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Friday, March 15, 2013


 

PHILADELPHIA

 

Games this week

@ Tampa Bay, vs. Pittsburgh

 

Notes

The Flyers only play twice this week for the second week in a row. Keep Jakub Voracek in your lineup as he is one of, if not the hottest, players in the NHL with 13 goals and 31 points in 28 games thus far. Claude Giroux is also worth keeping in your lineup. Sean Couturier now understands what the sophomore jinx is all about. He has not scored in 20 games and hasn't picked up a point in his last 10, going minus-seven in the 10 game stretch. He has only two goals and seven points in 28 games this season but look for him to bounce back in 2013-14.  The Flyers recalled Michael Leighton from the minors and sent Brian Boucher down to the AHL at the same time.

 

PHOENIX

 

Games this week

@ Los Angeles, @ Los Angeles, vs. Vancouver

 

Notes

The Coyotes play three games in four nights this week and are off on the weekend. Look for Jason LaBarbera to get one start with Mike Smith getting two this week. The Coyotes play the Kings in back-to-back games in Los Angeles so there could be fisticuffs. If so, expect to see Kyle Chipchura involved and spending more than two minutes in the sin bin. Shane Doan leads the Coyotes in goals with nine. Radim Vrbata has missed the last 12 games with a broken foot but has started practicing and hopefully he is close to returning. Oliver Ekman-Larsson should receive some Norris Trophy consideration and at the tender age of 21, he is negotiating a long-term deal with the Coyotes. He is one of the top defensemen in the NHL and Sweden will have a tremendous defense for the next 10 years in Olympic play with both Ekman-Larsson and Erik Karlsson manning the back end.

 

PITTSBURGH

 

Games this week

vs. Washington, @ New York Islanders, @ Philadelphia

 

Notes

The Penguins are rested Friday when they play the Islanders who take on Montreal Thursday. Kris Letang has to be at the top of the Norris Trophy talk as the NHL passes the halfway point of the regular season as he has three goals and 27 points with a plus-12 rating. He has yet to score on the power play but has six assists. The great Sidney Crosby is the runaway leader for the Hart as he has 12 goals and 35 assists to go with a plus-20 rating, and is first in the NHL in assists and points while second in plus/minus. Evgeni Malkin is out with an upper body injury and Dustin Jeffrey is getting some second line playing time with James Neal and Beau Bennett.

 

ST. LOUIS

 

Games this week

@ Vancouver, @ Edmonton, @ Calgary

 

Notes

The Blues are in Western Canada for all three games this week. They are rested Tuesday when they face the Canucks who are home to the Wild Monday. The Blues will be the tired team in Calgary Sunday after traveling from Edmonton the previous night. Alexander Steen missed eight games with an upper body injury and returned with a vengeance as he had a goal and two assists Thursday. After scoring 15 goals and 15 assists in a full season last year, Chris Stewart has come back as well with 13 goals and 13 assists in 27 games. David Backes has only three goals this season but 16 assists. Jake Allen has won four in a row and is now 7-1.

 

SAN JOSE

 

Games this week

@ Anaheim, @ Edmonton, @ Minnesota

 

Notes

The Sharks play all three on the road this week.  It looks like Brent Burns likes playing forward. The blueliner had played in only six games before this past week because of a leg injury and was forced to play up front. He has responded with two goals and three points in two games and is worth picking up in all pools since he will have defense eligibility.  Ryane Clowe is goalless this season in 24 games but has nine assists including three in his last four games. Patrick Marleau scored the 400th goal of his NHL career this past week.

 

TAMPA BAY

 

Games this week

vs. Philadelphia, @ Toronto, @ Ottawa, @ Winnipeg

 

Notes

Tampa Bay will be tired on Sunday when they travel to Winnipeg after playing in Ottawa Saturday. Vincent Lecavalier has been placed the injured reserve with a lower body injury. He took a puck off his foot on Feb. 2 and suffered another injury Tuesday. The Lightning recalled Tyler Johnson to replace him. Steve Stamkos is the first player to 20 goals this season. The Lightning had high hopes when they acquired Anders Lindback in the off-season but he has been less than stellar this season with a 9-7-1 record to go with a .902 save percentage and a 2.93 GAA. Brian Lee may be the worst fantasy player in hockey with no points and a minus-13 rating. Martin St. Louis has 13 of his 36 points this season on the power play.

 

TORONTO

 

Games this week

vs. Tampa Bay, @ Buffalo, vs. Boston

 

Notes

The Maple Leafs play three games in four nights so expect to see Ben Scrivens play once in net for James Reimer. They will tired on Thursday when in Buffalo after being home Wednesday to Tampa Bay. Joffrey Lupul is ready to return to action after playing only three games before fracturing his forearm. Nazem Kadri is pointless in his last three games while Nikolai Kulemin has only one assist in his last eight games. Mike Kostka was a healthy scratch Thursday for the first time this season as John-Michael Liles drew back in the lineup for his puck-handling skills for the first time in 13 games. Phil Kessel has five goals and 10 points in his last six games.

 

VANCOUVER

 

Games this week

vs. Minnesota, vs. St. Louis, @ Phoenix, @ Los Angeles, @ Colorado

 

Notes

The Canucks play five times this week so you have to expect both Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider will each play at least twice with the fifth game up for grabs. The Canucks will be tired Tuesday when they host St. Louis after hosting the Wild on Monday. With Vancouver playing five times this week, stock up on your Canucks in pools with weekly transactions. Kevin Bieksa returned to the Vancouver lineup on Thursday after missing seven of the previous eight games with a groin injury. Andrew Ebbett was recalled to replace Jordan Schroeder who was sent to the minors and Ebbett excelled in his second game with a goal and three points.

 

WASHINGTON

 

Games this week

@ Pittsburgh, @ Winnipeg, @ Winnipeg, @ New York Rangers

 

Notes

The Capitals play three games in four nights this week so expect to see Michal Neuvirth play once in place of Braden Holtby. They take on the Jets in Winnipeg twice this week so look for Matt Henricks and the recently acquired Aaron Volpatti to spend some time in the sin bin. Alex Ovechkin has five goals and 12 points in his last 10 games and had a goal and an assist Thursday after going three games without a point. Brooks Laich started skating again on Tuesday after not being able to since Feb. 16. He has not played in the NHL since May 16, 2012 as he suffered a groin injury playing in Europe during the lockout.

 

 WINNIPEG

 

Games this week

vs. Boston, vs. Washington, vs. Washington, vs. Tampa Bay

 

Notes

The Jets play three games in four nights this week so look for Al Montoya to take at least one start away from Ondrej Pavelec.  Winnipeg plays Washington twice this week so it is likely that Chris Thorburn will get into a fight or two along the way. The Jets will be rested on Sunday when they face Tampa Bay after the Lighting are in Ottawa Saturday. Dustin Byfuglien has been heating up with five assists in his last two games to give him four goals and 16 points in 22 games. Tobias Enstrom skated on Thursday for the first time since injuring his shoulder on Feb. 15. There is still no timetable for his return.



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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