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Bruins Racing to the Top

Friday, February 9, 2018


 

EDMONTON

 

Games this week

vs. Florida, @ Vegas, @ Arizona, @ Colorado

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: @ Colorado (Sunday)

 

Notes   

The Oilers are in action four times including three in four nights. Cam Talbot should play three games, while Al Montoya will get the call once. Cam Talbot was a top-seven fantasy goalie last season but that has not been the case in 2017-18 as he is 19-18-2 with a 3.10 GAA and a .902 save percentage. That is worthy of the bench or on the waiver wire. Connor McDavid has seven goals and nine points in his last three games including a four goal, five point performance Monday against top-ranked Tampa Bay. The Oilers look to be out of the playoff race with less than two months to go so expect them to be sellers at the trade deadline with Patrick Maroon the leading candidate to be sent elsewhere. 

 

FLORIDA

 

Games this week

@ Edmonton, @ Vancouver, @ Calgary, @ Winnipeg   

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: @ Winnipeg (Sunday)

 

Notes

The Panthers play all four games in Western Canada this week. Harri Sateri has been red-hot of late as he was the NHL’s second star of the week with a 3-0 record and should share the net with the healthy James Reimer. Roberto Luongo practiced with the Panthers Thursday for the first time since he was injured on December 4 and if he is able to return this week, Sateri will be sent to the minors. Stay tuned. Aaron Ekblad scored his 10th of the season Saturday and has reached double digits in goals in each of his first four seasons. Aleksander Barkov has four points in his last three games after being held pointless in his previous four tilts. His 47 points this season trails teammate Jonathan Huberdeau by four.

 

LOS ANGELES

 

Games this week

@ Carolina, @ Pittsburgh, @ Buffalo

 

Rested Team:  None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

Marian Gaborik has been a healthy scratch in each of his last two games. He really doesn’t have much fantasy value as he continually gets hurt but he has not been scratched before so he may be nearing the end of his career as the Kings may buy out the remainder of his contract. Drew Doughty has nine points in his last seven games. Darcy Kuemper has actually outplayed Jonathan Quick, especially of late. Kuemper is 9-1-3 this season with a 1.78 GAA and a .942 save percentage which are superior numbers. Quick got off to a hot start this season but has faltered of late, giving up 10 goals in 85 minutes on 55 shots. He is 20-18-2 with a 2.51 GAA and a .919 save percentage. Those are nice numbers but he is 1-4 in his last five starts.

 

MINNESOTA

 

Games this week

vs. New York Rangers, vs. Washington, vs. Anaheim

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

Jonas Brodin underwent hand surgery Wednesday and is out three-four weeks. Mikko Koivu has had 58 and 56 point seasons in his last two years but will really have to bump up his numbers this season to even come close as he has 28 points in 54 games. Mikael Granlund has 16 points in his last 15 games to give him 43 in 49 games. With Jaromir Jagr now in Europe, Matt Cullen is the oldest player in the NHL at age 41. Nino Niederreiter has a goal in four games since returning from a lower body injury that cost him eight games. Devan Dubnyk had a three game winning streak end on Thursday. He is 21-10-4 with a 2.68 GAA and a .916 save percentage.

 

MONTREAL

 

Games this week

@ Colorado, @ Arizona, @ Vegas

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: @ Arizona (Thursday)

 

Notes

The Canadiens play all three games in the Southwestern United States and have all three in four nights. Carey Price should play twice with the surprisingly good of late Antti Niemi playing once. Price came into the season as a top-three fantasy goalkeeper in the estimation of most but he has been closer to a bottom-three netminder as he is 15-20-4 with a 2.95 GAA and a .906 save percentage. The Habs are going to be sellers at the trade deadline and although Tomas Plekanec wants to finish his career in Montreal, chances are he will be dealt. Jeff Petry had three power play goals on the weekend. Artturi Lehkonen has five goals in 38 games but three in his last two contests.

 

 NASHVILLE

 

 Games this week

vs. St. Louis, vs. Calgary, vs. Detroit

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

P.K. Subban has been hot of late with 14 points in his last 13 games. He leads all NHL defensemen with 15 goals and his 43 points and 44 penalty minutes make him one of the top fantasy defensemen in the NHL, if not the top. Roman Josi has given up his top spot on the blueline to Subban but his nine goals and 31 points in 50 games makes him still a top-15 fantasy blueliner. Filip Forsberg will return to action on February 10 after missing three games with a suspension. Viktor Arvidsson has five goals and eight points in his last eight games to give him 18 goals and 35 points with a plus-11 rating in 51 contests. Calle Jarnkrok leads the Predators with a plus-16 rating.

 

NEW JERSEY

 

Games this week

@ Philadelphia, vs. Carolina, @ Tampa Bay, @ Carolina

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: @ Carolina (Sunday)

 

Notes

The Devils play four games this week including 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 Eddie Lack 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. They also play the Hurricanes twice this week so look for Miles Wood to add to his penalty minute count if there is any rough stuff.  Marcus Johansson has yet to return to the ice following his concussion on January 23. Nico Hischier has a goal and two assists in his last nine games.

 

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

 

Games this week

vs. Columbus, vs. New York Rangers, @ Carolina

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Islanders play three games in four nights. Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss will likely play once each with the hot goalie (if there is such a thing with the Islanders) playing the third contest. The Islanders continue to pile up goals but can’t win as they cannot keep the puck out of their own net. GM Garth Snow stated that he will not trade UFA-to-be John Tavares at the deadline. The Islanders are still within range of a playoff spot as they are even with Columbus for the second wild card at 58 points but the Blue Jackets do have two games in hand. Scott Mayfield is out at least four weeks with a lower body injury.  Anders Lee broke a seven game goalless streak Thursday with a goal against the Sabres.

 

NEW YORK RANGERS

 

Games this week

@ Minnesota, @ New York Islanders, @ Ottawa, vs. Philadelphia   

 

Rested Team: None

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 three of his last five games. 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.  The Rangers are going to be sellers at the trade deadline as Rick Nash has been asked to give the 13 teams he will agree to go to and Michael Grabner is also ready to be dealt. The asking price on Nash seems high as New York wants a first, a prospect and a player or another pick. That’s a lot to ask for from 33-year-old who has only 15 goals and 25 points in 53 games this season. Ryan McDonagh’s name is also being bandied about.


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