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Chris Summers All-Star Chance

Friday, March 21, 2014


This is the second time I've been in Phoenix, with the first time being from January 14-21, 2012.

 

I went to two Coyotes games in 2012, the first on the 16th and the second on the 19th. Defenseman Chris Summers had three points in those two games and never had a point before or since in an NHL game until I arrived on Saturday morning. Lo and behold, Summers scored the first goal of his NHL career Saturday night. I've been in Phoenix for three home games and he has four points while not scoring at all in his other 32 NHL games.

 

I think it would be a good idea for Summers (or the Coyotes) to pay my way to Phoenix for the rest of his career as he can score like Bobby Orr when I'm around.

 

Just a thought. :)

 

By the way, Summers had seven penalty minutes on Thursday night... I leave Sunday.

 

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Now to The Week Ahead.

 

 

WEEK OF MARCH 24-30

 

 

4 Games- Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Montreal, Nashville, New York Rangers, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Tampa Bay

 

3 Games– Anaheim, Buffalo, Carolina, Colorado, Columbus, Edmonton, Florida, Minnesota, New York Islanders, St. Louis, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington, Winnipeg

 

2 Games -  New Jersey

 

Calgary, Edmonton, Florida, Nashville, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh play three games at home.

 

Anaheim, Chicago, Los Angeles, Montreal, Phoenix, San Jose and Winnipeg play three games on the road.

 

 

INJURIES

 

Patrick Kane is out three weeks with a lower body injury. (Click here to see the rest of the injury list.)


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ANAHEIM

 

Games this week

@ Calgary, @ Edmonton, @ Vancouver

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: @ Vancouver (Saturday)

 

Notes

The Ducks are in Western Canada all week and play three games in four nights so look for Fredrik Andersen to play once in place of Jonas Hiller. It's unlikely that Cam Fowler will return during the regular season as he is out three-five weeks with a sprained MCL. Look for rookie Hampus Lindholm to take over his spot on the power play point. Nick Bonino missed practice on Wednesday after blocking a shot on Tuesday. The Ducks power play has gone into the dumper as they have found the back of the net only three times in their last 50 chances. They had the worst power play at the start of the season and it has reverted back to more of the same lately. Stephane Robidas played for the first time on Tuesday since breaking his leg on November 29.

 

 

BOSTON

 

Games this week

vs. Montreal, vs. Chicago, @ Washington, @ Philadelphia

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: @ Philadelphia (Sunday)

 

Notes

The Bruins play four games this week including three games in four nights.  Chad Johnson is expected to play at least once in place of Tuukka Rask. Jarome Iginla is hot as he has scored in each of his last four games and is now up to 26 goals on the season for the Bruins, leading the team. He has scored 30 or more goals 11 times in his NHL career and with 13 games to go this season, number 12 is certainly within reach. Reilly Smith was in a horrible goal scoring drought as he had not found the back of the net in 15 straight games before scoring his 19th of the season on Monday. Brad Marchand's goal against the Devils was his 22nd of the season and he leads the NHL in shorthanded goals with five.

 

BUFFALO

 

Games this week

@ Montreal, @ Nashville, vs. Tampa Bay

 

Rested team: @ Montreal (Tuesday)

Tired Team:  None

 

Notes

The Sabres finish a five game road trip when they play in Nashville on Thursday. Cody Hodgson returned to center Thursday after spending time on the wing. He was between Cory Conacher and Torrey Mitchell. Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth are both out of action so the Sabres were forced to recall Matthew Hackett and Nathan Lieuwen. The Sabres are hoping that Neuvirth will be back on the 23rd. The Sabres had scored only six goals in their last seven games before Thursday's three goal outburst, with Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis being the only goal scorers. Cory Conacher scored twice Thursday while Stafford now has 11 goals and 18 points in his last 20 games.

 

CALGARY

 

Games this week

vs. San Jose, vs. Anaheim, vs. New York Rangers, @ Ottawa

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

It was nice to see Matt Stajan return to the Calgary lineup on Tuesday after missing eight games due to the unfortunate death of his infant son. We wish the Stajan family the best. The Flames sent Corban Knight to the minors after he played seven games during his recall. He potted one goal. Calgary inked Kenneth Agostino to a two-year deal. Agostino was picked up in the Jarome Iginla deal from Pittsburgh. Michael Cammalleri has been hot of late with seven goals and 10 points in his last nine games. Joni Ortio has been good in net for Calgary as he is 4-4 with a 2.16 GAA and a .906 save percentage since taking over from the injured Karri Ramo.

 

CAROLINA

 

Games this week

vs. New York Islanders, @ Florida, vs. Columbus

 

Rested team: vs. Columbus (Saturday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The flu bug may be going through the Carolina Hurricanes dressing room as Elias Lindholm and Justin Faulk both sat out Tuesday with illnesses. Anton Khudobin was outstanding on Tuesday as he stopped 46 of 47 shots in a 3-1 win over Columbus to up his record to 15-10-0 with a 2.25 GAA and a .928 save percentage heading into action on Thursday. John-Michael Liles has started to skate again after suffering a concussion on March 7. Jiri Tlusty has missed two games with a lower body injury.     

 

CHICAGO

 

Games this week

vs. Dallas, @ Boston, @ Ottawa, @ Pittsburgh

 

Rested team: vs. Dallas (Tuesday)

Tired Team: @ Ottawa (Friday)

 

Notes

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. Patrick Kane is out for at least three weeks with a lower body injury believed to be his leg, after a collision with the Blues' Brenden Morrow. The Blackhawks are hoping that Kane will be okay for the start of the playoffs. Duncan Keith has been heating it up on the scoresheet as he has goals in back-to-back games after going 30 contests without scoring. Ben Smith has two goals and three points in his last three games to give him 22 points in 63 games this season.

  

COLORADO

 

Games this week

@ Nashville, vs. Vancouver, vs. San Jose

 

Rested team: vs. Vancouver (Thursday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

Reto Berra's first game as an Av was a less than positive one as he gave up five goals on only 27 shots in a 5-4 OT loss to Winnipeg. Paul Stastny returned to the Colorado lineup on Tuesday and had an assist. He missed four games with a back injury and then sat out again on Wednesday so he obviously is not 100 percent. Jamie McGinn is on a five game scoring streak with three goals and seven points to give him 18 goals and 33 points this season. Gabriel Landeskog is having a very nice season with 21 goals, 56 points, a plus-18 rating and 53 penalty minutes. He also has 150 hits.

 

COLUMBUS

 

Games this week

vs. Detroit, vs. Pittsburgh, @ Carolina

 

Rested team: vs. Pittsburgh (Friday)

Tired Team: @ Carolina (Saturday)

 

Notes

The Columbus Blue Jackets will play the remainder of their suspended game against Dallas on April 9 and that gives them eight games in 12 nights to finish the NHL schedule. Jared Boll has been activated off injured reserve after missing action with a broken ankle since November 22. Pick him up if you need penalty minutes. The Blue Jackets got Fedor Tyutin back on Saturday after he missed nine games when he was injured during the Olympics. His steadying influence on the blueline will help Columbus in the stretch drive for the playoffs.

 

DALLAS

 

Games this week

vs. Winnipeg, @ Chicago, vs. Nashville, @ St. Louis

 

Rested team: vs. Nashville (Friday)

Tired Team: @ Chicago (Tuesday), @ St. Louis (Saturday)

 

Notes

The Stars play four times this week so expect to see Tim Thomas at least once in goal for Kari Lehtonen. Rich Peverley had his surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm fixed on Tuesday. Tyler Seguin is up to a career best 31 goals as the Stars made a great trade to get a young star in the off-season from Boston. Valeri Nichushkin has only two assists in 10 games since the Olympic break but his overall stats of 13 goals and 30 points with a plus-17 rating is terrific for the just turned 19-year-old. Sergei Gonchar continues to be a disappointment with only two goals and 20 points this season.

 

DETROIT

 

Games this week

@ Columbus, vs. Montreal,  @Toronto, vs. Tampa Bay

 

Rested team: vs. Toronto (Saturday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

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 Petr Mrazek playing once if Jonas Gustavsson is still unable to go. Pavel Datsyuk will be re-evaluated this week as he is still out with a knee injury. It was thought that he would have returned by now as he was projected to be out three weeks after the Olympics but that has come and gone and he is still not back in the Detroit lineup. Jonathan Ericsson is out 10-14 days after breaking a finger. The Red Wings have been decimated by injuries and this past week has been no different.


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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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