Week 13 Schedules 4 games ? (12) Atlanta, Calgary, Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, Florida, Minnesota, Montreal, New Jersey, NY Islanders, Tampa Bay, Vancouver 3 games ? (16) Anaheim, Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, Chicago, Detroit, Edmonton, Nashville, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Jose, St. Louis, Toronto, Washington 2 games ? (2) Los Angeles, NY Rangers Total Games ? (100)
Game Notes Three games in 4 nights (6): Atlanta, Buffalo, Carolina, Columbus, Montreal, Vancouver All at home (3): Anaheim, Los Angeles, Toronto All Away (3): Columbus, Ottawa, Philadelphia Weekend Off (NONE): Home-and-home: Bruins/Penguins .. Red Wings/Blackhawks Non-Conference Games: Philadelphia travels through Vancouver (who travels to Atlanta after this match), Anaheim and Los Angeles .. the Islanders travel through Phoenix and San Jose .. the Devils are in St. Louis and Dallas .. the Blues also go into Carolina this week .. Edmonton hosts the Senators Detailed Weekly Schedule Notes
Daniel Briere is expected to make a return to the Flyers lineup on Tuesday. Rick DiPietro returned on Boxing Day against the Maple Leafs and the follow up with Buffalo Despite breaking a toe against the Blackhawks, Scott Hartnell played in the 3-0 shutout by the Blue Jackets. Kimmo Timonen chipped a bone in his right ankle and will likely miss Week 13 three-game road trip. Andrei Kostitsyn returned to the Montreal lineup scoring his first career hat trick Saturday night against the Penguins. Expanded Injuries On Yahoo!
Four points in the last seven (7-3-1-4, minus-3) with multi-point games missing lately. A 30-goal season, health permitting.
Racking up assists in a five-game streak (5-2-6-8) and scoring his second in four games with 18 points in 19 games (19-6-12-18) since being recalled Nov 16, the highest total among rookies in that span. A budding star.
Power play QB has been dynamite with five points in the last two games (2-2-3-5) with four points coming on the power play. Can go long streaks without scoring, so this is a big bonus.
Strong line with sizzling Jeff Carter and Scott Hartnell propelled some excellent totals. Hartnell has a broken toe changing the chemistry, short term.
A three-game assist streak, stretched into a five-game point streak, with a goal in consecutive games (5-2-3-5), but killing GM's with plus/minus of minus-5.
Three goals in five games, (5-3-4-7) has been halted with two goose-eggs before the game versus Washington.
Streaky and creative, Hurricanes pivot is more involved and finally breaking the seven game rut. Fragility an issue with 32-year-old.
Dan Cleary, RW
Two goals in the last four (4-2-0-2) could be a recipient of more good fortune with ice conditions in the Winter Classic, especially if it snows. Snow freezes on contact, creating a bumpy surface making stick handling more difficult and offering role players the chance to play hero. Of the players in the game, the 30-year-old could stand out playing a dirty game, going hard to the net and battling hard along the boards, in these conditions. The game will be tight, and positioning may overtake skill in the end.
Cristobal Huet, G
Despite the shifting between the pipes the former Habs/Caps netminder has been stellar winning his past 5 starts, with a fantastic 0.80 GAA, .968 SV%. The acrobatic goaltender has proven his detractors wrong to the delight of fantasy owners) but is still sharing some of the duties with Nikolai Khabibulin (5W, 2.00 GAA .920 SV%), making it difficult to name a clear-cut number one. This is the frustration for owners that aren't sure of his starts. The best-case scenario has Huet, with the first half in the books, the trade deadline creates a market for goalies and Khabibulin is moved. A secondary goaltender option that adds a lot of pop.
Hot start (11-2-7-9) has fizzled with the funk affecting creeping into his defensive game. Handle with care.
Watch for move to the middle with Paul Stastny missing time, and to break a five-game funk without points.
Included in this category because of his one goal in five games (5-1-0-1) but can just as quickly turn it around.
Injury derailed a promising season, struggling on the point since mid-December return. A minus-4 is even more discouraging.
Struggling with the puck and positioning all season and isn't working out as the depth goaltender. If there is a better secondary option, benching Toskala isn't a bad option.
Two assist performance against Pittsburgh to break nine-game funk, isn't enough to convince of a turnaround. Some consistency is required first./td>
Ilya Kovalchuk, LW
The 25-year-old sniper caught in an eight-game funk, despite superb ability to create offense by himself, which is exactly what GM's expected this season with very little in terms of linemeates. The carousel will continue, sometimes a tactic to slip the Russian into the game against weaker lines, forcing line changes from the opposition. It's not his linemates its simply Kovalchuk and at the moment, despite a unique passion, he's only going all out at moments, and is giving up on some plays earlier than he did in the past. Talent-wise, he's a solid star. In fantasy, his value is dipping until he moves from Atlanta.
Kyle Wellwood, C
Opportunistic sniper has one goal in the last five, and two in the last ten (10-2-2-4) and is playing power play minutes and relegated to fourth line duty at even strength. This could be a temporary measure as the arrival of Mats Sundin could see Wellwood get an audition on the Wing, with continued power play minutes. Fourth line minutes aren't a good sign moving forward for his owners though. If there is any blip in production, Wellwood's fairy tale start could fizzle as the season progresses, and the Canucks fine for a playoff run. If there is a market demand for the five-foot-ten pivot, explore it.
Henrik Zetterberg, LW
Experiencing a second six-goal drought this season. He had a seven-game funk last season, and a nine-gamer two seasons ago, so a prolonged drought once a season is in the cards, but this double dip could be a sign of the future. It's suspect that he's playing through various bumps and could still be having issues with his back, showing in selectively brave moments he goes to the instead of off to the side. Equalled a season-high nine shots-on-goal in the 4-3 overtime loss to Colorado. Too talented to remain in this scoring funk, but isn't making a good case for a 40-goal season.
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