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The Stadium Series

Friday, January 17, 2014


The Stadium Series begins this weekend as the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils play at Yankee Stadium (pictured right) on Sunday with the Los Angeles Kings hosting the Anaheim Ducks Saturday at Dodger Stadium.

 

This is the first two of the five game series that the NHL has scheduled after the ultra-successful Winter Classic between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs on New Year's Day at The Big House in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

Yankee Stadium (see the time lapse video of the rink being put together here) will also host the Islanders and the Rangers on January 29.

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins will play at Soldier Field in Chicago on March 1 as they face the Blackhawks while the Ottawa Senators will play at BC Place in Vancouver in the Heritage Classic the following day.

 

I want to wish my brother Larry a Happy Birthday this Sunday!

 

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Now to The Week Ahead.

 

WEEK OF JANUARY 20-26

 

4 Games- Dallas, Detroit, Florida, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York Islanders, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Vancouver, St. Louis, Toronto, Winnipeg

 

3 Games– Anaheim, Buffalo, Calgary, Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, Columbus, Edmonton,  Minnesota, Montreal, New Jersey, New York Rangers, Ottawa, San Jose, Washington

 

2 Games - Boston, Tampa Bay

 

Detroit plays all four games at home this week.

 

St. Louis and Toronto play all four games on the road.

 

Columbus, Dallas, Edmonton, New Jersey, the New York Islanders and San Jose play three games at home.

 

Florida, Los Angeles, Nashville, Ottawa, Phoenix and Winnipeg play three games on the road.

 

INJURIES

 

Michael Cammalleri is out with a concussion. (Click here to see the rest of the injury list.)

 

 

ANAHEIM

 

Games this week

vs. Winnipeg, vs. Los Angeles, @ Los Angeles

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Ducks play the Kings in back-to-back games including the first game of the Stadium series on Saturday so there may be fisticuffs. If tempers flare, look for Tim Jackman and Patrick Maroon to add to their penalty minute totals. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry are fourth and fifth in NHL scoring with 55 and 53 points respectively and are plus-22 and 23 as well which is 10th and seventh in the league. Not too shabby.  Don't expect to see John Gibson in goal many times if at all this season as the Ducks recalled and played Frederik Andersen when Jonas Hiller was too ill to play on Wednesday. Teemu Selanne had a couple of power play goals on Wednesday in a 9-1 shellacking of Vancouver. Sheldon Souray is out for the rest of the season.

 

BOSTON

 

Games this week

vs. Los Angeles, @ Philadelphia

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: vs. Los Angeles (Monday)

 

Notes

Zdeno Chara will carry the flag for Slovakia at the Winter Olympics in Sochi so he will miss two games as the opening ceremonies are on February 7. Milan Lucic had a goal and an assist on Thursday as he broke a four game pointless streak.  Aw, the pitfalls of owning a top goalie. Tuukka Rask was at the top of his game for most of the season but he has been mediocre of late as he has allowed 21 goals in his last seven games. He is now 22-12-2 this season with a still great 2.11 GAA and an equally terrific .928 save percentage. Dougie Hamilton has missed the last two games with a concussion and there is currently no timetable for his return.

 

BUFFALO

 

Games this week

vs. Florida, vs. Carolina, @  Columbus

 

Rested team: vs. Florida (Tuesday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

Marcus Foligno (undisclosed) and Matt D'Agostini (upper body) were injured this week and are currently out of the lineup. Matt Moulson scored his 15th of the season on Wednesday. Ryan Miller is only 12-18-2 this season with a 2.59 GAA but his save percentage is outstanding at .927. Steve Ott has lost a lot of fantasy value with only five goals and 14 points in 46 games to go with 45 penalty minutes as his minus-18 rating really hurts fantasy players. Christian Ehrhoff has only two goals and 18 points in 45 games this season.

 

CALGARY

 

Games this week

@ San Jose, vs. Phoenix, vs. Nashville

 

Rested team: vs. Nashville (Friday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Flames continue to spiral downwards as they have won only two of their last 10 games. Michael Cammalleri is out with a concussion. Jiri Hudler is disappointed that he was not selected to the Czech Republic team for the Olympics despite leading all Czech-born players in the NHL in points with 39. Reto Berra continues to struggle as he is 5-14-2 this season with a 3.13 GAA and a .894 save percentage while his netminding partner Karri Ramo is 8-9-3 with a 2.80 GAA and a .903 save percentage. Coach Bob Hartley thinks that Mikael Backlund has been his best player of late.

 

CAROLINA

 

Games this week

@ Philadelphia, @ Buffalo, vs. Ottawa

 

Rested team: @ Philadelphia (Tuesday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Hurricanes play three games in four nights so look for Anton Khudobin to play twice with Justin Peters going once, as Cam Ward is still sidelined with a lower body injury. Alexander Semin is pointless in his last three games and has only six goals and 18 points in 34 games this season. Jiri Tlusty returned to action this past Monday from an appendectomy in his first game in three weeks. Jeff Skinner returned to the wing as Eric Staal returned on Monday after a three game absence with a lower body injury. Brett Sutter and Zach Boychuk were sent back to the minors.

 

CHICAGO

 

Games this week

@ Detroit, @ Minnesota, vs. Winnipeg

 

Rested team: vs. Winnipeg (Sunday)

Tired Team: @ Minnesota (Thursday)

 

Notes

Coach Joel Quenneville is pleased with his new second line consisting of Andrew Shaw, Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane. Corey Crawford is 17-7-7 this season with a 2.46 GAA and a .911 save percentage but has not won in his last seven outings.  Kris Versteeg has not scored and has picked up only one assist in his last nine games while going minus-three. Jonathan Toews had a six game scoring streak end on Tuesday and has 47 points in 49 games. Bryan Bickell is in a bad slump and has had his playing time reduced as a result. He has only one assist in his last 10 games and played only 6:34 minutes on Tuesday.

 

COLORADO

 

Games this week

vs. Toronto, @ Florida, @ Tampa Bay

 

Rested team: vs. Toronto (Tuesday)

Tired Team: @ Tampa Bay (Saturday)

 

Notes

Semyon Varlamov got off to a great start, slumped a bit after the first month of the season when his troubles with the law occurred and has been sensational of late as he is 10-0-5 in his last 15 games. Varlamov has a 2.29 GAA and a .929 save percentage this season. Look for Paul Stastny (leg) to return to the Avs lineup on January 18 while Alex Tanguay who has been out since November 2 and has missed the last 34 games with a hip/knee injury, is close to returning.  P. A. Parenteau was slated to miss six weeks with a sprained ACL but he could be back by the end of January, which would make it only five weeks.

 

COLUMBUS

 

Games this week

vs. Los Angeles, vs. Philadelphia, vs. Buffalo

 

Rested team: vs. Los Angeles (Tuesday)

Tired Team: None

 

 

Notes

Fedor Tyutin is out of action with an illness and Dalton Prout, who was sent to the minors on Tuesday, was recalled. Nathan Horton said he was dealing with conditioning issues last week and that was no surprise as he returned from off season shoulder surgery and was not in game condition. He has four points in six games thus far. Jack Johnson has only 12 points this season in 45 games. Cam Atkinson had goals in three straight games before being held off the scoresheet on Monday. James Wisniewski has yet to score on the power play but has 11 assists and has three goals and 26 points in 39 games this season.

 

DALLAS

 

Games this week

@ Nashville, vs. Minnesota, vs. Toronto, vs. Pittsburgh

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: vs. Minnesota (Tuesday)

 

Notes

The Stars play four times this week including three games in four nights so look for Dan Ellis to play once in place of Kari Lehtonen.  Coach Lindy Ruff is worried about Valeri Nichushkin as the rookie is hurting a bit and seems to be hitting a wall as far as the schedule is concerned. Nichushkin is being allowed to play through it but has gone the five games without a point. Tyler Seguin has three assists in his last two games after going the previous five games without a point. He has 21 goals and 44 points in 45 games. Ryan Garbutt has two goals and five points in his last four games with a plus-three rating.

 

DETROIT

 

Games this week

vs. St. Louis, vs. Chicago, vs. Montreal, vs. Florida

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Red Wings play all four at home as they finish a five game home stand. Henrik Zetterberg has gone four straight games without a point. Jimmy Howard stopped 38 of 39 shots on Thursday but it wasn't enough as the Red Wings dropped a 1-0 decision to the Rangers. He missed Sunday's game with a hip flexor injury. Johan Franzen is practicing after missing the last 12 games with a concussion. Daniel Alfredsson has missed the last three games with a back injury. The Red Wings injury woes continue as Pavel Datsyuk has been out five games with a groin injury.


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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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