Loading scores...
Blake Wheeler
Getty Images
The Week Ahead

One Hundred Point Seasons

by Michael Finewax

There are only three weeks remaining in the NHL schedule and scoring is way up this season. Nikita Kucherov and Connor McDavid are already at 100 points with Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Johnny Gaudreau, Leon Draisaitl, Nathan MacKinnon, Brayden Point, Mikko Rantanen and Brayden Point all within reach of the magical number.

Editor's Note: Rotoworld’s Season Pass is now available for the low price of $19.99. You get plenty of extra articles including the minor league report, the power play report and much, much more. Buy it now! 

Don’t forget, for everything NHL, check out Rotoworld's Player News, and follow @Rotoworld_ HK and @mfinewaxhockey on Twitter.

 

WEEK OF MARCH 18-24

4 Games - Arizona, Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, Montreal, New York Islanders, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Washington, Winnipeg

3 Games – - Anaheim, Boston, Calgary, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Florida, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Nashville, New Jersey, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Jose, Toronto, Vegas

2 Games – Buffalo, New York Rangers

Carolina plays all four games at home.

Arizona plays all four games on the road.  

Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Vancouver and Washington play three games at home.

Boston, Colorado, Columbus, Detroit, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Winnipeg play three games on the road this week.

 

INJURIES

Ben Bishop suffered a lower-body injury and is day-to-day.  (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

vs. Winnipeg, vs. San Jose, @ Los Angeles

Rested Team: vs. San Jose (Friday)

Tired Team: @ Los Angeles (Saturday)

Notes

The Ducks play three games in four nights. John Gibson should see action in two games with Ryan Miller getting the other start. The Ducks blew a playoff spot a long time ago but they have been playing well of late with four wins in their last six games. Ryan Getzlaf picked up his 40th point of the season earlier in the week as the Ducks became the last team to have a player hit the 40-point mark. Jakob Silfverberg hit the 20-goal mark this week, the only Duck to do so. You can see why they are nowhere near a playoff spot. Troy Terry was the third star of the week as he had two goals and seven points in four games. Max Jones potted his first goal of his NHL career on Friday and it took him 17 games to do so.

 

ARIZONA

Games this week

@ Tampa Bay, @ Florida, @ New Jersey, @ New York Islanders

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

Notes

The Coyotes play four games this week including three games in four nights and all are on the road. Expect to see Darcy Kuemper play three games with Calvin Pickard playing once. Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored on Tuesday and it was his 10th of the season becoming only the fourth defenseman in the last six seasons to have double-digits in each season. Roman Josi, Mark Giordano and Brent Burns are the others. The Coyotes are currently in a playoff spot and that is quite a testament to their play of late as Arizona has had plenty of injuries to deal with. One player who has been strong this season has been goaltender Darcy Kuemper who 24-16-5 with a 2.48 GAA and a .921 save percentage.

 

BOSTON

Games this week

@ New York Islanders, @ New Jersey, @ Florida

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

Notes

Jake DeBrusk had three goals and five points during a four-game points streak before he was injured on March 5. He has a lower-body injury that is believed to be to his foot and while he has started skating again, he has yet to return to the lineup. Matthew Grzelcyk is out with an arm injury but could return this week. Torey Krug is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Charlie Coyle has only one assist in nine games since his trade from Minnesota. Ryan Donato, whom he was dealt for, has two goals and nine points in 10 games for the Wild. David Pastrnak has been out of action with a broken thumb since February 10. He has been skating and using a stick but is not yet practicing with the Bruins. Consider him day-to-day for now.

 

BUFFALO

Games this week

vs. Toronto, @ Montreal

Rested Team: vs. Toronto (Wednesday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

It’s an easy week for the Sabres as they only play twice. Jeff Skinner has gone 12 games without a goal and the one-time second-leading goal scorer in the NHL has been passed by many and now sits in ninth spot. Zemgus Girgensons has been a healthy scratch the last two games. He has not scored in 33 games. Zach Bogosian is out of the lineup with an upper-body injury. The Sabres recalled Alexander Nylander from the minors where the eighth overall pick in 2016 had 12 goals and 31 points in 49 games with Rochester of the AHL. The 21-year-old had a shot on goal in his first game of the season with Buffalo. Jack Eichel was suspended for two games for his illegal check to the head on Carl Soderberg. He will return on March 16.

 

CALGARY

Games this week

vs. Columbus, vs. Ottawa, @ Vancouver

Rested Team: vs. Ottawa (Thursday)

Tired Team: None

Notes

Johnny Gaudreau had just one goal in 19 games heading into action on Tuesday but had the hat-trick as well as three assists to give him a career-high 33 goals and 90 points. He is on pace for 100 points as he still has 12 games remaining. Matthew Tkachuk scored his 30th of the season in the same game and that gives the Flames three 30-goal scorers (Sean Monahan has 31) with Elias Lindholm just three goals away. Mark Giordano continued his quest for the Norris Trophy as he has 14 goals and 65 points in 68 games as well as a plus-29 rating. The Flames recalled Michael Stone from the minors.  He has yet to play since November 11 as he had been out with a blood clot. He gives Calgary extra depth on the blueline as they head into the post-season.

 

CAROLINA

Games this week

vs. Pittsburgh, vs. Tampa Bay, vs. Minnesota, vs. Montreal

Rested Team: vs. Tampa Bay (Thursday), vs. Minnesota (Saturday)

Tired Team: None

Notes

The Hurricanes are home for all four games this week including three games in four nights so look for Petr Mrazek to get three starts with Curtis McElhinney getting one start between the pipes. Mrazek has been great of late with six straight wins, giving up 10 goals on 192 shots. He is now 18-12-3 with a 2—53 GAA. Calvin de Haan is out with an eye injury but he could return to action quickly.  Haydn Fleury was recalled to take his place. Dougie Hamilton has seven goals in his last 22 games and has 13 goals this season, the fifth straight campaign that he has had double-digits in goals. Andrei Svechnikov has 17 goals and 32 points this season, after a two goal and three-point performance on Monday.             

 

CHICAGO

Games this week

vs. Vancouver, vs. Philadelphia, @ Colorado, vs. Colorado

Rested Team: vs. Vancouver (Monday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Blackhawks play three games in four nights as part of their four-game week so expect to see Corey Crawford play three games with Cam Ward picking up one start. Chicago plays a home-and-home series with Colorado this weekend and if there is any rough stuff, look for Duncan Keith to add to his penalty minute totals. What a season Alex DeBrincat is having! The sophomore has 38 goals and 69 points in 70 games this season and was given a huge boost when the Blackhawks dealt for his junior teammate Dylan Strome earlier in the season from Arizona.  The duo has given the Blackhawks a very strong second line and that bodes well for the future. Brendan Perlini, the other member of the trade that sent Nick Schmaltz to Arizona, has seven goals and nine points in his last six games.

               

COLORADO

Games this week

@ Minnesota, @ Dallas, vs. Chicago, @ Chicago

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

Notes

The Avalanche play four times this week which includes three games in four nights. Semyon Varlamov should get three turns between the pipes with Philipp Grubauer picking up one start. The Avalanche play a home-and-home series with Chicago and if there are any fisticuffs, expect to see Ian Cole or Nikita Zadorov to be involved. Gabriel Landeskog looks to be out for the season after suffered an upper-body injury. He will be out the next three-five weeks and the regular season will end April 6. Derick Brassard has taken his spot on the top line with Nathan MacKinnon and J.T. Compher as Mikko Rantanen is seeing second line time with Colin Wilson and Carl Soderberg. Brassard has taken Landeskog’s spot as well on the power play with Rantanen and MacKinnon as well as Compher and Tyson Barrie on the point.

 

COLUMBUS       

Games this week

@ Calgary, @ Edmonton, @ Vancouver

Rested Team: @ Vancouver (Sunday)

Tired Team: None

Notes

The Blue Jackets are in Western Canada all week.  They were considered contenders for the top spot in the Metropolitan when the trade deadline hit but the Blue Jackets have been 4-5-0 since February 25 and are currently in the second wild card spot but tied with Montreal in points and games played. Their game at home against the Canadiens on March 28 is shaping up to be a big one. Josh Anderson had a goal and three helpers Tuesday to give him 23 goals and 40 points, both career bests. Boone Jenner had his first career hat trick Tuesday. Seth Jones has nine goals and 41 points this season but has yet to score on the power play. It has been a good sophomore season for Pierre-Luc Dubois who has 23 goals and 54 points in 70 games.

 

DALLAS

Games this week

vs. Florida, vs. Colorado, vs. Pittsburgh

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

Notes

The signing of Valeri Nichushkin in the off-season was looked upon as a great move, with the Stars picking up yet another offensive threat. He had 16 goals in 50 games in the KHL and was returning to Dallas who had selected him 10th overall in 2013. But this has been a bad season for the recently turned 24-year-old. Nichushkin has only seven assists with nary a goal this season in 49 games and has been a healthy scratch on numerous occasions. Ben Bishop suffered a lower-body injury Thursday as he was working on his fourth straight shutout. The netminder has set a Dallas record of 230:53 minutes without allowing a goal and that streak will have to wait until he gets healthy again. Dallas is sitting in third place in the Central with 12 games to go. Tyler Seguin is not scoring like he has in the past but the Stars are in the playoff hunt and that is a lot better.

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.