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The Week Ahead

Capitals continue to soar

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: November 8, 2019, 12:05 pm ET

There is not a lot of games this week as only three teams (Arizona, Ottawa and Washington) play four games with the majority of teams playing three times (24 teams).

The most amazing stat this week comes from the Ottawa Senators who have won only five of 15 games and have the top plus-minus player in the league as Jean-Gabriel Pageau is a plus-15.

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Buffalo Sabres are streaming live on NBC at 2pm ET today. Catch the game here.

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WEEK OF NOVEMBER 11-17

 

4 Games – Arizona, Ottawa, Washington

3 Games - Anaheim, Boston, Buffalo, Calgary, Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Florida, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Montreal, New Jersey, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Jose, Toronto, Vancouver, Vegas, Winnipeg

2 Games – Columbus, Nashville, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay

Los Angeles and Vancouver play three games at home.

Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit and Ottawa play three games on the road.

 

INJURIES

Philipp Grubauer is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. (Click here to see the rest of the injury list.)

ANAHEIM

Games this week

vs. Detroit, vs. San Jose, @ St. Louis

Tired: None

Rested: vs. St. Louis (Saturday)

Notes

Congratulations go out to Jacob Larsson who scored his first NHL goal Tuesday. The defenseman, who was taken 27th overall in the 2015 Draft was playing in his 70th career NHL game. The Ducks got Ondrej Kase back in the lineup Tuesday after he missed five games with an upper-body injury. His goal-scoring ability will be needed by Anaheim if they have any hopes of playing in the post-season. Ryan Getzlaf played in his 1,000th NHL game Sunday (all with Anaheim) and picked up a point in his sixth straight game. But the streak ended Tuesday against Minnesota. Anaheim has only six goals from their blueline with half coming from the stick of Cam Fowler.

ARIZONA

Games this week

@ Washington, @ St. Louis, @ Minnesota, vs. Calgary

Tired: @ St. Louis (Tuesday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Coyotes play four games this week with three occurring in four nights. Expect to see Darcy Kuemper play at least twice with Antti Raanta playing the remainder of the games. The Coyotes have been getting great goaltending from their duo and it has been one of the best in the NHL. Derek Stepan had only three power play points last season in 72 games and it was thought he would greatly improve upon that mark this season as he had been in double digits in each of the first eight seasons of his career. He has two assists with the man-advantage in 16 games thus far. After scoring 19 goals last season, Brad Richardson has yet to find the back of the net in nine games.  

BOSTON

Games this week

vs. Florida, @ Toronto, vs. Washington

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

Jake DeBrusk suffered a lower-body injury Tuesday and is day-to-day.  The Bruins recalled Peter Cehlarik in his place and he is expected to play alongside Danton Heinen and David Krejci. David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand are one-three in NHL scoring with only Leon Draisaitl in between. Pastrnak has an NHL-leading 15 goals as well as 30 points as Boston’s top line with Patrice Bergeron in the middle is currently the best in the league. Marchand continues to be one of the top fantasy forwards with 28 points and 28 penalty minutes as well as a plus-13 rating. Congratulations to Zdeno Chara who played in his 1,500th career NHL game Tuesday in Montreal. The crowd gave Chara quite the ovation.        

BUFFALO

Games this week

vs. Carolina, vs. Ottawa, @ Chicago

Tired: None

Rested: vs. Ottawa (Saturday)

Notes

The Sabres return from Stockholm Sweden this week and play three games in four nights. Carter Hutton should see the crease twice with Linus Ullmark playing once. Marco Scandella is close to returning to action after suffering a lower-body injury on October 27. He should be back this week if not sooner. Frederik Olofsson had six goals in his first seven games but has not found the back of the net in his last eight games heading into action on November 8. He moved down to the second line in his last game, alongside Marcus Johansson and Jeff Skinner as Jimmy Vesey saw action with Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart. Expect Olofsson to be back with Eichel and Reinhart very quickly as the trio have been practicing together in Sweden.

CALGARY

Games this week

vs. Dallas, @ Arizona, @ Vegas

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

Elias Lindholm has stretched his points streak to nine games. Noah Hanifin had disappointed fantasy owners early on with only four points in 18 games but a three-point effort Thursday, raised his total to seven. Johnny Gaudreau has goals in each of his last two games after going his 12 previous contests without scoring. He has 17 points in 19 games which is great for most players but a little disappointing for Gaudreau who had 99 last season. The Flames sent Oliver Kylington to the minors. Milan Lucic returned to action Thursday after sitting out two games with a suspension for his punch on Kole Sherwood of Columbus.

CAROLINA

Games this week

vs. Ottawa, @ Buffalo, @ Minnesota

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

Erik Haula is out of the lineup with a knee injury and Eetu Luostarinen made his NHL debut in his place Thursday.        Haula has missed two games in a row as the knee he had major surgery on last season has been acting up. Petr Mrazek has lost two straight games so expect to see James Reimer next game. After starting the season with five consecutive wins, Carolina is only 4-6-1 since then. Sebastian Aho has four goals and eight points in his last seven games. While Dougie Hamilton leads the Canes with 17 points in 16 games, sophomore forward Andrei Svechnikov, the second overall pick in 2018, has six goals and 15 points. He is going to be a star and you should trade for him (or take him if available) in your league.

CHICAGO

Games this week

@ Vegas, @ Nashville, vs. Buffalo

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

Patrick Kane has two goals and six points in his last four tilts as his game is rounding into shape. The 30-year-old winger has 16 points in 15 contests. Jonathan Toews has four points in his last four games but that gives him only six points in 15 games, a far cry from the career-best 81 points last season. Off to a very disappointing start is defenseman Erik Gustafsson who has only four assists in 14 games after a 60-point performance last season. He is still on the top power play but that could change shortly as rookie Adam Boqvist is also seeing first power play time. Kirby Dach is staying with the Blackhawks, at least in the immediate future, as the rookie played in his 10th game this season Thursday, burning a year off his entry-level contract.

COLORADO

Games this week

@ Winnipeg, @ Edmonton, @ Vancouver

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Avs were slumping heading into action on Thursday but then flexed their muscles and scored nine times against previously stingy Nashville. Colorado was led by Joonas Donskoi who had the hat trick and Matt Calvert who had a goal and an assist. Those two have replaced the injured Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog on the top line with Nathan MacKinnon who had a goal and three assists Thursday before leaving the game with an upper-body injury. The Avs stated that MacKinnon was taken out of the lineup for precautionary reasons. The injuries continue to pile up on the Avalanche as goaltender Philipp Grubauer will be out until this week at least as he suffered a lower-body injury. Pavel Francouz will start in his stead with Adam Werner as the backup.

COLUMBUS

Games this week

@ Montreal, vs. St. Louis

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Blue Jackets made a smart move Wednesday when they sent backup goaltender Elvis Merzlikins to the minors for some playing time. Merzlikins is in his first season in North America and has played in only three games thus far, so sitting on the bench was not the best thing for the 25-year-old. The Blue Jackets recalled Matiss Kivlenieks (they don’t make it easy for the writers with their goaltender’s names) as the backup to Joonas Korpisalo. Alexandre Texier returned to action Thursday after missing four games with a knee injury. He was highly-regarded heading into the season but has only a couple of goals and three points in 12 games. Markus Nutivaara could return to action this week after suffering a upper-body injury Tuesday.

DALLAS

Games this week

@ Calgary, @ Vancouver, @ Edmonton

Tired: @ Vancouver (Thursday)

Rested: None  

Notes

Dallas heads to Western Canada this week where they play three games in four nights. Ben Bishop will get the call in net twice with Anton Khudobin playing once. John Klingberg is expected to miss the next two-four weeks with a lower-body injury suffered on Tuesday. Grab Miro Heiskanen if available as the young star will see plenty of action. Tyler Seguin could miss some action with an upper-body injury. Roman Polak could return this week as he has been out of action since opening night with a fractured sternum. Roope Hintz could also return this week as he has missed a week with a lower-body injury. Blake Comeau played in his 800th NHL game Tuesday.

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 14th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.