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The Week Ahead

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Horton doesn't hear a boo

Friday, January 24, 2014


This is the second last week of action before the Olympic break and there is plenty of action with the most notable exception being on Super Bowl Sunday as there is only two afternoon games being played, allowing all fans to get home early enough to catch the Seattle-Denver game.

This is the second straight year that the Columbus Blue Jackets got off to a slow start and then turned it on like wildfire as they attempt to make the playoffs. The Blue Jackets are currently in third place in the Metropolitan division and are on an eight game winning streak.

 

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Now to The Week Ahead.

 
WEEK OF JANUARY 27-FEBRUARY 2

 

4 Games- Boston, Buffalo, Columbus, Los Angeles, Montreal, San Jose, Washington

 

3 Games– Anaheim, Calgary, Carolina, Chicago, Colorado,  Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Florida, Minnesota, Nashville, New Jersey, New York Islanders, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Vancouver, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Winnipeg

 

2 Games - New York Rangers

 

Anaheim, Boston, Calgary, Carolina, Columbus, Montreal, Phoenix and Toronto play three games at home.

 

Buffalo, Chicago, Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Washington play three games on the road.

 

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INJURIES

 

Jimmy Howard is out with a knee injury. (Click here to see the rest of the injury list.)

 

ANAHEIM

 

Games this week

vs. Minnesota, vs. Philadelphia, vs. Dallas

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The streak is over.  The Ducks were 20-0-2 at home before losing in regulation for the first time Tuesday as they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Jets. Jonas Hiller has lost his last two starts after winning 14 games in a row. Anaheim sent Sami Vatanen to the minors. He has a lot of offensive upside so do not forget about him next season. Ryan Getzlaf has already tied his career high in goals with 25 and has 59 points in 49 games. Nick Bonino continues to excel this season with 16 goals and 39 points in 53 games. He has 19 power play points as well, making him fantasy-worthy in most pools.

 

BOSTON

 

Games this week

@ New York Islanders, vs. Florida, vs. Montreal, vs. Edmonton

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: vs. Florida (Tuesday)

 

Notes

The Bruins play three games in four nights as part of their four game week so look for Chad Johnson to get at least one start this week in place of Tuukka Rask. Torey Krug is having an outstanding rookie season as the defenseman has 11 goals and 25 points.  Dougie Hamilton is hoping to resume practicing shortly as he has been out since January 11th with a concussion. Brad Marchand is red hot of late with six goals and seven points in his last four games. He now has 16 goals and 28 points in 49 games with a plus-16 rating and 46 points but does not have a power play point this season.

 

BUFFALO

 

Games this week

@ Pittsburgh, vs. Washington, @ Phoenix, @ Colorado

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: vs. Washington (Tuesday)

 

Notes

The Sabres play four times this week including three games in four nights so look for Jhonas Enroth to play once this week with Ryan Miller playing the other three games. Enroth has a 2.63 GAA and a .910 save percentage which are not bad peripherals, but he has had no luck with a 1-10-4 record. Tyler Ennis is on a six game scoring streak with three goals and four assists. Drew Stafford has only seven goals and 17 points this season but has been hot of late with three goals and five points in his last two games. Phil Varone picked up an assist in his NHL debut on Thursday.

 

CALGARY

 

Games this week

vs. Chicago, vs. San Jose, vs. Minnesota

 

Rested team: vs. San Jose (Thursday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

Karri Ramo seems to have taken over the number one job in Calgary as Reto Berra languishes on the bench. Ramo is 1-1-1 in his last three games and has given up seven goals on 92 shots. The Flames signed Matt Stajan to a four-year/$12.5 million extension. Kris Russell returned to the lineup this past week after sitting out 13 games with a knee injury.  David Jones returned on Monday as well after missing eight games with an eye injury. Lee Stempniak is a team worst minus-21, one more than the injured Michael Cammalleri.

 

CAROLINA

 

Games this week

vs. Columbus, @ Montreal, vs. St. Louis

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: @ Montreal (Tuesday)

 

Notes

Alexander Semin has six goals in his last four games and was named to the Russian Olympic team as he will replace the injured Sergei Soin. Anton Khudobin has played in seven of the Hurricanes last eight games. He is 4-3 and has allowed 15 goals on 188 shots as he has taken over from Justin Peters and the injured Cam Ward. John-Michael Liles has a goal and an assist since his trade from Toronto on New Year's Day but has been an outstanding plus-nine. Jeff Skinner leads the Hurricanes with nine power play goals while Andrej Sekera and Semin are next with three. Eric Staal has scored only once this season with the man-advantage.

 

CHICAGO

 

Games this week

@ Calgary, @ Vancouver, @ San Jose

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: @ Vancouver (Wednesday)

 

Notes

Patrick Kane halted a 12 game goal scoring drought on Thursday with his 24th goal of the season. Linemate Patrick Sharp had his first goal in eight games on Wednesday. Corey Crawford is now 19-7-8 this season with a 2.48 GAA and a .910 save percentage, a far cry from last season's 19-5-5 mark with a 1.94 GAA and a .926 save percentage. Duncan Keith sat out his first game on Thursday as he is suffering from an illness but is expected to be back on January 26th. Brent Seabrook is having a quiet but excellent fantasy season with six goals, 33 points, a plus-24 rating and nine power play points.

 

COLORADO

 

Games this week

@ Dallas, vs. Minnesota, vs. Buffalo

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

Alex Tanguay (hip/knee) is slated to return on January 24th and was practicing on a line with Paul Stastny and Gabriel Landeskog. He is worth looking at in deeper pools as he is owned in only six percent of Yahoo! pools. Semyon Varlamov had his 16 game streak without a regulation loss stopped on Tuesday as he gave up three goals on only 10 shots in a 5-2 loss to Toronto. Erik Johnson is minus-four in his last two games but he has been suffering from back issues. He has seven goals and 20 points in 49 games this season after picking up only four assists in 31 games in 2012-13. P. A. Parenteau had an assist in his return to action on Tuesday after missing 10 games with a knee injury.

 

COLUMBUS

 

Games this week

@ Carolina, vs. Ottawa, vs. Washington, vs. Florida

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: vs. Ottawa (Tuesday)

 

 

Notes

The Blue Jackets play three games in four nights as part of a four game week so expect to see Curtis McElhinney to play once in place of Sergei Bobrovsky. The Blue Jackets are the hottest team in the NHL as they are on an eight game winning streak that coincides with the return of Nathan Horton to the lineup. Horton has four goals and seven points in 10 games as the Blue Jackets have jumped into third place in the Metropolitan Division with a 9-1 record since Horton's return from off-season shoulder surgery. Bobrovsky has returned to last season's form that saw him win the Vezina Trophy as he has won his last nine starts, giving up 16 goals on 265 shots, dating back to November 29th. He missed a month of action in that time frame with a groin injury.

 

DALLAS

 

Games this week

vs. Colorado, vs. New Jersey, @ Anaheim

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Stars made Valeri Nichushkin a healthy scratch for two games before reinserting him into the lineup on Tuesday. While he was held scoreless in his first game back, he exploded for a couple of goals and an assist against Toronto Thursday. Cody Eakin has settled in as the Stars second line center between Ryan Garbutt and Antoine Roussel and has 12 goals and 26 points in 51 games with six points on the power play. Not great numbers for a second liner but he does have some value in deep leagues. After winning only one game in three weeks, Kari Lehtonen has won his last two outings.

 

DETROIT

 

Games this week

@ Philadelphia, vs. Washington, @ Washington

 

Rested team: vs. Washington (Friday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Red Wings play a home-and-home series against the Capitals so look for Kyle Quincey to get involved if there is any rough stuff. After going five games without a point, Gustav Nyquist has two goals and four points in his last three games. Henrik Zetterberg has been even better with six points in his last three games. Pavel Datsyuk is still out of action as he has missed the last eight games with a groin injury. The good news is that he has started skating again but might not play for the Red Wings until after the Olympic break. He still is sure that he will play for Russia at the Olympics.


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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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