Michael Finewax

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Grab the Lightning this week

Friday, January 10, 2014


 

EDMONTON

 

Games this week

@ Dallas, @ Minnesota, @ Winnipeg

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None  

 

Notes

Nail Yakupov has three goals in his last four games. Taylor Hall has 16 goals and 41 points in 39 games but did not make the Team Canada roster. Sam Gagner has only 17 points in 33 games as he missed the start of the season with a broken jaw but he has four assists in his last four games and could have a very good second half of the season. His name is being bandied about in trade rumors so do not be surprised if he leaves the Oilers. Ales Hemsky suffered a possible head injury on Tuesday and could be out  of action for some time.

 

FLORIDA

 

Games this week

vs. New York Islanders, vs. San Jose, @ Carolina  

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

Tim Thomas has been quite good this season as he sat out all of last year. The 39-year-old is 11-11-2 with a 2.60 GAA and a .914 save percentage this season. Last season's Calder Trophy winner Jonathan Huberdeau has not scored in his last 12 games. Aleksander Barkov has made the Finnish Olympic team as an 18-year-old. Erik Gudbranson missed five games with a broken orbital bone that required surgery. Brad Boyes leads the team with 12 goals while Sean Bergenheim is second with 10.

 

LOS ANGELES

 

Games this week

vs. Vancouver, @ St. Louis, @ Detroit

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None  

 

Notes

Jonathan Quick returned to action on the weekend and that forced the Kings to return rookie sensation Martin Jones to the minors. They dealt Daniel Carcillo to the Rangers and brought up Tanner Pearson with the open spot. Dustin Brown is starting to score again as he has two goals in his last three games. Jeff Carter (along with teammate Drew Doughty) was named to the Canadian Olympic team. Carter has been hot of late with seven goals and 10 points in his last 10 games. Justin Williams had only one assist in his previous six games but had a goal and an assist Thursday.

 

MINNESOTA

 

Games this week

vs. Ottawa, vs. Edmonton, vs. Dallas

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

Justin Fontaine has 11 goals after potting his first NHL hat trick Thursday. Josh Harding is on the injured reserve list and has played only two of the Wild's last ten games as it is believed he is out to correct his medication for multiple sclerosis. He has been sensational this season with a 18-7-3 record to go with a 1.65 GAA and a .933 save percentage. Mikko Koivu made the Finnish Olympic team but is out for at least a month after undergoing ankle surgery. As expected, the Wild returned defenseman Mathew Dumba back to junior hockey.  

 

MONTREAL

           

Games this week

vs. New Jersey, @ Ottawa, @ Toronto

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

David Desharnais has 14 points in his last 18 games after a very slow start to the season. George Parros is close to returning to action as he has been cleared for contact after suffering his second concussion of the season on December 14. He is without a point in nine games this season but does have 42 penalty minutes. Carey Price was named to Team Canada and deservedly so as he is 20-11-4 this season with a 2.22 GAA and a .928 save percentage. Brian Gionta has two goals and three points in his last three games after going 13 consecutive games without a goal. He has seven goals and 23 points in 44 games this season.

 

NASHVILLE

 

Games this week

vs. Calgary, @ Philadelphia, vs. Colorado

 

Rested team: vs. Calgary (Tuesday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Predators have to be pleased with Filip Forsberg who was named the MVP of the World Junior U20 Championships. He should be part of their lineup this week and while we cannot recommend him the remainder of this season, he should be snapped up in all keeper leagues. After going on a five game point scoring streak, Patric Hornqvist suffered a lower body and sat out Thursday's game. Shea Weber had a goal and six assists in four games before going minus-two without a point Thursday. Pekka Rinne is still out with a hip injury and there is no timetable for his return.

 

NEW JERSEY

 

Games this week

@  Montreal, @ Colorado, @ Phoenix

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

Adam Larsson has not played since November 23 with a lower body injury so he was sent to the minors Thursday on a conditioning stint. Eric Gelinas was sent to the minors on the weekend but was quickly recalled on Monday. Ryane Clowe has yet to score this season, albeit in only 13 games as he returned on December 27 from a concussion. Jacob Josefson is on the injured reserve list with a virus. Jaromir Jagr was named to the Czech Olympic team, The 41-year-old is having a great season with 13 goals and 35 points in 45 games.

 

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

 

Games this week

@ Florida, @ Tampa Bay, @ Philadelphia

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

Thomas Vanek is on a 10 game scoring streak and has five goals and 15 points during the streak. He wants to remain with the Islanders for the rest of the season as he thinks the team has plenty of potential.  Evgeni Nabokov is out for a couple of weeks with what is believed to be a quad injury and Kevin Poulin will take over the net with Anders Nilsson backing up. Ryan Strome scored the first NHL goal of his career Monday. John Tavares was named to Team Canada and has been very hot of late with seven goals and 15 points in his last six games.

 

NEW YORK RANGERS

 

Games this week

vs. Tampa Bay, vs. Detroit, @ Ottawa, vs. Washington

 

Rested team: vs. Tampa Bay (Tuesday)

Tired Team: vs. Washington (Sunday)

 

Notes

The Rangers play four times this week including three games in four nights so look for Cameron Talbot to play at least once to replace the slumping Henrik Lundqvist. After being a healthy scratch for yet another two games, Michael Del Zotto returned with a vengeance and had assists in each of his last three games. Chris Kreider is definitely in the mix for the Calder Trophy and is enjoying playing for new head coach Alain Vigneault. Rick Nash has nine goals and 18 points in 28 games including two goals this week against Columbus.  Carl Hagelin has two goals and five points in his last three games.

 

OTTAWA     

 

Games this week

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

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

Jason Spezza returned to action on Wednesday after missing four games with a hip flexor injury. Kyle Turris has surpassed the 30 point mark for the first time in his career and now has 11 goals and 33 points in 45 games. Clarke MacArthur is having a very good season as well as he also has 33 points in 44 games including 15 goals. Erik Karlsson is second among defensemen in scoring to Duncan Keith as he has 41 points in 45 games. Craig Anderson is getting hot again as he has played in the last five games and six of the last seven. He is 5-0-1 in the six games giving up 14 goals on 189 shots.


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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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