Mike Finewax

The Week Ahead

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New York is not home

Friday, March 22, 2013


The New York area teams (Rangers, Islanders and Devils) are away from home all week and we cannot remember when there has not been a regular season week in which the New York area was blanked.

 

Next week I'm going to give everyone each team's final three weeks of total games to give everyone in Yahoo! pools the chance to trade for players who will see a lot of action down the stretch.

 

Catch me on Google+Hangout this Thursday with NHL.com's Matt Cubeta, Chris Foster Pete Jensen, Brian Metzer and Matthew Sitkoff for our regular fantasy chat. You can watch the archives of the chats by clicking here or by going to NHL.com Fantasy and then clicking on Fantasy Hangouts.

 

You can still purchase the Season Pass if you haven't done so already.

 

Now to The Week Ahead.

 

WEEK OF MARCH 25-31

 

4 Games– Anaheim, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Columbus, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Jose, Toronto

 

3 Games – Calgary, Carolina, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Florida, Montreal, Nashville, New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers,  Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Vancouver,

Washington, Winnipeg

 

2 Games - St. Louis, Tampa Bay

 

Philadelphia plays all four games at home.

 

Los Angeles plays all four games on the road.

 

Anaheim, Columbus, New Jersey, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers and Phoenix play three games on the road.

 

Chicago, Dallas, Ottawa, Pittsburgh and San Jose play three games at home.

 

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INJURIES

 

Ryan Malone was placed on the injured reserve list after suffering a shoulder injury on Monday. (Click here to see the rest of the injury list.)

 

 

ANAHEIM

 

Games this week

vs. San Jose, @ San Jose, @ Chicago, @ Columbus

 

Notes

The Ducks play the Sharks twice this week so look for Brad Staubitz and Matt Beleskey to partake in fisticuffs if the situation arises. Looks like Jonas Hiller has regained his spot as the Ducks top netminder as he has started six of the last seven games as well as seven of the last nine. Viktor Fasth remains a more than capable backup. Corey Perry signed an eight-year contract with the Ducks so they have both their superstars (Ryan Getzlaf being the other one) under contract for eight years. Teemu Selanne is so happy with the signings, he could return for another season. The Ducks have won 13 in a row at home after beating the Blackhawks Wednesday.

 

BOSTON

 

Games this week

vs. Toronto, vs. Montreal, @ Philadelphia, @ Buffalo

 

Notes

The Bruins are rested when they host Montreal on Wednesday as the Canadiens will be the tired team after playing in Pittsburgh Tuesday.  Adam McQuaid is out three-four weeks with a shoulder strain. Tuukka Rask continues to impress in net with a 14-4-3 record with a 1.92 GAA and a .928 save percentage but backup Anton Khodobin has been pretty good too with a 6-2 mark to go with a 2.14 GAA and a .925 save percentage. Brad Marchand has only two goals but eight assists in his last 11 games. David Krejci is day-to-day with a leg injury and Ryan Spooner saw action in his place on the second line with Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic.

                                          

BUFFALO

 

Games this week

@ Tampa Bay, @ Florida, vs. Washington, vs. Boston

 

Notes

The Sabres play four times this week including three games in four nights so expect to see Jhonas Enroth play at least once in place of Ryan Miller. Nathan Gerbe was highly regarded coming into this season but has struggled and has been a healthy scratch the last two games. Thomas Vanek is day-to-day with a lower body injury. Some controversy in Buffalo as Miller called out Patrick Kaleta for complaining that he was a healthy scratch. Miller said that Kaleta had to 'grow up'.  The two have patched up their differences. Ville Leino has three assists in his four games after returning from a hip injury that had kept him out of action all season.

 

 

CALGARY

 

Games this week

@ Chicago, vs. Colorado, vs. Columbus

 

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 Wednesday when they take on Colorado after playing the Blackhawks in Chicago Tuesday.  They will be rested Friday at home versus the Blue Jackets who are in Edmonton Thursday as well as Tuesday in Chicago as the Blackhawks play the Kings Monday. Rumors persist that Jarome Iginla will be dealt elsewhere but he will have to waive his no trade contract if the Flames decide to deal him. The Flames have lost seven in a row on the road, a major reason why they are unlikely to make the playoffs.

 

CAROLINA

 

Games this week

vs. Winnipeg, @ Toronto, @ Winnipeg

 

Notes

The Hurricanes play the Jets twice this week so look for Jay Harrison to get involved if there is any rough stuff. Tuomo Ruutu returned on Thursday after undergoing surgery on his hip in December. If the Hurricanes do not make the playoffs, it will be because of their porous power play which ranks 29th overall. Justin Faulk, the highly regarded sophomore defenseman, is out two-to-four weeks with a lower body injury. Eric Staal, Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty have been outstanding in the plus/minus department with a plus-19 and two plus-18's respectively.   Dan Ellis is 4-5-1 with a 2.65 GAA and a .918 save percentage and has played well in relief of the injured Cam Ward but will miss this week with a cut above his knee.

           

CHICAGO

 

Games this week

vs. Los Angeles, vs. Calgary, vs. Anaheim, @ Detroit

 

Notes
The Blackhawks will be tired on Tuesday at home to the Flames as they take on the Kings Monday. Marian Hossa is day-to-day with an upper body injury. Marcus Kruger is playing very well centering the fourth line after playing some on the second line last season. Daniel Carcillo played Wednesday after being a healthy scratch in the three previous games. Seven Blackhawks have plus/minus ratings over plus-10 including Jonathan Toews who leads the team with a plus-17. Ray Emery is a perfect 11-0 this season.

  

COLORADO

 

Games this week

@ Calgary, @ Vancouver, vs. Nashville

 

Notes

The Avs three in four nights and we should expect to see Jean-Sebastien Giguere play once this week in place of Semyon Varlamov. The Avs are rested Wednesday against the Flames after Calgary take on Chicago Tuesday. They are then the tired team Thursday in Vancouver. It appeared that Tyson Barrie was going to be recalled by the Avalanche but a hip injury in the minors precluded that and Colorado recalled Stefan Elliott instead to bolster a sagging defense. Milan Hejduk scored the 375th goal of his career, tying him with Trevor Linden and Butch Goring for 104th overall in the NHL record book.

 

COLUMBUS

 

Games this week

@ Vancouver, @ Edmonton, @ Calgary, vs. Anaheim

 

Notes

The Blue Jackets will be tired Friday when they are in Calgary after playing the Oilers in Edmonton Thursday. Columbus plays three games in four nights as part of a four game week so do not be surprised if Steve Mason finally gets a start in place of the white-hot Sergei Bobrovsky. The surprising Blue Jackets were forecast by just about everyone to have the worst team in the NHL but are on an 11 game points streak and fighting for a playoff spot. Bobrovsky was named the NHL's third star of the week, the second week in a row that he was a star of the week. Ryan Murray, the second overall pick in the 2012 Draft is slowly recovering from shoulder surgery in January. He is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in September.

 

DALLAS

 

Games this week

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

 

Notes

The Stars play the Wild twice this week, with both games at home, so look for Antoine Roussel and Brenden Dillon to add to their penalty minute totals. Dallas will be the rested team Sunday when they are home to the Kings who face the Wild in Minnesota Saturday. Jack Campbell, the Stars first pick, 11th overall in the 2010 Draft, was recalled to back up Kari Lehtonen while Richard Bachman was sent to the minors. Both Alex Goligoski and Stephane Robidas have yet to score this season and have 15 and 10 assists respectively. It's hard to believe but 41-year-old Jaromir Jagr leads the Stars in goals with 12 and points with 22.

 

DETROIT

 

Games this week

@ Phoenix, @ San Jose, vs. Chicago

 

Notes

The Red Wings are the tired team Monday when they are in Phoenix after playing the Ducks in Anaheim Sunday. Damien Brunner has not scored in 11 games, and has only four assists in that time frame. The news on Todd Bertuzzi is not good. He has not played since February 7 because of a bad back and tried to skate earlier in the week but had to quit after five minutes as his back is not strong enough. Kyle Quincey is out four-six weeks with a fractured cheekbone. Niklas Kronwall has five goals and 22 points in 30 games season with half his points coming on the power play.


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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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