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The Final Week

Friday, April 04, 2014


It's the final week of the season and I want to take this time to thank a few people including all our writers including Brian Rosenbaum, Ryan Dadoun, Corey Abbott, Kevin Brown, James O'Brien, Marty York, Jimmy Hascup, Mitch Goldenberg, Antti Makinen and Gus Katsaros on a great season.

 

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Now to The Week Ahead.

 

 

WEEK OF APRIL 7-13

 

4 Games- Anaheim, Boston, Buffalo, Calgary, Carolina, Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, Nashville, New Jersey, New York Islanders, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Washington

 

3 Games–Chicago, Edmonton, Florida, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Toronto, Winnipeg

 

Colorado plays all four games on the road.

 

Dallas, Edmonton, Florida, Nashville, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Vancouver play three games at home.

 

Boston, Carolina, Columbus, Detroit, the New York Islanders, Philadelphia and Toronto play three games on the road.

 

INJURIES

 

Jonathan Toews is out for the remainder of the regular season with an upper body injury. (Click here to see the rest of the injury list.)

 

Editor's Note: Rotoworld's partner FanDuel is hosting a $1,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Friday's NHL games. It's $10 to join and first prize is $200. Starts Friday at 7pm ET. Here's the FanDuel link.

 

ANAHEIM

 

Games this week

@ Vancouver, vs. San Jose, @ Los Angeles, vs. Colorado

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: @ Vancouver (Monday), vs. Colorado (Sunday)

 

Notes

The Ducks are one of seven teams who do not play three games in four nights but they still manage to play four times this week so it appears that Fredrik Andersen should get at least one start instead of Jonas Hiller. Andersen has started the last three games so Hiller owners could be concerned. Ryan Getzlaf is second in scoring with 84 points in 72 games, trailing only Sidney Crosby. Mathieu Perreault had his nine game scoring streak come to an end on Wednesday. Patrick Maroon saw his five game point streak end in the same game.

 

BOSTON

 

Games this week

@ Minnesota, @ Winnipeg, vs. Buffalo, @ New Jersey

 

Rested team: @ Minnesota (Tuesday)

Tired Team: @ New Jersey (Sunday)

 

Notes

The Bruins play three games in four nights as part of a four game week.  Chad Johnson is expected to play at least once in place of Tuukka Rask. After a long winning streak, the Bruins have only one point in their last two games. Jarome Iginla was named the NHL's first star for the month of March with 13 goals and 17 points in 17 games. Iginla inked a one-year contract in the summer and the Bruins would love to re-sign him. Patrice Bergeron was the second star of the week with five goals and six points in four games. Defenseman Zdeno Chara has 17 goals this season with 10 on the power play. He has played a lot in front of the net during the pp and that has certainly helped in the goal scoring department.

 

BUFFALO

 

Games this week

vs. Detroit, @ New York Rangers, @ Boston, vs. New York Islanders

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: vs. New York Islanders (Sunday)

 

Notes

The Sabres play three games in four nights as part of a four game week. They are still missing Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth to injury so they are relying on Nathan Lieuwen and Matthew Hackett to tend to the net. The Sabres signed Jake McCabe to a three year entry level contract and the defenseman made his NHL debut on Thursday as he played 16:20 minutes with one hit. Ville Leino still has yet to score in 53 games. He had the shootout winner on Tuesday but his time in the NHL may be drawing to a close. Tyler Ennis could be the only Sabre with 20 goals as Cody Hodgson is second with 18.

 

CALGARY

 

Games this week

@ New Jersey, vs. Los Angeles, vs. Winnipeg, @ Vancouver

 

Rested team: vs. Winnipeg (Friday), @ Vancouver (Sunday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Flames play four times this week so look for Joey MacDonald to play once with Karri Ramo playing in three. Mark Giordano has been named the Flames nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy. He is second on the Flames in points, trailing only Jiri Hudler. Matt Stajan has been playing very well since returning to action as he has three goals and eight points in his last seven games. Bryce Van Brabant made his NHL debut on Tuesday after signing a two-year/two-way contract and had a minor penalty in the contest.

 

CAROLINA

 

Games this week

@ New York Rangers, vs. Washington, @ Detroit, @ Philadelphia

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: @ Philadelphia (Sunday)

 

Notes

The Hurricanes play four times this week including three games in four nights. Anton Khudobin and Cam Ward should split the net this week. Jiri Tlusty has only 14 goals and 26 points in 65 games this season after a 23 goal season in 2013 when the NHL played a shortened 48 game schedule. With Andrej Sekera also out with an injury, the Hurricanes are limping towards the finish line. Rookie Elias Lindholm has a bright future in the NHL and had a couple of goals for the first time in his NHL career on Sunday.     

 

CHICAGO

 

Games this week

vs. Montreal, @ Washington, @ Nashville

 

Rested team: @ Washington (Friday)

Tired Team: @ Nashville (Saturday)

 

Notes

The Blackhawks play three times in four nights so look for Antti Raanta to play once in place of Corey Crawford. Jonathan Toews suffered an upper body injury and is gone for the remainder of the regular season. The Blackhawks hope to get both him and Patrick Kane (lower body) back for the start of the playoffs and they could be in trouble if both remain out. Teuvo Teravainen is highly regarded but Chicago will move him in and out of the lineup during the last 10 days of the regular season as part of his learning process. Do not forget about him next season, especially in keeper leagues.

  

COLORADO

 

Games this week

@ Edmonton, @ Vancouver, @ San Jose, @ Anaheim

 

Rested team: @ Anaheim (Sunday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Avalanche play three games in four nights as part of a four game week so expect to see Jean-Sebastien Giguere to play once in place of Semyon Varlamov. Defensemen Tyson Barrie and Andre Benoit have been pleasant surprises offensively for the Avs as Barrie has 11 goals and 34 points in only 59 games while Benoit has seven goals and 28 points in 73 games. Both see lots of time on the power play. Matt Duchene will be lost to the Avs for another two-three weeks with a knee injury that will likely force him to miss the first round of the playoffs. Cody McLeod has a leg injury after he crashed awkwardly into the boards when hit on Thursday. There is no word at this time as to the severity of the injury.       

           

COLUMBUS

 

Games this week

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

 

 

Rested team: @ Florida (Sunday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Columbus Blue Jackets play four times this week including three in four nights. Sergei Bobrovsky should play three times with Curtis McElhinney seeing action in one game. Nathan Horton is day-to-day with a lower body injury. He should be a lot better next season as it's tough for a player to miss all of training camp in addition to half the season and then expect him to come back and play a good second half. Everyone tends to struggle and Horton is no exception. R.J. Umberger continues to be shuffled in and out of the lineup as he was a healthy scratch on Tuesday for the fourth time in the last month but he played 13:17 minutes Thursday in a 2-0 win.

 

DALLAS

 

Games this week

vs. Nashville, vs. Columbus, vs. St. Louis, @ Phoenix

 

Rested team: vs. St. Louis (Friday), @ Phoenix (Sunday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Stars play four games including three times in four nights so expect to see Tim Thomas at least once in goal for Kari Lehtonen. The Stars have been on fire of late, at least until lowly Carolina knocked them off their perch on Thursday. They are tied for the last playoff spot with Phoenix and have one game in hand with 10 days left in the regular season. Radek Faksa, the Stars first round pick in 2013, will play the rest of the season for the Texas Stars of the AHL after his OHL season ended. He had only 21 goals and 46 points in 59 games.

 

DETROIT

 

Games this week

@ Buffalo, @ Pittsburgh, vs. Carolina, @ St. Louis

 

Rested team: vs. Carolina (Friday)

Tired Team: @ Pittsburgh (Wednesday)

 

Notes

The Red Wings play three games in four nights so look for Jimmy Howard to play at least twice with Jonas Gustavsson tending the net at least once this week. The Red Wings continue to amaze as they are missing so many regulars in their lineup and continue to win. Gustav Nyquist has been a huge boon to the Red Wings as he has 28 goals and 46 points in 51 games including 12 goals and 18 points in 15 games in March as he was named the NHL's second star of the month. Pavel Datsyuk hopes to return on April 4 but the news is not as good for Henrik Zetterberg who underwent back surgery and will need the Red Wings to make a nice playoff run before he is able to return to the lineup.


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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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