Mike Finewax

The Week Ahead

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Phoenix not rising

Friday, January 20, 2012


 

It’s the shortest week of the schedule with the All-Star Game on Sunday in Ottawa. Montreal and Detroit finish the week on Wednesday with everyone else done by Tuesday at the latest, so players not in the All-Star game will get at least six days off as the schedule resumes on Tuesday the 31st.

 

I’m in Phoenix for the week and have gone to two games, seeing the Coyotes crush the Avalanche 6-1 on Martin Luther King Day and having a great time with my cousins Gabrielle and Jacob, then watching Detroit defeat the Coyotes 3-2 in a shootout and very exciting game Thursday. There were a lot of Detroit fans at the game Thursday and the whooping and hollering after their win in the hallways was something to behold.

 

 

Now to The Week Ahead.

 

WEEK OF JANUARY 23-29

 

2 Games –Columbus, Detroit, Edmonton, Nashville, New York Islanders, Ottawa, St. Louis, San Jose, Toronto, Winnipeg

 

1 Game – Anaheim, Boston, Buffalo, Calgary, Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Florida, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Montreal, New Jersey, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Washington

 

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INJURIES

 

Daymond Langkow suffered a facial injury on Thursday and is day-to-day.

 

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

 

ANAHEIM

 

Games this week

@ Dallas

 

Notes

Jonas Hiller had a terrific seven days last week, giving up only three goals in three games as the Ducks were victorious in two and lost in overtime 1-0 in the other. Bobby Ryan has been hot of late with seven points in his last seven games. Kyle Palmieri was sent to the minors and hopefully this will be the last time as he is close to sticking with the Ducks.   He has 31 points in 23 AHL games so it is just a matter of time until he sticks with the big club because the talent is obviously there. Jeff Deslauriers will continue to backup Hiller as Dan Ellis is gone for a month with a torn groin muscle. Ryan Getzlaf finally broke out with a four assist night on Sunday so hopefully he is once again ready to lead the Ducks.

 

BOSTON

 

Games this week

@ Washington

 

Notes

Joe Corvo has been in a slump of late with one assist in his last 11 games so he has been put on the third defensive pairing and is has averaged a little over 14 minutes in his last three games, while going minus-two. Coach Claude Julien called out Nathan Horton at the beginning of the week for his lack of shots on goal and Horton responded on Tuesday with a pair of goals. Brad Marchand returned to the Boston lineup on Thursday after serving his five game suspension for his hit on the Canucks Sami Salo. He was held off the scoresheet. Marc Savard is still battling post-concussion syndrome and it looks like his career is over.

 

BUFFALO

 

Games this week

@ New Jersey

 

Notes

Christian Ehrhoff (upper body) has begun practicing again and could return to the Buffalo lineup as early as January 21. Ryan Miller continues to struggle as he has an 11-14-2 record with a 3.16 GAA and a .897 save percentage. His GAA and save percentage are 43rd and 40th overall in the NHL and that is not good at all if you drafted him. There are only two Sabres in the plus column with Marc-Andre Gragnani at plus-11 and Nathan Gerbe at plus-three. Robyn Regehr is a team-worst minus-13.

 

CALGARY

 

Games this week

vs. San Jose

 

Notes

Calgary will be rested on Tuesday when they face a tired San Jose team who play in Edmonton the previous night. Curtis Glencross suffered a knee injury that will keep him on the sidelines until at least the All-Star break. Blake Comeau is having a terrible year and to get him going, the Flames have moved him up to the second line with Olli Jokinen and Glencross, at least until Glencross got hurt.  The Flames put Michael Cammalleri alongside Jarome Iginla on the first unit. Alex Tanguay (upper body) has not played since December 20 but has begun skating again. There is no timetable for his return. Brendan Morrison could return as early as January 21 from an upper body injury that has kept him on the shelf since January 5.

 

CAROLINA

 

Games this week

vs. Winnipeg

 

Notes

Joni Pitkanen (knee/concussion) is still not skating but the Hurricanes are happy with his progress. He opted for knee surgery in early January while suffering from the concussion and that will keep him out of the lineup until the beginning of February. He has been out of action since December 6 with the concussion. Cam Ward has been great of late, allowing two or less goals in his last six contests. Jeff Skinner returned to the lineup this past week after missing 16 games with a concussion. In his second game back, he took a hard shot from Brooks Orpik of the Penguins and was forced to the quiet room but was okay to go and returned to action later in the game.

 

CHICAGO

 

Games this week

vs. Nashville

 

Notes

The Blackhawks play Nashville on Tuesday for their only game of the week while the Predators will be tired as they are home to Columbus on Monday. It’s the second half of a back-to-back series with the Predators so look for Jamal Mayers, Steve Montador and/or John Scott to add to their penalty minute totals. Normally Daniel Carcillo would be on the list but a hit from behind on the Oilers’ Tom Gilbert netted him a seven game suspension and a season-ending knee injury. Ben Smith is back with the big team and will replace Carcillo on the roster. Patrick Sharp (wrist) will return after the All-Star break.  Andrew Shaw has taken full advantage of his opportunity with Chicago and has four goals in seven games.  

 

COLORADO

 

Games this week

vs. Minnesota

 

Notes

The Avalanche are a perfect 7-0 in shootouts this season and have won 10 in a row dating back to last year. They are only one game short of the record 11 straight held by the 2005-06 Dallas Stars who had an amazing year from Jussi Jokinen in the shootout that season. The Avs are also 18-1 in their last 19 shootouts. That is truly amazing. They are 12-for-20 this season in the shootout while Semyon Varlamov and Jean-Sebastien Giguere have given up only four goals in 22 shots. The Avs are 16-5-2 in one goal games, the best in the NHL. Matt Duchene (knee) has been out since December 29 and still has not started skating. Radek Martinek will not return this season because of post-concussion symptoms. He has been out of action since October 21.

 

COLUMBUS

 

Games this week

@ Nashville, @ Tampa Bay

 

Notes

The Blue Jackets will be tired when they play their last game before the All-Star break as they are in Tampa Bay to face a rested Lightning squad after playing in Nashville on Monday. Colton Gillies was claimed off waivers from Minnesota this past week and picked up an assist in his first game as a Blue Jacket, giving him three points on the season.  R.J. Umberger is on injured reserve with concussion-like symptoms suffered on January 10. Jeff Carter (separated shoulder) is scheduled to have an MRI on January 20. It is extremely unlikely that he will play before the All-Star break.

 

DALLAS

 

Games this week

vs. Anaheim

 

Notes

Mike Ribeiro has missed the last six games with a slight tear in his knee and will not return to action until after the break. Jamie Benn had an appendectomy and could miss the one game against Anaheim but should be good to go following the All-Star game. He has been the Stars top offensive threat and his absence has been sorely missed. With Ribeiro and Benn out of action, the Stars moved Steve Ott to center. Tomas Vincour has returned to action after missing a month with a torn MCL. Brenden Morrow snapped a 12 game goalless drought but has only eight goals in 40 games after scoring a career high 33 last season. Philip Larsen is due to play on January 20 after missing eight games with a concussion.

 

DETROIT

 

Games this week

vs. St. Louis, @ Montreal

 

Notes

It looks like the 2013 Winter Classic will be between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Ann Arbor Michigan, as the University of Michigan’s Stadium can hold 110,000 fans. That would set a new NHL record. Pavel Datsyuk had six assists in three games before being blanked on Tuesday but picked it right back up on Thursday with a couple of assists against Phoenix. The Red Wings set a franchise mark on Monday, winning their 15th straight at home with a 5-0 victory over Buffalo.  Nicklas Lidstrom continues to impress at age 41. The seven-time Norris Trophy winner has nine goals and 25 points this season with a plus-21 rating. Todd Bertuzzi is coming to life with four goals and six points in his last four games and now has 24 points to go with a plus-23 rating and 37 penalty minutes to give him lots of fantas value. Johan Franzen added a pair of assists on Thursday and now has 40 points in 47 games.


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Michael Finewax has been covering hockey since 2005 and is the Hockey Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter.
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