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Wow! Bracken Kearns!

Friday, January 03, 2014


The story of Bracken Kearns is a happy one this week.

 

The 32-year-old had played only seven NHL games in his career before being recalled by the San Jose Sharks after the Christmas break. He had played once this season for the Sharks and had five goals, 18 points and 57 penalty minutes with Worcester of the AHL this season.

 

Well, look who has scored a goal in each of his last three games. Why it's Bracken Kearns! No other player named Bracken had ever scored in the NHL although Curt Brackenbury had nine in the late 70's and early 80's with the Nordiques and Oilers, but was more known for his fists than his hands.

 

He became the second Kearns to score in the NHL as Dennis, a Vancouver defenseman in the 1970's and early 80's, had 31 in 677 games.

 

**Note: I have just been informed by Mike Clay that Bracken is the son of Dennis. I did not know that!

 

But now back to Bracken Kearns. The veteran minor leaguer has more NHL goals since December 29 than everyone in the league save for Jeff Skinner and Max Pacioretty,. That's more goals than Crosby and Ovechkin, more than Patrick Kane and Corey Perry. Fantasy value can go up and down but this week (and likely the only week of his NHL career) Bracken Kearns had fantasy relevance.

 

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Now to The Week Ahead.

 

WEEK OF JANUARY 6-12

 

4 Games- Anaheim, Calgary, Colorado, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville, New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Toronto

 

3 Games–Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Edmonton,  Florida, Los Angeles, Montreal, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Jose, Tampa Bay, Washington

 

2 Games - Ottawa, Vancouver, Winnipeg

 

Nashville plays all four games at home.

 

Colorado, Los Angeles, New Jersey, the New York Rangers and Phoenix play three games at home.

 

Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Florida, Minnesota, the New York Islanders, Pittsburgh and St. Louis play three games on the road.

 

Editor's Note: Rotoworld's partner FanDuel is hosting a $1,500 Fantasy Hockey league for Friday's NHL games. It's $10 to join and first prize is $350. Starts Friday at 7pm ET. Here's the FanDuel link.


INJURIES

 

P. A. Parenteau will miss six weeks with a knee injury. (Click here to see the rest of the injury list.)

 

 

ANAHEIM

 

Games this week

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

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Ducks play four times this week including three games in four nights so look for Frederik Andersen to play at least once for Jonas Hiller. Hiller has been hot of late as he has won his last nine games. Dustin Penner was a healthy scratch for the second time on Tuesday and was replaced on the top line by Jakob Silfverberg who gets a boost in his fantasy value playing with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Cam Fowler was named to the U.S. Olympic team. Andrew Cogliano became only the fifth NHLer to begin his career by playing 500 consecutive games.

 

BOSTON

 

Games this week

@ Anaheim, @ Los Angeles, @ San Jose

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

Niklas Svedberg made his NHL debut on Thursday as he stopped 32 of 34 shots in a 3-2 Boston win in overtime. Loui Eriksson participated in some drills this week but still is unable to play with contact. He has been out with a concussion since December 7. Chris Kelly was also injured in the same game and he is hoping to start skating soon as he broke his ankle. Reilly Smith continues to be a stud on the second line and Eriksson could have tough time getting the spot back.   Shawn Thornton decided not to appeal his 15 game suspension to an independent arbitrator and is now eligible to return for the San Jose game this week.

 

BUFFALO

 

Games this week

vs. Carolina, vs. Florida, @ Washington

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

Ryan Miller was named to the American Olympic team and he will try to backstop the United States to another medal. He has been terrific this season despite a 10-17-1 record and a 2.69 GAA. His save percentage is .927. Cody Hodgson is on the injured reserve list with a thumb/wrist injury. He leads the Sabres with 19 points. Defenseman Nikita Zadorov paced the Russians with a couple of power play goals as they defeated the United States in the quarter-finals of the World U20 championships. He was drafted 16th overall in the 2013 draft. The Sabres added some toughness to their lineup when they claimed Zenon Konopka off waivers from Minnesota.

 

CALGARY

 

Games this week

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

 

Rested team: vs. Pittsburgh (Saturday)

Tired Team: @ Phoenix (Tuesday)

 

Notes

The Flames play four games this week including three games in four nights so look for Reto Berra and Karri Ramo to split the net this week. Lee Stempniak is in a big slump as he has gone 11 consecutive games without a point. Dennis Wideman is due back on January 3 as he has been out of action since November 27  after suffering a broken hand. Kevin Westgarth was acquired by the Flames from Carolina and he will give the Flames some much needed toughness up front.

 

CAROLINA

 

Games this week

@ Buffalo, vs. Toronto, @ Columbus

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: @ Columbus (Friday)

 

Notes

The Hurricanes play three games in four nights and Anton Khudobin is back in the picture so he and Justin Peters could share the net with Cam Ward’s status unknown at this time. Ward will miss at least one more game with a lower body injury. Jeff Skinner led the way on Thursday with a hat trick and is now up to 19 goals in 30 games. The Hurricanes made a couple of trades this week as they acquired Greg Nemisz from the Flames and then picked up John-Michael Liles and a middling prospect from Toronto for Tim Gleason. The Hurricanes need a defenseman who can make a good first pass and Liles could be an ideal match for Carolina.

 

CHICAGO

 

Games this week

vs. New York Rangers, @ Montreal, vs. Edmonton

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: vs. Edmonton (Sunday)

 

Notes

Duncan Keith has three goals and 39 points in 43 games as he is approaching his career best season that he set in 2009-10 when he had 14 goals and 69 points with a plus-21 rating, on his way to winning the Norris Trophy. Patrick Kane easily made the American Olympic team and is expected to be one of their leaders. Corey Crawford has returned and Antti Raanta, who was terrific in Crawford's absence, will be his backup. Jason LaBarbera will remain on the team for insurance but expect him to be sent down to the minors shortly

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COLORADO

 

Games this week

vs. Calgary, vs. Ottawa, vs. New York Islanders, @ Minnesota

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: @ Minnesota (Saturday)

 

Notes

The Avalanche play three games in four nights so look for Jean-Sebastien Giguere to play once in place of Semyon Varlamov. Paul Stastny was named to the American team for the Sochi Olympics and it has a lot to do with his play in International Hockey as he has not been a force this season with only 11 goals and 25 points in 37 games. P. A. Parenteau will be out of action for the next six weeks with a knee injury. Nathan MacKinnon will see time on the second line with Gabriel Landeskog and Paul Stastny while Jamie McGinn has moved up to the top line with Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly. Tyson Barrie has two goals and five points in his last nine games.

 

COLUMBUS

 

Games this week

@ New York Rangers, vs. Carolina, @ Winnipeg

 

Rested team: vs. Carolina (Friday)

Tired Team: @ Winnipeg (Saturday)

 

Notes

Nathan Horton made his Columbus debut on Thursday and celebrated by scoring on the power play. He signed a long-term deal in the off-season but required shoulder surgery that kept him out until January 2. Sergei Bobrovsky also returned on Thursday from a groin injury but backed up Curtis McElhinney. Ryan Johansen has 32 points in 41 games and has surpassed his career totals this season as he had only 14 goals and 33 points in 107 previous games in the NHL. Nick Foligno and Artem Anisimov are tied for second in goals on the Blue Jackets with 11, five behind Johansen.

 

DALLAS

 

Games this week

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

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: @ New York Rangers (Friday)

 

Notes

The Stars play four times this week including three in four nights so expect to see Dan Ellis play once in place of Kari Lehtonen. They also play the Islanders twice this week so if some hard feelings carry over, look for Antoine Roussel and Brenden Dillon to add to their penalty minute totals. The Stars switched up their lines and moved Alex Chiasson to the top line with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn with Valeri Nichushkin moving down to the third line. Shawn Horcoff is out with the flu. Stephane Robidas was at the Stars practice facility Monday. He is out another three-five months with a broken leg.

 

DETROIT

 

Games this week

@ San Jose. @ Los Angeles, @ Anaheim

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Red Wings are in California this week and play three games in four nights. Jonas Gustavsson should get one start while Jimmy Howard should get a couple. Patrick Eaves suffered an upper body injury Wednesday in the Winter Classic when he was cross-checked by Joffrey Lupul. Lupul will find out on Friday if he will be suspended for his misdeed. Daniel Alfredsson missed a game after suffering a back injury warming up on Monday. He returned for the Winter Classic and opened the scoring on a deflection.


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Michael Finewax has been covering hockey since 2005 and is the Hockey Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter.
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