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Bobrovsky out of this World!

Friday, March 15, 2013


Sergei Bobrovsky has been unbelievable of late as he has carried the Columbus Blue Jackets out of the Western Conference basement with a 5-0-2 mark over the last seven games.

 

He was the player of the week for the week ending March 10 and has stopped 200 of the last 206 shots he has faced in the seven games.

 

The Blue Jackets gave up a second and a fourth round pick in the 2012 Draft and still have to give the Flyers a 2013 fourth rounder but after a slow start where he was sharing the net with Steve Mason, he has entrenched himself as the Blue Jackets number one goaltender.

 

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Now to The Week Ahead.

 

WEEK OF MARCH 18-24

 

5 Games - Vancouver

 

4 Games– Anaheim, Calgary, Colorado, Dallas, Florida, Los Angeles, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Tampa Bay, Washington, Winnipeg

 

3 Games –Buffalo, Boston, Carolina, Columbus, Detroit, Minnesota, Montreal, Nashville, New Jersey, Ottawa, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Jose, Toronto

 

2 Games - Chicago, Edmonton, Philadelphia

 

Florida and Washington play all four games on the road.

 

Anaheim, Los Angeles, the New York Islanders and Winnipeg play all four games at home.

 

Boston, Calgary, San Jose, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Vancouver play three games on the road this week.

 

Colorado and the New York Rangers play three games at home.

 

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INJURIES

 

Chris Kelly is out with a broken tibia. (Click here to see the rest of the injury list.)

 

 

ANAHEIM

 

Games this week

vs. San Jose, vs. Chicago, vs. Detroit, vs. Detroit

 

Notes

The Ducks play the Red Wings twice this week so look for Brad Staubitz and Matt Beleskey to partake in fisticuffs if the situation arises. Corey Perry will return to the Anaheim lineup for the first Detroit game as he will have finished his four game suspension for a hit to the head of the Wild's Jason Zucker. Viktor Fasth suffered an upper body injury so Jeff Deslauriers was recalled to back up Jonas Hiller. Consider Fasth day-to-day for now. Kyle Palmieri missed five games before his return from an upper body injury Thursday. Ryan Getzlaf has been on a tear of late with six goals and 19 points in his last ten games heading into Thursday's action.

 

BOSTON

 

Games this week

@ Winnipeg, @Ottawa, @ Toronto

 

Notes

The Bruins are in Canada for all three games this week. Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic have really been slumping of late with Horton having only a goal and three points in his last 11 games while Lucic has a goal in his last 14, albeit with seven assists. Their center David Krejci has only two goals in the same period with nine assists. Lucic has been a surprising minus-two in that span, and that is pretty bad on a very good Boston team. Chris Kelly is out of the lineup with a broken tibia. After a slow start in which he had two goals and three assists in 13 games (all in three games) to go with a plus-three rating and 14 minutes, Zdeno Chara now has six goals and 12 points with 39 penalty minutes and a plus-13 rating. Another slow starter, Tyler Seguin, now has 21 points in 24 games and is plus-18.

 

BUFFALO

 

Games this week

@ Montreal, vs. Toronto, @ Montreal

 

Notes

The Sabres will be rested on Thursday when they take on the Maple Leafs who play the Lightning at home Wednesday. Patrick Kaleta, Mike Weber and Steve Ott will likely pick up some penalty minutes as the Sabres play the Canadiens twice this week. Kaleta will finish his five game suspension on the 16th and will likely be ready to go against the Habs. The Sabres will likely be sellers come the trade deadline unless something drastic happens so it's possible Jason Pominville, Thomas Vanek and/or Ryan Miller could be on the block. Alexander Sulzer is out for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery. Marcus Foligno could be worth looking at if the Sabres throw in the towel. He potted a couple of goals after going 20 games without finding the back of the net.

 

CALGARY

 

Games this week

@ Dallas, @  Nashville, @ Columbus, vs. St. Louis

 

Notes

The Flames play three games in four nights so expect to see Joey MacDonald play at least once in place of Miikka Kiprusoff. The Flames will be tired on Friday when they take on Columbus after playing the Predators in Nashville Thursday.  They will be rested Sunday at home versus the Blues who are in Edmonton Saturday. Only two Flames are plus players, Matthew Stajan at plus-nine and Lee Stempniak at plus-six. The rest of the squad is on the wrong side of even. Jay Bouwmeester is finally scoring as he has five goals and 13 points this season after a rocky start to his career in Calgary as he had seasons of 29, 24 and 29 points respectively after coming over from Florida as a UFA after the 2008-09 season.

 

CAROLINA

 

Games this week

@ New York Rangers, vs. Florida, vs. New Jersey

 

Notes

The Hurricanes play three games in four nights  so look for Dan Ellis to get at least one start with Justin Peters also in the equation. The Hurricanes will be tired Tuesday when they host Florida after playing at Madison Square Garden Monday. Tuomo Ruutu needed hip surgery before the start of the season and it was thought he was gone for the entire regular season but he could return to practice as early as March 15. Get ready to pick him up in deeper leagues. Jussi Jokinen has moved up to the second unit alongside Jeff Skinner and Jordan Staal. Joni Pitkanen (lower body) has played in only one of Carolina's last 14 games but is skating and is close to a return.

           

CHICAGO

 

Games this week

@ Colorado, @ Anaheim

 

Notes
The Blackhawks have only two games this week for the second week in a row. They broke a two-game losing streak Thursday with a shootout win after starting the season 21-0-3. Jimmy Hayes was recalled on Tuesday and will start on a line with Patrick Kane and Dave Bolland. After the two game losing streak, the Blackhawks have reunited their third line of Viktor Stalberg, Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell. Steve Montador has passed through waivers and will play in the minors. He has not played since March 27, 2012 after suffering a concussion. Nick Leddy benefited from playing in the minors during the lockout and started the season with a goal and five points in his first six games but has only a goal and three assists in 21 games since.

  

COLORADO

 

Games this week

vs. Chicago, vs. Dallas, @ Dallas, vs. Vancouver

 

Notes

The Avalanche play a home-and-home series with the Stars so expect to see Cody McLeod, Patrick Bordeleau and Ryan O'Byrne to add to their minute totals as tempers should flare. They play four games this week but not three in four nights. Nevertheless, look for Jean-Sebastien Giguere play once this week. Milan Hejduk returned to action Thursday after missing five games with a shoulder injury. Tyson Barrie was the Avs best defenseman over 15 games but with Erik Johnson and Ryan Wilson back in action, they want Barrie to play and not sit in the press box so he will get a lot of ice time in Cleveland with the Lake Erie Monsters.

 

COLUMBUS

 

Games this week

vs. Nashville, vs. Calgary, @ Nashville

 

Notes

The Blue Jackets will be rested Friday when they host Calgary who take on the Predators in Nashville Thursday. They are the tired team on Saturday when they travel to Nashville who will be home and waiting for them. The Blue Jackets play the Predators twice this week so look for Jared Boll and Brandon Dubinsky to pick up some penalty minutes. Columbus is 5-0-2 in their last seven games as Sergei Bobrovsky has been outstanding giving up six goals in 206 shots with a GAA of only 0.84. Boone Jenner could see some NHL time as his Oshawa Generals have only two regular season games left and he should get recalled.

 

DALLAS

 

Games this week

vs. Calgary, @ Colorado, @ Los Angeles, vs. Colorado

 

Notes

The Stars play four times this week including three games in four nights so expect to see Richard Bachman to play once in place of Kari Lehtonen. The Stars play the Avs twice this week so look for Antoine Roussel and Brenden Dillon to add to their penalty minute totals. Dallas will be a tired team Thursday when they are in Los Angeles after playing in Colorado Wednesday. Jamie Benn suffered a wrist injury and is day-to-day. Forty-year-old Ray Whitney finally returned to action after missing 20 games with a broken foot and is currently on the second line with Derek Roy and Erik Cole. Aaron Rome (foot) is still out of the Dallas lineup.

 

DETROIT

 

Games this week

vs. Minnesota, @ Anaheim, @ Anaheim

 

Notes

The Red Wings are in Anaheim for back-to-back games so do not be surprised if Jordin Tootoo  adds to his penalty minutes. There is no change is the status of Todd Bertuzzi as he is still out with a back injury. The Red Wings are close to signing Jimmy Howard and Damien Brunner to multi-year contracts.  Brunner has not scored in his last eight games. After going 58:10 minutes on the power play without being on the ice for a goal, Valtteri Filppula scored in his first game back from shoulder surgery. Nicklas Kronwall has taken over nicely from the retired Nicklas Lidstrom on the power play as he has a goal and nine points with the man advantage.


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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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