Michael Finewax

The Week Ahead

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Yahoo! Playoff Stretch Drive

Friday, March 14, 2014


The playoffs get underway in Yahoo! pools this week so here is each team's games the rest of the way.


Anaheim - 14 (3,3,4,4)

Boston - 15 (4,4,3,4)

Buffalo - 14 (3,3,4,4)

Calgary - 14 (3,4,3,4)

Carolina - 14 (3,3,4,4)

Chicago - 14 (4,4,3,3)

Colorado - 14 (4,3,4,3)

Columbus - 14 (3,3,4,4)

Dallas - 14 (3,4,4,3)

Detroit - 15 (4,4,3,4)

Edmonton -13 (3,3,4,3)

Florida - 14 (4,3,4,3)

Los Angeles - 14 (3,4,4,3)

Minnesota - 15 (5,3,3,4)

Montreal - 13 (3,4,3,3)

Nashville - 14 (4,4,2,4)

New Jersey - 14 (4,2,4,4)

NY Islanders - 13 (2,3,4,4)

NY Rangers - 13 (3,4,3,3)

Ottawa - 15 (3,4,4,4)

Philadelphia - 15 (3,4,4,4)

Phoenix -  14 (3,4,3,4)

Pittsburgh - 15 (4,4,4,3)

San Jose - 13 (3,4,3,3)

St. Louis - 15 (4,3,4,4)

Tampa Bay -  15 (4,4,3,4)

Toronto - 13 (4,3,3,3)

Vancouver - 12 (3,3,2,4)

Washington - 13 (3,3,3,4)

Winnipeg - 13 (3,3,4,3)


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Now to The Week Ahead.





5 Games - Minnesota


4 Games- Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Florida, Nashville, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Toronto


3 Games– Anaheim, Buffalo, Calgary, Carolina, Colorado, Dallas, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York Rangers, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Jose, Vancouver, Washington, Winnipeg


2 Games - New York Islanders


Florida, Minnesota and Nashville play four games on the road.


New Jersey plays all four games at home.


Chicago, Detroit, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Jose play three games at home.


Boston, Buffalo, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Washington play three games on the road.




Rich Peverley (heart) is out for the season and possibly his career but the good news is that he is alive after collapsing at the bench Monday. (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.




Games this week

vs. Washington, @ San Jose, vs. Florida


Rested team: vs. Florida (Sunday)

Tired Team: None



The Ducks have been slumping of late and have allowed St. Louis to pass them in the Western Conference standings and have San Jose come to within two points in the Pacific as they are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games. They were particularly poor on Wednesday as Jonas Hiller gave up three goals on only five shots before being pulled as the Ducks dropped a 7-2 decision to lowly Calgary. Ryan Getzlaf has three goals and eight points in his last 10 games but has not found the back of the net in his last six. The Ducks sent Rickard Rakell has been sent to Norfolk of the AHL as he had only one point in nine NHL games. Look for Stephane Robidas to make his Anaheim debut on March 18.




Games this week

vs. Minnesota, @ New Jersey, @ Colorado, @ Phoenix


Rested team: None

Tired Team: @ New Jersey (Tuesday) @ Phoenix (Saturday)



The Bruins play four games this week but not three games in four nights. Nevertheless, look for Chad Johnson to play at least once in place of Tuukka Rask. Zdeno Chara has 15 goals this season but only 14 assists. There are not too many times that you see a defenseman with more goals than assists. Dougie Hamilton is struggling this season and was a healthy scratch for the second game in a row on Wednesday. He likely could use some time in the minors to gain some confidence and playing time but that is unlikely. Daniel Paille could be back as early as March 15 from a concussion he suffered on Sunday. Jarome Iginla scored his 20th goal of the season on Sunday and he moved into 26th all-time as it was also his 550th goal of his career. 




Games this week

@ Calgary, @ Edmonton, @ Vancouver


Rested team: None

Tired Team:  None



The Sabres are in Western Canada all week. Chris Stewart is out four-five weeks with an ankle injury and is likely out for the season, although it's possible that he will return for the final game of the season. He only played twice for the Sabres after being part of the Ryan Miller trade. Drew Stafford now is the longest serving Sabre on the current roster, replacing the traded Ryan Miller. Stafford is playing with Tyler Ennis and Cory Conacher. Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth will likely split the net the rest of the season.




Games this week

vs. Buffalo, vs. Nashville, @ Edmonton


Rested team: None

Tired Team: @ Edmonton (Saturday)



Joni Ortio has started the last five games in a row as the Flames are giving him every opportunity to grab the net, especially with the injury to Karri Ramo. He is 3-2 in this stretch, giving up 11 goals on 116 shots as the Flames are certainly cutting down giving their opponents shots on net. Curtis Glencross played on Wednesday for the first time since December 21 with an ankle injury. He was held off the scoresheet despite the Flames putting seven goals past Anaheim goaltenders. Brian McGrattan has three goals this season with two coming in back-to-back games this past week.




Games this week

@ Columbus, @ Chicago, vs. Winnipeg


Rested team: None

Tired Team: vs. Winnipeg (Saturday)



Look for the Hurricanes to give Cam Ward another shot to regain the net as Anton Khudobin has slowed down after a great start. The Hurricanes have a good top-six as Jordan Staal is centering Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty while brother Eric is centering rookie Elias Lindholm and Jeff Skinner. J. Staal has three goals and seven points in his last four games. Skinner has 26 goals and 44 points in 55 games but loses fantasy value with his minus-13 rating. Andrej Sekera has been a fantasy force on the blueline with 11 goals and 41 points with a plus-seven rating and 14 power play points.




Games this week

@ Philadelphia, vs. St. Louis, vs. Carolina, vs. Nashville


Rested team: None

Tired Team: vs. St. Louis (Wednesday)



The Blackhawks play four games including three times in four nights so look for Antti Raanta to play at least once in place of Corey Crawford. With Marian Hossa out of action, Ben Smith has been getting some power play time. Look for Hossa (upper body) to return to action this week. Brandon Saad has been a revelation this season with 44 points and a plus-29 rating in 66 games. Sheldon Brookbank was used as a forward on Wednesday, alongside Bryan Bickell and Kris Versteeg but don't look for Brookbank to pick up any fantasy stats.




Games this week

@ Montreal, @ Winnipeg, vs. Boston


Rested team: None

Tired Team: @ Winnipeg (Wednesday)



The Avalanche play three times in four days this week so look for Jean-Sebastien Giguere to play once this week in place of Semyon Varlamov. P. A. Parenteau suffered a medial collateral ligament injury and is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season. Jamie McGinn will get the first shot at taking over his spot on the top line with Ryan O'Reilly and Matt Duchene. Giguere is looking to retire at the end of the season so the Avs are looking to re-sign Reto Berra who they picked up from Calgary at the trade deadline. The Avs have passed the Blackhawks in the Western Conference standings.




Games this week

vs. Carolina, @ Montreal, vs. New York Rangers, @ New York Islanders


Rested team: None

Tired Team: vs. New York Rangers (Friday)



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.  Cam Atkinson was a healthy scratch for the last three games but he could return to the lineup as Blake Comeau was suspended for a couple of games because he boarded Brendan Smith of the Red Wings. Boone Jenner has 12 goals but four have been game winners. Nathan Horton has not scored in the last 15 games. It's not a surprise as most players who have off-season surgery and miss at least half a season, need the rest of the season and the following off-season to return to form.




Games this week

@ Pittsburgh, @ Philadelphia, vs. Ottawa


Rested team: None

Tired Team: None



The big story in the NHL this past week was a tough one for the Stars as Rich Peverley, who has had heart problems since training camp, collapsed at the bench after a shift as he had a cardiac event. Doctors quickly worked on him and revived him but the rest of the players were too distraught and the game was postponed with only 6:23 minutes gone in the first period. Alex Chiasson missed Tuesday's game as he was too upset and shaken up to travel with the team. Peverley was released from hospital on Wednesday night but will not be able to return this season as he will need a medical procedure. Kari Lehtonen skated before practice on Thursday as he has been out since March 8 with a concussion. 




Games this week

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


Rested team: None

Tired Team: None



The Red Wings play four games this week and also play three games in four nights so look for Jimmy Howard to play three times with Jonas Gustavsson playing once if he has recovered from his groin injury. If not, then look to Petr Mrazek to get the other start. The Red Wings play a home-and-home series against the Wild and if there are fisticuffs, expect to see Kyle Quincey to get involved. Tomas Jurco is out at least 10-14 days with a rib injury, so the injury-depleted Red Wings recalled Teemu Pulkkinen from the minors. Joakim Andersson is out for a couple of weeks with a broken foot. Daniel Alfredsson has not found the back of the net since the Olympic break, a span of seven games.

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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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