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Where Will Vanek Go

Friday, February 28, 2014


The NHL trade deadline is 3 pm ET Wednesday and Rotoworld will be all over it, updating all the trades by the minute so stay here for all the trade action and analysis.

 

There are only five that are out of playoff consideration as the deadline approaches. Edmonton, Calgary, Buffalo, Florida and the New York Islanders should be the big wheelers and dealers as far as give up teams are concerned, although Nashville and Carolina could also be in the mix as they have a bunch of teams to pass in the standings to make the post-season.

 

Look for Thomas Vanek, Andrew MacDonald, Matt Moulson, Ryan Miller, Ales Hemsky, Michael Cammalleri (if he doesn't re-sign with Calgary) and Martin Brodeur to be dealt elsewhere. Brodeur could be dealt by the Devils as Cory Schneider has taken over the net with New Jersey.

 

It should be interesting. Join Ryan Dadoun and myself on Wednesday evening for a live fantasy chat at 8pm ET as we attempt to replace Brian Rosenbaum for one week. Brian will be back the following week to take all your questions.

 

Don’t forget, for everything NHL, check out Rotoworld's Player News, and follow @Rotoworld_ HK and @mfinewaxhockey on Twitter.

 

While you're at it, please also read Rotoworld writers @RyanDadoun, @CoreAbbott, @cyclelikesedins@kbrownroto and @katshockey for the latest news.

 

Now to The Week Ahead.

 

WEEK OF MARCH 3-9

 

4 Games- Boston, Buffalo, Calgary, Columbus,   Dallas, Detroit, Montreal, St. Louis

 

3 Games– Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, Edmonton, Florida, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Nashville , New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa, Phoenix, Pittsburgh,  San Jose, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington, Winnipeg

 

2 Games - Anaheim, Philadelphia

 

 

Montreal plays all four games on the road.

 

Dallas, Edmonton, Nashville, San Jose and Winnipeg play three games at home.

 

Buffalo, Columbus, the New York Islanders, Ottawa, Pittsburgh and St. Louis play three games on the road.

 

 

INJURIES

 

Mikhail Grabovski suffered a lower body injury on Thursday, (Click here to see the rest of the injury list.)

 

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.

 

ANAHEIM

 

Games this week

vs. Montreal, vs. Pittsburgh

 

Rested team: vs. Pittsburgh (Friday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Ducks play only two games for the second week in a row.  Sami Vatanen returned from winning a bronze medal in Sochi, to find out that he wasn't going to play in the NHL as the Ducks activated Mark Fistric from the injured reserve list. Vatanen has played well this season but he is on a two-way contract and rather than lose someone, he was sent down. Teemu Selanne was outstanding at the Olympics as he was named the MVP but he is seeing less than 15 minutes of ice time with Anaheim this season. Saku Koivu is healthy and ready to play as the rest he received during the Olympic break allowed him to recover from a groin injury.  Vikor Fasth has been out since November 11 with a lower body injury and was sent this past week to the minors on a long-term conditioning stint.

 

BOSTON

 

Games this week

vs. Florida, vs. Washington, @ Tampa Bay, @ Florida

 

Rested team: vs. Washington (Thursday)

Tired Team: @ Florida (Sunday)

 

Notes

The Bruins play three games in four nights so look for Tuukka Rask to miss a game as Chad Johnson should get one start. Loui Eriksson had a great Olympic tournament for Sweden and coach Claude Julien hopes he can continue his strong play the rest of the way. The Bruins are busy in the month of March with 17 games in 31 days including five back-to-back games so Johnson should see the net a lot this month. Zdeno Chara scored in his first game back from Sochi. Milan Lucic has a five game scoring streak in which he has seven points. The Bruins play Florida twice this week so look for Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and Shawn Thornton to get some penalty minutes if tempers flare.

 

BUFFALO

 

Games this week

@ Dallas, @ Tampa Bay, @ Florida, vs. Chicago

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: @ Florida (Friday)

 

Notes

The Sabres play three games in four nights so look for Jhonas Enroth to play once this week with Ryan Miller playing the remainder of the games, if he is not dealt elsewhere. The Sabres have already played two games after the break with one being the result of a snow out earlier this year against Carolina. Look for Miller and Matt Moulson to be dealt by the March 5 trade deadline as the Sabres will continue to acquire first round selections. They already have an extra one this season (although the Islanders have the option of making it a 2015 pick) in addition to their own. Do not be surprised if Ville Leino is bought out of his contract at the end of the season. Tyler Ennis missed Wednesday's game with an undisclosed injury.

 

CALGARY

 

Games this week

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

 

Rested team: vs. Ottawa, (Wednesday) vs. New York Islander (Friday)

Tired Team: @ Vancouver (Saturday)

 

Notes

Karri Ramo is still out of action so look for Reto Berra and Joni Ortio to split the net this week (if Ramo is not back) as the Flames play four times including three games in four nights. Michael Cammalleri was thought to be  a sure bet to be traded at the deadline but the Flames offered him a contract extension that he is pondering. Markus Granlund, the older brother of the Wild's Mikael, was recalled this week after scoring 23 goals and 44 points in 50 games with Abbotsford of the AHL.  Curtis Glencross practiced on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a high-ankle sprain just before Christmas.

 

CAROLINA

 

Games this week

@ San Jose, vs. New York Rangers, @ New Jersey

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Hurricanes finish a five game road trip in San Jose after the break. Cam Ward returned to action after missing two months (including the Olympic break) and stopped only 15 shots in a 3-2 loss to lowly Buffalo. Anton Khudobin has been great for the Hurricanes this season as he is 13-7-0 with a 2.18 GAA and a .926 save percentage. He could get more starts down the stretch than Ward. Eric Staal is poised to have a big finish to the season, as he has always been a strong second-half player. Alexander Semin has nine goals in his last 13 games.

 

CHICAGO

 

Games this week

vs. Colorado, vs. Columbus, @ Buffalo

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

Peter Regin skated with Patrick Kane in practice on Wednesday and he will gain a huge boost in fantasy value if he gets top six minutes. Look for Corey Crawford to see the net for the vast majority of games the rest of the way so Antti Raanta's value will take a hit. The Olympic break seems to have done wonders for Bryan Bickell  as the winger seems to be healthy for the first time all season. Duncan Keith and Jonathan Toews have now won two Stanley Cups and two Olympic Gold medals in their career while Patrick Sharp picked up his first Gold.

 

COLORADO

 

Games this week

@ Chicago, @ Detroit, vs. St. Louis

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

Jamie McGinn has had his fantasy value skyrocket of late with his inclusion on a line with Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly. He has five goals and nine points in his last ten games. Marc-Andre Cliche has inked a new two-year contract extension. Nathan MacKinnon is on a nine game points streak and has 12 points in that stretch. Duchene had a limited role in Sochi but he feels that his experience there will be a big help to his NHL career as he said that he learned how to win being around winners. He picked up a couple of assists Wednesday and now has 52 points in 56 games.

 

COLUMBUS

 

Games this week

@ Toronto, vs. Dallas, @ Chicago, @ Nashville

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

 

Notes

The Blue Jackets play four times this week including three games in four nights so look for Curtis McElhinney to play once for Sergei Bobrovsky. Marian Gaborik finally returned to action on Thursday after breaking his collarbone on December 21. Gaborik returned from an injury on that day so he has actually played only once since November 14. Fedor Tyutin injured his ankle during the Olympics and the Blue Jackets have played him on the injured reserve list.  He should miss the next two-three weeks. Jared Boll has returned to practice on Sunday after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ankle tendon in December. He should be out about another month.   

 

DALLAS

 

Games this week

vs. Buffalo, @ Columbus, vs. Vancouver, vs. Minnesota

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Stars play three games in four nights as part of a four game week so look for Dan Ellis to replace Kari Lehtonen in net once.  Jamie Benn showed the rest of the hockey world what the Dallas Stars and their hockey fans already knew; he's a heck of a hockey player. Stephane Robidas is ahead of schedule from a broken leg and may return for part of the regular season. Alex Chiasson has put on 15 pounds since Christmas (and it wasn't because of the turkey and stuffing) and feels healthier and stronger as the Stars head into the final quarter of the season. He was regarded as the Stars' top rookie heading into the season but Valeri Nichushkin has surpassed him.

 

DETROIT

 

Games this week

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

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: vs. New Jersey (Friday)

 

Notes

The Red Wings play three games in four nights and four games this week, so look for Jonas Gustavsson to play at least once for Jimmy Howard. Johan Franzen returned on Wednesday from a concussion that forced him to miss 22 of the previous 23 games. He assisted on both goals to lead the Red Wings to a one goal win. Todd Bertuzzi scored on Wednesday after being a healthy scratch the previous eight games. Gustav Nyquist has six goals in his last six games and has three of the Red Wings last seven power play goals. He is owned in only 34 percent of Yahoo! pools and will see a lot more action with Henrik Zetterberg gone for the remainder of the regular season. The Red Wings play the Devils twice this week so look for Kyle Quincey to add to his minutes count if there is any rough stuff.


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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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