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The Week Ahead

Avs will miss Nathan MacKinnon

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

There’s lots of games as the NHL is back in full force this week. Let’s get right to the column.

 

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WEEK OF FEBRUARY 5-11

 

 

4 Games – Anaheim, Boston, Buffalo, Calgary, Colorado, Dallas, Edmonton, Nashville, New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, St. Louis,  San Jose, Vancouver

 

3 Games – Arizona, Carolina, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Vegas, Washington, Winnipeg

 

2 Games - Florida, Montreal

 

Colorado, Nashville and Vancouver play all four games on the road.

 

Boston, Colorado, Edmonton and Philadelphia play three games on the road.

 

Buffalo, Carolina, Dallas, the New York Islanders, St. Louis, Toronto and Winnipeg play three games at home.

 

INJURIES

 

Nathan MacKinnon is out two-four weeks with an upper body injury. (Click here to see the rest of the injury list.)

 

Note: A tired team is one that has played the day or night before and is going against a team that did not play the previous day or night. The reverse is true for a rested team.

 

ANAHEIM

 

Games this week

@ Toronto, @ Buffalo, vs. Edmonton, vs. San Jose

 

Rested Team: vs. San Jose (Sunday)

Tired Team: @ Buffalo (Tuesday)

 

Notes

The Ducks conclude their five game road trip in Buffalo. They play four times this week so look for Ryan Miller to play once with John Gibson getting the call, if healthy, on three occasions. Gibson is currently day-to-day with a lower body injury and if he is unable to go, Miller will go three times with Reto Berra getting the call once. Ryan Getzlaf thinks that all the time he has missed this season (24 games) will make him a lot fresher come playoff time. I’ve been saying that for years and it worked with the Penguins last season. Adam Henrique has played quality fantasy hockey since his arrival in Anaheim as he has 17 points in 27 games for the Ducks. There is no word on the return of Patrick Eaves who has played only two games this season. He has Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

 

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ARIZONA

 

Games this week

@ Winnipeg, @ Minnesota, vs. Philadelphia  

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

Max Domi continues to line up at center but GM John Chayka says that he eventually will move back to the wing. It’s not working out in the middle as he has only five points in 17 games. Antti Raanta is giving the Coyotes proper goaltending of late as he has not given up more than two goals in each of his last five games heading into action Thursday. He is only 8-13-5 but has decent peripherals of 2.56 GAA and a .919 save percentage. Looking at the Coyotes stats, they look like a Canadian weather map with everything in the minus. The Coyotes recalled Kyle Capobianco as they put fellow defenseman Jason Demers on the injured reserve list with an upper body injury.

 

BOSTON

 

Games this week

@ Detroit, @ New York Rangers, vs. Buffalo, @ New Jersey

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: @ New York Rangers (Wednesday)

 

Notes

The red-hot Bruins play four games this week including a pair of back-to-back games so it could be Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin sharing the net. Brad Marchand was suspended for five games and Danton Heinen moved up to the first line with Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak in his place. Anders Bjork was recalled for Tuesday’s game and suffered an upper body injury so he will be day-to-day for now. Charlie McAvoy could be back as early as February 3 after undergoing a heart ablation. Jake DeBrusk has only one goal in his last six games but the rookie is having a nice season with 11 goals and 26 points in 46 games. He is seeing second line action at this time with David Krejci and Ryan Spooner.

 

BUFFALO

 

Games this week

vs. Anaheim, vs. New York Islanders, @ Boston, vs. Colorado

 

Rested Team: vs. Anaheim (Tuesday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Sabres play three games in four nights as part of a four game schedule. Robin Lehner should get three starts with Chad Johnson getting the start in net once. Evander Kane practiced on the top line Wednesday with Jack Eichel and Kyle Okposo while Sam Reinhart is playing alongside Ryan O’Reilly and Scott Wilson. Kane has only four goals in his last 29 games heading into action on Thursday. Eichel was the NHL’s second star of the week with two goals and five points in three games. He saw his seven game points streak end a week ago in which he had 14 points. Zach Bogosian will have season-ending hip surgery.  Reinhart has eight points in his last seven games.          

 

CALGARY

 

Games this week

@ Chicago, @ New Jersey, @ New York Rangers, @ New York Islanders

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: @ New York Rangers (Friday)

 

Notes

The Flames play four games on the road this week including three games in four nights. Mike Smith should start three games with David Rittich getting the crease once. The Flames decided to part company with Jaromir Jagr and loaned him to HC Kladno of the Czech League after he cleared waivers. His NHL career looks to be over at the age of 45. Calgary plays the back end of a home-and-home series with Chicago this week so look for Matthew Tkachuk to add to his penalty minute count. Tkachuk has been scoring of late with three goals in his last four games heading into action Thursday. He has 36 points in 49 games. The Flames have not had the scoring from the blueline that they expected this season. Dougie Hamilton leads with 26 points in 51 games, three ahead of Mark Giordano and four ahead of T.J. Brodie.

 

CAROLINA

 

Games this week

vs. Philadelphia, vs. Vancouver, vs. Colorado  

 

Rested Team: vs. Vancouver (Friday)

Tired Team:  vs. Colorado (Saturday)

 

Notes

The Hurricanes are home for all three games this week as they continue their eight game home stand.  There have been rumors that the Hurricanes are ready to trade their starting goalie Cam Ward but coach Bill Peters wants to add to the team for a playoff run and not be sellers. Teuvo Teravainen has 40 points in 51 games, only two away from tying a career high set last season in 81 contests. Sebastian Aho returned from a concussion this week and scored in his first game back, giving him 38 points in 47 games. Ward is 4-1-1 in his last six games, giving up 12 goals, including five in a win over Montreal. Justin Williams is getting hot with six points in his last six games.

 

 CHICAGO

 

Games this week

vs. Calgary, vs. Dallas, @ Minnesota

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Blackhawks play the back end of a home-and-home series with Calgary this week so expect to see Ryan Hartman add to his penalty minutes total if there are any fisticuffs. It’s been 50 games this season and Duncan Keith has yet to find the back of the net.  Corey Crawford may get back on skates this week. Anton Forsberg has won two in a row as he has given up two goals on 67 shots. Alex DeBrincat at the tender age of 20 became the youngest Blackhawk to ever have two hat tricks in one season. The diminutive winger has 17 goals and 32 points in 49 games this season. Vinnie Hinostroza has a three game points streak in which he has two goals and four points. He has five goals and 13 points in 20 games this season.

 

COLORADO

 

Games this week

vs. San Jose, @ St. Louis, @ Carolina, @ Buffalo

 

Rested Team: @ Carolina (Saturday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Avalanche play four games his week including three games in four nights. Semyon Varlamov was activated off the injured reserve list Thursday and will likely split the net with Jonathan Bernier who played extremely well during Varlamov’s absence.  Bernier was the third star for the month of January as he went 8-3-0 with a 2.10 GAA and a .939 save percentage. Nathan MacKinnon will miss the next two-four weeks with an upper body injury. Alexander Kerfoot will replace him on the top line with Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog. Tyson Barrie returned to action after the All-Star game after missing over five weeks with a hand injury. He will be back on the first power play and Samuel Girard will lose some fantasy value.

 

COLUMBUS

 

Games this week

vs. Washington, @ Washington, vs. New Jersey

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: vs. New Jersey (Saturday)

 

Notes

The Blue Jackets play a home-and-home series against Washington so look for Josh Anderson or Nick Foligno to add to their minutes count if there is any rough stuff. Artemi Panarin will have to pick up his pace a bit if he hopes to get to the 70 point mark for the third season in a row. He has 41 points in 50 games and will need 29 in his last 32 to hit the mark. He does have seven in his last eight games. Brandon Dubinsky has returned to the Columbus lineup after missing 18 games with a fractured orbital bone. Seth Jones missed the All-Star game due to an illness but was not forced to missed Tuesday’s game much to the chagrin of Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau, contrary to NHL rules.

 

DALLAS

 

Games this week

vs. New York Rangers, @ Chicago, vs. Pittsburgh, vs. Vancouver

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: vs. Pittsburgh (Saturday)

 

Notes

The Stars play three games in four nights as part of their four game week. While Ben Bishop should get three starts, the Stars could go to a split of the netminding duties as Kari Lehtonen has played quite well of late. Lehtonen has won his last three starts and is 8-5-1 with a 2.31 GAA and a .915 save percentage, much better than last season’s 22-25-7 mark with a 2.85 GAA and a .902 save percentage. Resident tough guy Antoine Roussel has missed the last two games with a nasal infection but should be back this week as he has been skating. Alexander Radulov is having a great fantasy season for his owners in traditional leagues as he has 48 points and 48 penalty minutes in 51 games with 15 points on the power play.

 

DETROIT

 

Games this week

vs. Boston, @ New York Islanders, @ Washington

 

Rested Team: @ New York Islanders (Friday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

Petr Mrazek is finally showing the hockey world once again he is an NHL goalie after a year-and-a-half of mediocre play as he has won three of his last four, while giving up only five goals in his last five games. He is 6-5-2 with a 2.86 GAA and a .910 save percentage. On January 7, he was 3-4-1 with a 3.78 GAA and a .885 save percentage so he has been quite good of late. He is worth looking at in most leagues. Trevor Daley returned to action on Wednesday after missing three games and potted his sixth of the season. Justin Abdelkader also returned in the same game after missing six games with a groin injury. He played on the fourth line so his fantasy value is negligible at this time.

 

EDMONTON

 

Games this week

vs. Tampa Bay, @ Los Angeles, @ Anaheim, @ San Jose

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: @ San Jose (Saturday)

 

Notes   

The Oilers finally play some games this week as they are in action four times including three in four nights. Edmonton only played four games total in the last three weeks so it’s time to get your Oilers back in the lineup. Cam Talbot should return and play three games as he is out with an illness, while Al Montoya will get the call once if Talbot if healthy. Mike Cammalleri is seeing action on the top line with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl and that is a huge boost for his fantasy value. Adam Larsson is still out with a personal issue and the hope is that he is back this week. As much as most think that Draisaitl is having a disappointing season, he does have 42 points in 46 contests.

 

FLORIDA

 

Games this week

vs. Vancouver, vs. Los Angeles   

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Panthers play only twice this week. Harri Sateri has won two starts in a row since the All-Star break, after James Reimer went down with a groin injury and has given up only three goals on 65 shots. Roberto Luongo is getting close to a return according to coach Bob Boughner but has been out since December 4 so there could be some rust in his game upon his return. Defenseman Mike Matheson has three goals in his last 10 games to give him six this season. Keith Yandle had a three point night on Thursday and has eight points in his last nine games. Vincent Trocheck has three goals and 10 points in his last eight games as he is second in scoring on the Panthers with 47 points, trailing Jonathan Huberdeau by two points.

 

LOS ANGELES

 

Games this week

vs. Edmonton, @ Florida, @ Tampa Bay

 

Rested Team:  None

Tired Team: @ Tampa Bay (Saturday)

 

Notes

Alec Martinez left Thursday’s game with a lower body injury and did not return. Consider him day-to-day. It was not a great return to action for Jonathan Quick who missed a couple of games as well as the All-Star contest. He gave up five goals in 36 shots to the Predators and is 20-18-2 with a 2.51 GAA and a .918 save percentage. On December 10 he was 15-8-1 with a 2.18 GAA and a .930 save percentage so he has been well below par of late. The Kings play three games in four nights so Quick should get two starts with Darcy Kuemper playing once. Jeff Carter was seen skating near the end of practice on Wednesday and that has to be encouraging as he has been out with an ankle injury since October 18. Jake Muzzin saw his eight game points streak end on Thursday. He has 29 points in 48 games this season.

 

MINNESOTA

 

Games this week

@ St. Louis, vs. Arizona, vs. Chicago

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

Eric Staal saw his four game points streak end on Tuesday but still has 43 points in 50 games. Nino Niederreiter will return on February 2 after missing eight games with a lower body injury. Charlie Coyle snapped an eight game goalless drought on Tuesday. Jason Zucker hit the 20 goal mark in his 50th game after garnering 22 last season in 79 contests. He has been feistier this season as he already has 30 penalty minutes after picking up the same amount last year. The Wild were an outstanding team last season in plus/minus but have been less than stellar this season with only Jonas Brodin (plus-16) and Niederreiter (plus-11) above the plus-five mark.

 

MONTREAL

 

Games this week

@ Philadelphia, vs. Nashville

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

Could the Habs go from first in the Atlantic last season to the worst? It is possible as they are 14th in the Eastern Conference standings on Friday morning and are closer to the basement (nine points) than to the final playoff spot as they are 10 points in arrears of the Philadelphia Flyers. Carey Price has given up two goals in each of his last two games and is 0-2 to show for it as Montreal has scored only once. He finally got his GAA under 3.00 and it is sad that he was deemed to be the Canadiens choice for the All-Star game. Andrew Shaw is out four-six weeks with a lower body injury. Shea Weber has been out since December 16 and did not travel with the team this week. He has been sorely missed.

 

 NASHVILLE

 

 Games this week

@ New York Islanders, @ Toronto, @ Ottawa, @ Montreal

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: @ Ottawa (Thursday)

 

Notes

The Predators play four games this week including three in four nights. Pekka Rinne should get the start three times with Juuse Saros playing once. Rinne has to be considered for the Vezina along with Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tuukka Rask and Connor Hellebuyck at this time as he is 25-8-3 with a 2.29 GAA and a .928 save percentage. Ryan Johansen does not have a goal in his last 14 games but does have five helpers in his last four after a three assist night Thursday. Filip Forsberg had a goal and an assist Thursday after missing 11 games with an upper body injury. Nice return. Roman Josi has only one assist in his last five games. The Predators have six players with 30 or more points led by P.K. Subban with 38.

 

NEW JERSEY

 

Games this week

@ Ottawa, vs. Calgary, @ Columbus, vs. Boston

 

Rested Team: @ Columbus (Saturday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Devils play three times in four nights as part of a four game week. Cory Schneider is still out of action with a groin injury and if he is unable to go then Keith Kinkaid will play three games with Ken Appleby getting one start. It’s more likely that Schneider will be ready to go at some point if not at the beginning of the week so look for a split in net between Schneider and Kinkaid. Taylor Hall is on a nine-game scoring streak and has 50 points in 45 games. After going five games without a point, Kyle Palmieri has a pair of two point games. Brian Gibbons will be out another two-four weeks with a hand injury suffered on January 20. Nico Hischier has 31 points in 50 games.

 

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

 

Games this week

vs. Nashville, @ Buffalo, vs. Detroit, vs. Calgary

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: vs. Detroit (Friday)

 

Notes

The Islanders have the worst GAA in the league so it’s not great when they play four games in a week with three coming in four nights. Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss will likely share the net but at this point, there is no reason either should be in your lineup unless you are trying to drop in the standings. Mathew Barzal was named the rookie of the month for January. He had 15 points in 13 games and has 51 points to lead all rookies this season. He was a minus-four in Wednesday’s loss to the Maple Leafs. Andrew Ladd returned on Wednesday after missing close to four weeks with an upper body injury. The Islanders will be returning to Nassau Coliseum while their Belmont arena is being built, at least part time, as 60 of their 143 games in the next three seasons will take place on Long Island.

 

NEW YORK RANGERS

 

Games this week

@ Dallas, vs. Boston, vs. Calgary, @ Winnipeg  

 

Rested Team: vs. Boston (Wednesday), vs. Calgary (Friday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Rangers play four games this week and there is some concern with the play of Henrik Lundqvist who has been pulled in his last two games for the first time in his career. Ondrej Pavelec has been seeing a lot more playing time than it was thought of late and that cannot help the Rangers chances of making the post-season. Lundqvist has given up 10 goals in his last 49 shots. Pavel Buchnevich suffered an upper body injury Thursday and did not return. Consider him day-to-day for now. Kevin Shattenkirk (knee surgery) has started upper body exercises but his return before the end of the regular season is still up in the air. The Rangers could be sellers come the February 26th trade deadline. 

 

OTTAWA

 

Games this week

vs. New Jersey, vs. Nashville, @ Toronto

 

Rested Team: vs. Nashville (Thursday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

After only one point in seven games, Erik Karlsson has three points in his last two games.  It’s hard to believe that after taking the Penguins to double overtime in Game 7 of the Conference Finals, Ottawa is currently the third worst team in the NHL.  They will be sellers at the trade deadline. Well that didn’t last long. It was thought that Magnus Paajarvi who was claimed off waivers from St. Louis, would see second line action with Ryan Dzingel and Derick Brassard but he was quickly put on the fourth line with Nate Thompson and Alex Burrows. Mark Stone is still out with a knee injury suffered on January 20. He is day-to-day at this time.

 

PHILADELPHIA

 

Games this week

@ Carolina, vs. Montreal, @ Arizona, @ Vegas

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: @ Vegas (Sunday)

 

Notes

The Flyers play three games in four nights as part of their four game week. Look for Michal Neuvirth to play once with Brian Elliott getting three starts in goal if healthy for Philadelphia. Elliott is currently on the injured reserve list and if he is unable to go then Alex Lyon would likely get one start. Jakub Voracek had a pair of assists and has 50 helpers in 51 games. Add in his 10 goals and Voracek is third in the NHL in points, four behind Nikita Kucherov and one behind the injured Nathan MacKinnon. Claude Giroux matched last season’s point total with an assist Thursday and has 58 points in 51 contests. Wayne Simmonds is coming on of late with 11 points in his last 14 games.

 

PITTSBURGH

 

Games this week

vs. Vegas, @ Dallas, @ St. Louis

 

Rested Team: @ Dallas (Friday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

Evgeni Malkin was named the first star for the month of January with 12 goals and 19 points in 12 games. Conor Sheary is week-to-week with a lower body injury. After a great sophomore season in which he had 23 goals and 53 points in 61 games, Sheary has only 12 goals and 19 points in 52 games this season with a minus-eight rating. He was plus-24 last season. Sidney Crosby is red-hot of late as he is on a 10-game scoring streak and has three goals and 20 points in that stretch with at least one assist in every game. Matt Murray finally returned to action after the passing of his father and gave up a couple of goals on 42 shots. He looks to be back to form after a brutal time of late.

  

ST. LOUIS

 

Games this week

vs. Minnesota, vs. Colorado, @ Winnipeg, vs. Pittsburgh

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: @ Winnipeg (Friday)

 

Notes

The Blues play four games this week including three in four nights. Carter Hutton has taken over as the top dog in net and should play twice if not three times, with Jake Allen getting the remainder of the starts. Allen got his first start this week in three weeks and stopped 43-of-45 shots but still dropped a 3-1 decision to Boston. Jaden Schwartz returned to the lineup after missing 20 games with an ankle injury and scored the lone goal on Thursday. His return will help Brayden Schenn who was not the same player with Schwartz out of the lineup and not on his line. Vladimir Tarasenko is having a nice season but not what poolies were hoping for as he has 21 goals and 47 points in 53 games.

 

SAN JOSE

 

Games this week

@ Colorado, vs. Vegas, vs. Edmonton, @ Anaheim

 

Rested Team: vs. Edmonton (Saturday)

Tired Team: @ Anaheim (Sunday)

 

Notes

The Sharks play four games this week including three games in four nights so look for
Aaron Dell and Martin Jones to split the net. Dell had played in five of six games before Jones grabbed both starts this past week. Joe Thornton could miss the remainder of the regular season after undergoing right knee surgery. He was having a good comeback season with 36 points in 47 games before the injury. Brent Burns saw his seven game points streak end on Wednesday but still he has been the top blueliner of late and has eight goals and 42 points in 50 games. The only drawback is his minus-23 rating. Kevin Labanc has 27 points in 45 games and could make a nice addition in deep pools.

 

TAMPA BAY

 

Games this week

@ Edmonton, vs. Vancouver, vs. Los Angeles

 

Rested team: vs. Los Angeles (Saturday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Lightning finish up their seven game road trip in Edmonton, before returning home to face Vancouver. Mikhail Sergachev returned to action this week after being a healthy scratch for a couple of games before the All-Star break. Victor Hedman returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing less than three weeks with his lower body injury. He has been the top blueliner in the NHL this season and the leading contender for the Norris Trophy. The Lightning could do quite well at the NHL awards show in June as Nikita Kucherov has to be the favorite for the Hart while Andrei Vasilevskiy has been the top goaltender in the NHL this season. Matthew Peca has five points in five games with all five coming in the last three games.

 

TORONTO

Games this week

vs. Anaheim, vs. Nashville, vs. Ottawa  

 

Rested team:  None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Maple Leafs are working on a couple of shutouts since the All-Star break as first Frederik Andersen shutout the Islanders Wednesday and then Curtis McElhinney made 25 saves in slamming the door on the Rangers 4-0 at MSG. The Leafs recalled Justin Holl on an emergency basis from the Marlies and the 26-year-old defenseman, who had never played a game in the NHL, responded with a goal in each of his first two games. That has never been done in Leafs history. Matt Martin has been a healthy scratch in four straight games and it may be tough getting back in the lineup as the Leafs have been hot. Nikita Zaitsev returned to the lineup Wednesday after missing 17 games with a broken foot. Morgan Rielly (upper body) is skating but not ready to return. He has missed the last six games.

 

VANCOUVER

 

Games this week

@ Florida, @ Tampa Bay, @ Carolina, @ Dallas

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: @ Carolina (Friday)

 

Notes

The Canucks play four road games this week including three in four nights. Jacob Markstrom should see action in three games with Anders Nilsson playing once. Thatcher Demko looks to be the Canucks goalie of the future. He is 17-7-5 with a 2.27 GAA and a .929 save percentage. Grab him in keeper leagues if you can. Brendan Gaunce doubled his goal count to four with a pair of goals Thursday. Brock Boeser was the first star of the week as he scored a couple of goals as well as being named the MVP of the All-Star game. Bo Horvat has goals in back-to-back games and has four points in five games since his return to action from a broken ankle which kept him out 18 games.

 

VEGAS

 

Games this week

@ Pittsburgh, @ San Jose, vs. Philadelphia

 

Rested Team: vs. Philadelphia (Sunday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Golden Knights finish off a six game road trip and then return to play the Flyers. They set an NHL expansion record for wins on Thursday with 34 and there is still 32 games left in the season. When healthy, Marc-Andre Fleury has been outstanding for the Golden Knights as he has a 14-4-2 record with an eye-popping 1.79 GAA and a .942 save percentage. David Perron is having the best season of his NHL career with 44 points in 44 games and is nearing his career best 57 points set with the Oilers in the 2013-14 season in 78 contests. I thought that Jonathan Marchessault had his career year last season with 30 goals and 51 points for the Panthers and while he may not reach the 30-goal mark this season, he has 18 goals and 48 points with a plus-22 rating (minus-21 last season) in 47 games. Truly amazing.

 

WASHINGTON

 

Games this week

@ Columbus, vs. Columbus, vs. Detroit

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Capitals play a home-and-home series with Columbus and if there are any fights look for Tom Wilson to be in the middle of things for Washington. John Carlson is on a four game points streak and has 40 points in 50 games. It’s a nice bounce back season for the defenseman who had only 37 points in 72 games last season. Jakob Vrana has hit the wall and was a healthy scratch Wednesday as he had only one assist in his previous 13 games. Evgeny Kuznetsov did not miss any action due to the All-Star break as he recovered from a lower body injury suffered in the last game before the break. Chandler Stephenson scored twice in 47 seconds Wednesday after scoring only twice in 36 previous games.

 

WINNIPEG

 

Games this week

vs. Arizona, vs. St. Louis, vs. New York Rangers

 

Rested team: vs. St. Louis (Friday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Jets play all three games at home for the second straight week. As mentioned last week, Kyle Connor is on the fourth line after his demotion from the first unit while Jack Roslovic has his spot on the top unit with Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine. Jacob Trouba is out six-eight weeks with a lower body injury and his spot next to Josh Morrissey on the Jets blueline has been taken by Tyler Myers. Mark Scheifele should be back soon and is expected this week to be allowed to take contact in practice. He has been out since December 27 with an upper body injury. Connor Hellebuyck is 0-1-1 in his last two but is 26-6-8 this season with a 2.36 GAA and a .924 save percentage. Kudos if you drafted him before the start of the season as he was projected to back up Steve Mason.

 

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 15th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.