Mike Finewax

The Week Ahead

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Yahoo! Playoffs coming up

Friday, March 29, 2013


Yahoo! hockey pools will start their playoffs on April 8th so I thought I would give everyone a heads up on each team's remaining games in this column so they can make deals in conjunction with the NHL trade deadline of April 3.

 

11 Games - Boston (4,4,3) Calgary, (4,4,3) Carolina (4,4,3)  St. Louis (4,4,3)

 

10 Games- Chicago (3,3,4) Colorado (4,3,3) Dallas (3,4,3) Edmonton (3,3,4) Minnesota (3,4,3) Montreal (3,4,3) New York Rangers (3,4,3) Ottawa (3,4,3) Philadelphia (3,4,3) Phoenix (3,3,4) San Jose (3,4,3) Tampa Bay (4,3,3) Toronto (3,4,3) Vancouver (3,4,3)

 

9 Games- Anaheim (3,3,3) Buffalo (4,3,2) Columbus (3,4,2) Detroit (3,4,2)  Florida (2,3,4) Los Angeles (3,3,3) New Jersey (2,4,3) New York Islanders (3,3,3) Pittsburgh (3,3,3) Washington (3,3,3)

 

8 Games- Nashville (3,2,3) Winnipeg (2,3,3)

 

You can certainly benefit if you can deal someone on Nashville or Winnipeg and pick up a similar talent on Boston, Calgary, Carolina or St. Louis and pick up three extra games.

 

Congratulations are in order to my first cousin Paul Wernick who co-wrote GI Joe: Retaliation, out in theaters now. Click here for the trailer.

 

I'll be on Google+Hangout Thursday with NHL.com's  Matt Cubeta, Chris Foster, Pete Jensen, Brian Metzer and Matthew Sitkoff for our regular fantasy chat as we will be taking questions on the previous day's trade deadline or any fantasy questions you may have. Please ask your questions on twitter with the hashtag #NHLHangout. You can also ask your questions on Google+. You can watch archives of the chat by clicking here.  

 

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Now to The Week Ahead.

 

WEEK OF APRIL 1-7

 

5 Games - Nashville

 

4 Games– Anaheim, Calgary, Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Montreal, , New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, St. Louis, San Jose, Tampa Bay, Washington, Winnipeg

 

3 Games – Boston, Buffalo, Columbus, Florida, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Vancouver

 

2 Games - Toronto

 

 

San Jose plays all four games at home.

 

Calgary, Colorado, Dallas, Edmonton, Minnesota, Ottawa, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Winnipeg play three games on the road this week.

 

Anaheim, Carolina, Chicago, Montreal, Nashville and Phoenix play three games at home.

 

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INJURIES

 

Chris Letang broke his toe and will be out a week. (Click here to see the rest of the injury list.)

 

 

ANAHEIM

 

Games this week

@ Dallas, vs. Dallas, vs. Dallas, vs. Los Angeles

 

Notes

The Ducks play the Dallas Stars three times this week so look for Brad Staubitz and Matt Beleskey to partake in fisticuffs as tempers are expected to flare. The Ducks play four games including three games in four nights (all against the aforementioned Stars) so expect to see Viktor Fasth to play once in place of Jonas Hiller. Anaheim will be the tired team on Monday in Dallas after playing Columbus Sunday. They will be rested Sunday against the Kings who take on Edmonton Saturday. The Ducks signed Radek Dvorak after his season with Davos in the Swiss League and he played on Wednesday after clearing waivers. Anaheim has been struggling of late as they are on a four game losing streak. They could move Peter Holland up the depth charts and make him the second line center, giving him added fantasy value.

 

BOSTON

 

Games this week

vs. Ottawa, vs. New Jersey, @ Montreal

 

Notes

It sure looked like the Bruins were going to acquire Jarome Iginla and many newspapers thought so as well as early editions made their way to doorsteps with articles putting him in a Boston uniform. Unfortunately for Bruins fans, he was dealt in the early morning hours to Pittsburgh and Boston will now have to look elsewhere to bolster their lineup.  Do not expect them to trade prized prospect Malcolm Subban as the goaltender is highly regarded. Patrice Bergeron has been outstanding this season as he has 31 points in 32 games with a plus-24 rating, fulfilling his early career promise that was sidetracked due to concussion woes. Rich Peverley is minus-nine, the worst on the Bruins and his terrific season of last year when he had 11 goals and 42 points with a plus-20 rating in 57 games seems so long ago.

 

BUFFALO

 

Games this week

@ Pittsburgh, vs. Ottawa, vs. New Jersey

 

Notes

The Sabres will be rested on Sunday when they take on the Devils who play in Toronto Saturday night. Thomas Vanek is out with an upper body strain. Drew Stafford is having an off year and has been a healthy scratch for the last three games. Ryan Miller is also having an off-season and it may be that his days of being an elite goaltender are over. He is 11-14-5 with a 2.91 GAA and a .911 save percentage. Cody Hodgson is having a very good season with 12 goals and 28 points in 34 games after action on Thursday.

 

CALGARY

 

Games this week

@ Edmonton, vs. Edmonton, @ San Jose, @ Vancouver

 

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 Saturday when they take on Vancouver after  playing the Sharks in San Jose Friday.  The rebuild in Calgary has started with the dealing of Jarome Iginla to Pittsburgh and receiving Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski as well as the Penguins first round pick in 2013. The Flames play their provincial rival Oilers twice this week so look for Brian McGrattan to get into the lineup for a rare appearance and likely get into an altercation or two.  Miikka Kiprusoff could be the next one out of town but it appears that he may not report if dealt and there are rumors that he may not play next season. Roman Cervenka has two goals and three points in his last three games.

 

CAROLINA

 

Games this week

@ Montreal, vs. Washington, vs. Tampa Bay. vs. New York Rangers

 

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 Washington after playing in Montreal Monday. They will be rested on Saturday when hosting the Rangers who are in Pittsburgh Friday. The Hurricanes waived Jussi Jokinen but there were no takers and he will remain with the team for now. Chad LaRose returned from a concussion after missing 10 games and lined up alongside Jeff Skinner and Jordan Staal. He has only two goals and three points in 20 games and missed Thursday's game with the flu. Carolina has been so impressed with the play and attitude of Alexander Semin that they inked him to a five-year/$35 million extension this past week.

           

CHICAGO

 

Games this week

vs. Nashville, vs. St. Louis, @ Nashville, vs. Nashville

 

Notes
The Blackhawks play three games in four nights as part of their four game week so the net could be shared equally by Corey Crawford and Ray Emery. Chicago will be tired Monday when hosting the Predators after playing the Red Wings on Sunday. The Blackhawks play the Predators three times this week and it is likely that Brandon Bollig and perhaps Daniel Carcillo (if he plays) will wind up in the penalty box. Patrick Sharp should return to action this week after injuring his shoulder on March 6. Michael Frolik replaced the injured Marian Hossa on the top line and responded with a two goal and one assist night. Hossa should return this week so Frolik's fantasy value should be short-lived.

  

COLORADO

 

Games this week

@ Detroit, @ Nashville, vs. Detroit, @ Phoenix

 

Notes

The Avalanche play the Red Wings twice 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. The Avs are rested Monday and Friday when they play the Red Wings as Detroit plays Chicago Sunday and in Phoenix Thursday. They are the tired team on Saturday when in Phoenix after playing Detroit Friday. Ryan O'Reilly has 13 points in 14 games since he signed his deal with Colorado after being a restricted free agent through the first month-and-a-half of the season. The Avs made a nice signing in the off-season when they inked P.A. Parenteau as he has 34 points in 33 games.

 

COLUMBUS

 

Games this week

@ Nashville, @ St. Louis, vs. Minnesota

 

Notes

The Blue Jackets play three games in four nights and it is possible that Steve Mason will get one start in place of the red-hot  Sergei Bobrovsky. James Wisniewski has been activated from injured reserve and will help quarterback the power play after missing 14 games with a broken foot. Former first round selection Ryan Johansen has been stellar in shutting down the top centers on other teams with coach Todd Richards using him in all situations. No one on the Blue Jackets has 10 goals with Vaclav Prospal leading the team with nine goals and 18 points.

 

DALLAS

 

Games this week

vs. Anaheim, @ Anaheim, @ Anaheim, @ San Jose

 

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 Ducks three times this week so look for Antoine Roussel and Brenden Dillon to add to their penalty minute totals. Dallas will be the rested team Monday when they host Anaheim as the Ducks play Columbus Sunday. The Stars dealt their captain Brenden Morrow to Pittsburgh in exchange for former first round pick, defenseman Joe Morrow, who they promptly sent down to the minors for some more seasoning. Look for Morrow to eventually be the Stars quarterback on the power play. The great Jaromir Jagr is leading the Stars with 25 points and at the age of 41 could be in line to sign another one year contract with Dallas.

 

DETROIT

 

Games this week

vs. Colorado, @ Phoenix, @ Colorado, vs. St. Louis

 

Notes

The Red Wings play Colorado twice this week so do not be surprised if Jordin Tootoo  adds to his penalty minutes. Detroit will be the tired team twice this week, and both times the Colorado Avalanche are the beneficiaries as the Wings play Chicago on Sunday and Phoenix Thursday before facing the Avs. Mikael Samuelsson has been out of action since Feb. 17 with a broken hand but could finally return by the start of the week, if not a day earlier.  After not scoring on the power play in their first 10 road games, Detroit had scored in each of their last six games on the road with the man-advantage before getting shutout on Thursday.


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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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