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Watch Antoine Roussel!

Friday, December 06, 2013


I’m a huge fan of Antoine Roussel as far as fantasy hockey is concerned.

 

He burst onto the NHL scene last season with seven goals and 14 points in 39 games to go with 85 penalty minutes but received little regard going into this season in traditional pools.

 

Well he has picked up where he left off last season with five goals and 10 points with 70 penalty minutes in just 27 games. He has been particularly hot of late with four goals and seven points in his last 10 games and a plus-four rating with 18 penalty minutes.

 

The strange thing is that is he owned in only 3 percent of all Yahoo! pools. I understand him not being owned in shallow pools and pools that do not use penalty minutes as a category but in all other pools, he should be owned.

 

Check him out!

 

It’s still not too late to join a Yahoo! pool.

 

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Now to The Week Ahead.

 

WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-16

 

4 Games - Calgary, Carolina, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York Islanders, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay

 

3 Games–Anaheim, Boston, Buffalo, Colorado, Dallas, Florida, Minnesota, Nashville, New Jersey, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, St. Louis, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington, Winnipeg

 

Carolina and Los Angeles play all four games on the road.

 

Anaheim, the New York Rangers, Ottawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg play three games at home.

 

Boston, Minnesota, the New York Islanders, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay play three games on the road.

 

Editor's Note: Rotoworld's partner FanDuel is hosting a $2,500 Fantasy Hockey league for Friday's NHL games. It's just $10 to join and first prize is $500. Starts Friday at 7pm ET. Here's the FanDuel link.

 

INJURIES

 

Henrik Zetterberg is out at least two weeks with a herniated disc. (Click here to see the rest of the injury list.)

 

 

ANAHEIM

 

Games this week

vs. New York Islanders, vs. Minnesota, vs. Edmonton

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

Mathieu Perreault could return this week as he is scheduled to miss a couple of weekend games with a lower body injury. Ryan Getzlaf is on an 11 game scoring streak in which he has nine goals and 17 points. Getzlaf has 32 points and is teaming up nicely with Corey Perry, who has 31. The Ducks are hurting on the blueline with Sheldon Souray, Luca Sbisa and Francois Beauchemin out of the lineup but the injuries are giving youngsters like Hampus Lindholm and Alex Grant a chance to play. Dustin Penner continues to be one of the best surprises of the season with nine goals, 22 points and a plus-17 rating in 23 games.

 

BOSTON

 

Games this week

@ Calgary, @ Edmonton, @ Vancouver

 

Rested team: @ Vancouver (Saturday)

Tired Team: None

  

Notes

Tuukka Rask continues to be one of the top netminders in the NHL with a 14-7-2 record to go with a 1.90 GAA and a .934 save percentage. Chad Johnson has played very well as the backup with a 4-1-0 record as well as a 1.97 GAA to give the Bruins the best netminding in the NHL. Jarome Iginla one behind Dennis Seidenberg in the plus/minus category at plus-10. Coach Claude Julien is pleased with the play of sophomore defenseman Dougie Hamilton who has three goals, seven points and a plus-eight rating. Reilly Smith is third on the team in points with 17, behind David Krejci and Milan Lucic as both have 21 points.

 

BUFFALO

 

Games this week

vs. Ottawa, @ Ottawa, vs. Calgary

 

Rested team: vs. Ottawa (Tuesday)

Tired Team: None

 

 

Notes

The Sabres play a home-and-home series against the Senators this week so look for John Scott, Steve Ott and Cody McCormick to add to their penalty minute totals if there are fisticuffs. Drew Stafford continues to slump with two goals and nine points in 28 games and just two assists in his last seven games. Ville Leino has yet to find the back of the net in 16 games. Marcus Foligno has been held pointless in his last six games and as a result coach Ted Nolan has cut back on his ice time.

 

CALGARY

 

Games this week

vs. Boston, vs. Carolina, @ Buffalo, @ New York Rangers

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: @ New York Rangers (Sunday)

 

 

Notes

The Flames play three games in four nights so expect to see Karri Ramo in goal in place of Reto Berra at least once. Ramo has won his last two starts and is now the number one netminder, at least this week. The Flames got a big boost this past week with the return of offensive defenseman Mark Giordano to the lineup as he missed over six weeks with a broken ankle. He scored once and added an assist in his return and now has three goals and 11 points in nine games. Sean Monahan will stay with the Flames and not play for Team Canada at the World U20 Championships as the Flames think it’s best that he remains in the NHL. He is currently out with a broken foot.  

 

CAROLINA

 

Games this week

@ Vancouver, @ Edmonton, @ Calgary, @ Phoenix

 

Rested team: @ Vancouver (Monday)

Tired Team: @ Edmonton (Tuesday)

 

Notes

The Hurricanes play three games in four nights so expect to see Justin Peters once instead of Cam Ward. Alexander Semin is hoping to play this week as he has missed the last nine games with a concussion. Eric Staal has been on fire of late with three goals and 13 points in his last 11 games. Elias Lindholm could play for Sweden at the 2014 U20 Championships but the Hurricanes have not yet given him permission to go. Jeff Skinner has 17 points in 18 games this season and leads the team in plus/minus at plus-seven, one ahead Radek Dvorak.

 

CHICAGO

 

Games this week

@ Dallas, vs. Philadelphia, @ Toronto, vs. Los Angeles

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: vs. Philadelphia (Wednesday)

 

Notes

Andrew Shaw missed Thursday’s game with an upper body injury but is expected to play this week. Jeremy Morin was recalled on Wednesday from the minors due to the injury to Shaw and the illness of Michal Handzus. Morin had six goals and 12 points in 13 AHL games this season. Patrick Kane was the first star for the month of November with nine goals and 19 points and now has 32 points in 29 games heading into action on Thursday. Marian Hossa leads the Blackhawks with a plus-15 rating, two ahead of underrated blueliner Brent Seabrook and Brandon Saad.

 

COLORADO

 

Games this week

vs. Phoenix, @ Winnipeg, vs. Minnesota

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

Look for Alex Tanguay to return to action this week from a knee injury. Matt Duchene has only one assist since he returned from an oblique muscle injury four games ago but in his defense, he has been under the weather. Rookie Nathan MacKinnon has had a good start to his NHL career with five goals and 16 points in 26 games. Andre Benoit leads all Colorado defensemen with 11 points this season with Jan Hejda just two points behind. Hejda is tied with a plus-17 alongside Erik Johnson. Jean-Sebastien Giguere is a perfect 6-0-0 this season with a 1.62 GAA and a .949 save percentage.

 

COLUMBUS

 

Games this week

@ Pittsburgh, vs. New Jersey, @ New York Rangers, vs. St. Louis

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: vs. New Jersey (Tuesday)

 

Notes

The Blue Jackets play three times in four nights and with Sergei Bobrovsky on the sidelines for the next four-five weeks, Curtis McElhinney will start the majority of the games with Mike McKenna likely seeing action in one game this week. Brandon Dubinsky returned from a foot injury this past week after missing six games and played between Matt Calvert and Blake Comeau. Jack Johnson is having a terrible season with only two goals, five points and a minus-13 rating in 28 games. Ryan Johansen has taken over the team lead in points with 20, two ahead of James Wisniewski.

 

DALLAS

 

Games this week

vs. Chicago, @ Nashville, @ Winnipeg

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

Tyler Seguin returned to action on Thursday after missing two games with a concussion. Antoine Roussel continues to impress as he now has five goals and 10 points with 70 penalty minutes in 27 games. Valeri Nichushkin has three points in his last two games and his offensive ability is obvious to anyone who watches the rookie play. He is worth trading for in keeper leagues. Jamie Benn leads the Stars with 25 points. Kari Lehtonen continues to sparkle with a 11-5-5 record to go with a 2.25 GAA and a .926 save percentage.

 

DETROIT

 

Games this week

@ Florida, @ Tampa Bay, vs. Pittsburgh, vs. Tampa Bay

 

Rested team: vs. Pittsburgh (Saturday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Red Wings play four times this week including three games in four nights and Jonas Gustavsson should split the starts with Jimmy Howard. Todd Bertuzzi is ready to return from a shoulder ailment after missing the last five games. The Red Wings lost Henrik Zetterberg to injury for at least a couple of weeks with a herniated disc and with Pavel Datsyuk still out of the lineup, Stephen Weiss centered the top line this week between Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist. Dan DeKeyser practiced for the first time since separating his shoulder on November 19th but he is not eligible to play until December 14th at the earliest as he is on long term injured reserve.


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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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