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Friday, February 15, 2013


 

EDMONTON

 

Games this week

vs. Los Angeles, vs. Minnesota, vs. Phoenix

 

Notes

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has not scored in his last 24 NHL games. Both Ryan Smyth and Ryan Whitney have been healthy scratches this past week and while Smyth did not say much, Whitney is frustrated with his lack of playing time. Taylor Hall has 12 points in 13 games this season. Ryan Jones is still a few weeks away from returning to action after taking a puck to his eye training before the lockout ended. Now that we are finished talking about all the Ryans that are members of the Oilers, Nail Yakupov has five goals and three assists in 13 games but is pointless in his last three.

 

FLORIDA

 

Games this week

vs. Toronto, @ Philadelphia, @ Pittsburgh, vs. Boston

 

Notes

The Panthers play three games in four nights so you have to think that Scott Clemmensen will get into at least one game in place of Jose Theodore. The Panthers are rested Thursday when they face the Flyers who take on Pittsburgh Wednesday and Florida will be tired the next day in Pittsburgh. Peter Mueller played alongside Drew Shore and Jonathan Huberdeau on Wednesday and the troika combined for three goals and six points. There is an uproar in Florida to recall Jakub Markstrom and give him the starting gig but coach Kevin Dineen is staying the course with Jose Theodore and Scott Clemmensen. Kris Versteeg is out with an upper body injury.

 

LOS ANGELES

 

Games this week

@ Edmonton, @ Calgary, vs. Colorado

 

Notes

The Kings are the tired team on Wednesday in Calgary after playing in Edmonton the night before.  As I stated last week, Slava Voynov has been outperforming Drew Doughty and it continued this past week as Voynov is now up to six points in 11 games including five in his last five and is a plus-seven while Doughty is a minus-10, the worst in the NHL and has only four assists this season. The Kings are hurting on the blueline as Willie Mitchell could be out for the remainder of the season with his knee woes while Alec Martinez is out with an upper body injury. Don’t forget that the Kings lost Matt Greene earlier with a back injury that should keep him on the shelf for the rest of the regular season.

 

MINNESOTA

 

Games this week

@ Edmonton, @ Calgary

 

Notes

The Wild only play twice this week with both games in the province of Alberta. After picking up just two assists in nine games, Devin Setoguchi has two goals and an assist in his last three games with both goals coming on the power play. If you are in a keeper pool, it may be a good time to buy low on Mikael Granlund who has only five points in 13 games. He is going to be a stud but is currently struggling as a rookie. Dany Heatley moved back to the top line on Tuesday, alongside Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise. Heatley had gone eight games without a point but picked up a couple of assists Thursday against the Avs.

 

MONTREAL

           

Games this week

vs. Carolina, @ New York Rangers, vs. New York Islanders, vs. New York Rangers

 

Notes

The Canadiens are the tired team Tuesday when they are in New York to take on the Rangers after playing at home on Monday against the Hurricanes. Montreal plays the Rangers twice this week so look for Brandon Prust to go after his former teammates and pick up some penalty minutes. The Habs play three games in four nights so look for Peter Budaj to get one start in place of Carey Price. Fantasy fans cannot complain about the start of P.K. Subban who has six points including three goals since returning seven games ago. Tomas Plekanec leads the Habs with six goals and 11 points while Max Pacioretty has been held goalless this season but does have six assists.

 

NASHVILLE

 

Games this week

@ Colorado, vs. Detroit, vs. Vancouver, @ Detroit

 

Notes

The Predators are the tired team twice this week while getting a break as the rested team once. They are tired both times they face the Red Wings, once after facing Colorado and then Saturday after playing Vancouver. They are rested Friday when they take on Vancouver who play in Dallas Thursday. The Predators face the Red Wings twice, so Richard Clune should be able to add to his penalty minute totals. Colin Wilson leads the Predators with eight points thus far. Patrick Hornqvist could return by the end of the week after suffering a knee injury on January 26. Mike Fisher has a goal and an assist in the last 12 games.

 

NEW JERSEY

 

Games this week

vs. Ottawa, @ Washington, @ Washington, vs. Winnipeg

 

Notes

The Devils play three games in four nights so you have to expect that Johan Hedberg will play once in place of Martin Brodeur. The Devils play back-to-back games in Washington this week and expect to see Krys Barch and David Clarkson engage in fisticuffs with some members of the Capitals.  Dainius Zubrus is out four-six weeks after wrist surgery. The Devils re-acquired Alexei Ponikarovsky and sent Andrei Loktionov to the minors after a quick recall. Ilya Kovalchuk has three goals and six points in his last four games as he is breaking loose after an early season slump. After scoring a goal in his first two games of the season, Travis Zajac has only one assist in his last 11 games.

 

 

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

 

Games this week

vs. Philadelphia, @ Ottawa, @ Montreal, @ Buffalo, vs. Carolina

 

Notes

New York plays five games this week so I suggest keeping all your Islanders in the lineup. Evgeni Nabokov will likely play at least three games with Rick DiPietro seeing the rest of the action. John Tavares is hot as he has eight goals this season including one in each of his last four games. Joshua Bailey returned to action for the first time this season after suffering a knee injury in Europe during the lockout. Lubomir Visnovsky has returned to action after staying in the Czech Republic as his son required surgery. He has three assists in three games and should be taken off the waiver wire in most pools.

 

NEW YORK RANGERS

 

Games this week

vs. Montreal, @ Ottawa, @ Montreal

 

Notes

The Rangers are rested Tuesday when they face the Canadiens who host Carolina Monday. They play Montreal twice this week and Stu Bickel could return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch the last four games. The newly acquired Darroll Powe could also see his penalty minute total rise. Defenseman Steve Eminger was sent to the minors on a conditioning stint. Ryan Callahan is one of four Rangers with a minus rating and has three goals and an assist in 10 games. Henrik Lundqvist is 6-5 this season with a 2.48 GAA and a .912 save percentage and has turned things around after a slow start as he has given up five goals in his last three games on 88 shots.

 

OTTAWA     

 

Games this week

@ New Jersey, vs. New York Islanders, vs. New York Rangers, vs. Toronto

 

Notes

The Senators play three games in four nights so we will likely see Ben Bishop at least once in place of Craig Anderson. Erik Karlsson will miss three-four months after his Achilles tendon was cut by the skate of Matt Cooke. Hopefully the good news was that it was a clear tear. Kevin Bieksa had a similar injury a couple of years ago (Bieksa’s was severed 90 percent while Karlsson’s Achilles tendon was 70 percent severed) and he returned in just under four months. Mika Zibanejad centered Milan Michalek and Daniel Alfredsson in practice this week but Michalek is now out with a lower body injury. Karlsson and Eric Condra lead the Sens with a plus-six rating.


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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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