missed a game with back spasms. It happened when he reached for a stack of pancakes at breakfast. Needless to say, the incident has made the papers everywhere, but Penner has been a good sport about it.

 

MINNESOTA

 

Games this week

@ Philadelphia, @ Toronto, @ Dallas

 

Notes

The Wild will be rested on Saturday when they play the Stars who will be tired after playing Tampa Bay the previous night. Devin Setoguchi was benched for one game this past week as he overslept and missed a team meeting. He responded by scoring on Thursday for his ninth goal of the season. Pierre-Marc Bouchard is out of action with yet another concussion but does not think his career is in jeopardy. He also has a groin injury but obviously it is the concussion that is the major concern. Marco Scandella was sent to the minors after going minus-nine his last eight games. Coach Mike Yeo said that Scandella was afraid to make a mistake so a stint in the AHL should help his confidence.

 

MONTREAL

 

Games this week

vs. Washington, @ Pittsburgh, @ Toronto

 

Notes

The Canadiens play three games in four nights so expect to see Peter Budaj between the pipes once instead of Carey Price. The Habs are the tired team once this week and are rested on the other two nights while their opponent are tired. They are rested on Wednesday and Friday when they take on a tired Washington and Pittsburgh squad as Washington play the Islanders on Tuesday while the Penguins take on the Rangers in New York Thursday. They are the tired team Saturday when facing Toronto at the Air Canada Centre after playing the Penguins Friday. The Canadiens dealt Michael Cammalleri to Calgary one day after Cammalleri blasted his teammates as playing like ‘losers’. Brian Gionta is out after requiring surgery to repair a tear in his bicep, while Scott Gomez is close to returning.

 

NASHVILLE

 

Games this week

@ New York Islanders, @ New York Rangers, @ Columbus, vs. Chicago

 

Notes

The Predators play four games this week including three in four so look for Pekka Rinne to get one night off. The Predators recalled Jeremy Smith from the minors and sent Anders Lindback to Milwaukee of the AHL to give Lindback some playing time but if Rinne is to get a night off, Nashville could recall Lindback to get the start. They are a tired team on Tuesday when facing the rested New York Rangers after playing the Islanders the day before. Ryan Ellis may be up in the NHL for only a short time but has shown his offensive flair from the blueline. The Predators are in contract talks with UFA to be Ryan Suter but would have no problem trading him if they determine he is unsignable.

 

NEW JERSEY

 

Games this week

vs. Winnipeg, vs. Boston, vs. Philadelphia

 

Notes

The Devils start a six game home stand with all three games at home this week. They are the rested team Tuesday when Winnipeg comes to town after the Jets are in Ottawa Monday. Travis Zajac is still having some problems with his Achilles tendon as he had off-season surgery to repair the original damage and will be rested for the next two weeks. Adam Henrique is a Calder Trophy contender who keeps on getting better and better. He has 13 goals and 34 points and sits just one point away from the injured Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for the point lead among rookies. Zach Parise can become a UFA in July so his name will continue to pop up in trade talks.

 

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

 

Games this week

vs. Nashville, @ Washington, @ Philadelphia, vs. Carolina

 

Notes

The Islanders play four times this week including three games in four nights so look for Evegni Nabokov and whoever is backing him up to share the net. Nabokov has started the last 10 games as Rick DiPietro and Al Montoya are disabled due to a groin and concussion injury respectively. Kevin Poulin is now the back up as he replaced Anders Nilsson on the bench this past week. The Islanders will be the tired team on Tuesday in Washington after playing Nashville Monday while they will be rested on Saturday against a tired Hurricanes team who face the Capitals Friday.  Matt Moulson continues his hot play as he now has 37 points in 41 games including 20 goals.

 

NEW YORK RANGERS

 

Games this week

vs. Nashville, vs. Pittsburgh, @ Boston

 

Notes

The Rangers are rested on Tuesday when they play a tired team from Nashville who are on Long Island Monday. Erik Christensen was sent to the minors on a conditioning stint as he has been a healthy scratch since December 17. Marc Staal is rounding into form after missing almost three months of the season with a concussion. Brandon Prust leads the Rangers in penalty minutes with Brandon Dubinsky second.

 

OTTAWA

 

Games this week

vs. Winnipeg, @ Toronto, @ San Jose, @ Anaheim

 

Notes

The Senators play three games in four nights as part of their four game schedule. Alexander Auld will likely get one start for the surprising Senators with Craig Anderson playing three times. The Senators have been the hottest team in the NHL of late and are now in a playoff spot in the East. They are tired on Tuesday when they face their rivals from Toronto after playing the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. Erik Karlsson caused his fantasy owners a little panic as he was a late scratch on Tuesday due to a lower body injury but he was back in the lineup on Thursday. Jason Spezza is among the scoring leaders as he is tied for seventh with 46 points including 18 goals. 

 


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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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