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The Week Ahead

Trade Deadline Week

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: February 24, 2020, 12:27 am ET

The NHL trade deadline is Monday at 3:00PM ET and while there have been plenty of trades this past week, especially involving defensemen, it is likely that there will be plenty more Monday. Stay fixed on Rotoworld for up-to-the-minute deals and analysis as well as team grades on Tuesday as well as a live blog Monday.

There will be only one game played Monday, so that will give players enough time to get to their new squads.

It’s a busy week so let’s get to it!

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NBC’s coverage of the 2019-20 NHL season continues this weekend with three Sunday games, including Pittsburgh and Washington who square off at 12:00 p.m. ET on NBC.  The St. Louis Blues take on the Minnesota Wild at 6:30 PM ET on NBCSN and the action continues on NBCSN at 10:00 PM ET as the Anaheim Ducks host the Vegas Golden Knights. You can watch the game online and on the NBC Sports app by clicking here!

WEEK OF FEBRUARY 24-MARCH 1

4 Games – Calgary, Columbus, Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York Rangers, Ottawa, Vancouver

3 Games – Anaheim, Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Montreal, Nashville, New York Islanders, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Jose, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Vegas, Washington, Winnipeg  

2 Games - Arizona

Calgary, New Jersey and Vancouver play all four games on the road.

Anaheim, Columbus, Florida, Montreal, Nashville, St. Louis and Tampa Bay play three games at home.

Chicago, Dallas, the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh play three games on the road.

INJURIES

Mikko Rantanen suffered an apparent shoulder injury and is out for weeks. (Click here to see the rest of the injury list.)

ANAHEIM

Games this week

vs. Edmonton, vs. Pittsburgh, vs. New Jersey

Tired: None

Rested: vs. New Jersey (Sunday)

Notes

Ondrej Kase has missed the last two weeks with the flu but returned to practice Thursday. He has been mentioned in trade rumors as he scored 20 goals two seasons ago in 66 games and had 11 last season in 30 contests before injuries proved to be his downfall. While he has only seven goals in 49 games thus far, teams like his potential. The make up game against St. Louis which was postponed on February 11 when Jay Bouwmeester suffered a cardiac episode, will be played on March 11. Cam Fowler is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Ryan Miller could be dealt by Monday as there are team’s looking for an experienced backup goaltender. Ryan Getzlaf has 38 points to lead the Ducks in scoring.

ARIZONA

Games this week

vs. Florida, vs. Buffalo

Tired: None

Rested: vs. Buffalo (Saturday)

Notes

The Coyotes have been faltering of late as they have dropped their last two contests. They are currently out of a playoff spot and have played the most games in the Western Conference as they have 18 games left with just over six weeks to go in the regular season. Jakob Chychrun missed Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury. The Coyotes put Barrett Hayton back in the lineup Thursday as he saw his first NHL action since November 29. He is a future star but has only one goal and four points in 15 NHL games this season. Darcy Kuemper was back on the ice for practice Tuesday. He has been out with a lower-body injury since December 19 and there still isn’t a timetable for his return. His injury has been huge for Arizona as he was arguably the best goalie in the NHL this season before the injury.

BOSTON

Games this week

vs. Calgary, vs. Dallas, @ New York Islanders

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Bruins continue to lead the NHL in the Presidents Trophy race, but their top challenger is Tampa Bay, who they are fighting in the Atlantic Division for supremacy. David Pastrnak is tied atop the goal-scoring lead with Toronto’s Auston Matthews as both have 43 goals, two better than Alex Ovechkin. Patrice Bergeron has goals in each of his last four games and five of his last six. Charlie McAvoy has six points in his last seven games. Jake DeBrusk is pointless in his last five games. Torey Krug has a goal and two assists in his last eight games. Fortunately for his fantasy owners, he had two goals and four points, nine games ago.

BUFFALO

Games this week

@ Colorado, @ Vegas, @ Arizona

Tired: @ Arizona (Saturday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Sabres are in the American Southwest this week and play all three games in four nights. Carter Hutton should get a couple of starts with Jonas Johansson getting one start. The return to action of rookie Victor Olofsson was a big boost for the Sabres as he has three goals and five points in the three games since missing six weeks with a lower-body injury. The Sabres suspended Zach Bogosian for refusing to report to their Rochester farm team after they sent him to the minors. The Sabres inked Taylor Leier to a one-year/two-way contract and left him in the AHL. Kyle Okposo picked up his 500th NHL point on Sunday.  

   

CALGARY

Games this week

@ Boston, @ Nashville, @ Tampa Bay, @ Florida

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Flames play four times this week including three games in four nights. David Rittich should play at least twice, and maybe three times with Cam Talbot receiving the remainder of the starts. Travis Hamonic has missed almost two weeks with an undisclosed ailment and is still week-to-week. He is expected back before the end of the season but when is still up in the air. Mark Giordano is expected to travel with the team during this road trip and the hope is that he will be able to play at some point as he recovers from a hamstring injury. Andrew Mangiapane has been seeing second line action with Matthew Tkachuk and Mikael Backlund of late and rewarded the Flames with three goals and four points Monday.  

CAROLINA

Games this week

vs. Dallas, vs. Colorado, @ Montreal

Tired: @ Montreal (Saturday)

Rested: None

Notes

The Hurricanes are in a battle for the final playoff spot as they are in eighth place, tied with the New York Islanders in the East. The Metropolitan Division has been the best this season and at least one team will be on the outside looking in, at the playoffs. Andrei Svechnikov has an eight-game points streak. Sebastian Aho has been red-hot of late as well as he has a 10-game points streak with 10 goals and 16 points. He has been on fire and sits at 34 goals and 57 points in 59 games this season. The Hurricanes have picked up defenseman Joey Keane from the Rangers in exchange for Julien Gauthier. The NHL will hold an outdoor game in Raleigh next season.

CHICAGO

Games this week

@ St. Louis, @ Tampa Bay, @ Florida

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Blackhawks are on the road for all three games this week. Dominik Kubalik scored twice Wednesday, and the rookie has 25 goals and 38 points this season in 58 games. He is second in goals on the Blackhawks, trailing Patrick Kane by a pair. Robin Lehner has been slumping of late, giving up 14 goals in his last three games, albeit, on 113 shots as he is seeing plenty of rubber. His GAA is up to 3.01 this year, after he was sensational last season with the Islanders, with a 2.13 GAA. Alex Nylander scored twice Saturday. He had only two goals in his previous 34 contests. Ryan Carpenter has been seeing second line action between Brandon Saad and Kane of late.  

COLORADO

Games this week

vs. Buffalo, @ Carolina, @ Nashville

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Avalanche play three times in four nights this week. Philipp Grubauer is on the sidelines so Pavel Francouz should get at least two starts with Hunter Miska playing the other contest. The Avalanche suffered a big setback when Mikko Rantanen suffered an upper-body injury (shoulder) that is expected to keep him out for weeks according to coach Jared Bednar. Nathan MacKinnon has points in eight of his last nine games and 84 points this season and is tied for second in NHL scoring with David Pastrnak. Andre Burakovsky is having a strong season with 20 goals and 45 points in 56 games. The Avs did nicely when they acquired him in the off-season from Washington for Scott Kosmachuk and a second and third round pick in 2020. Cale Makar has three assists in his last two games after going pointless in his three previous outings.

COLUMBUS

Games this week

vs. Ottawa, @ Minnesota, vs. Minnesota, vs. Vancouver

Tired: @ Minnesota (Tuesday)

Rested: vs. Minnesota (Friday) vs. Vancouver (Sunday)

Notes

The Blue Jackets play four games this week including a home-and-home series with Minnesota (although the Wild have a game against Detroit in between the two). Look for Nick Foligno to be involved if there is any rough stuff. Columbus has been in a big slump of late, losing seven in a row (0-3-4) and are precariously holding onto a playoff spot. Joonas Korpisalo could be back with the Blue Jackets this week as he has been sent to the minors on a conditioning stint. Korpisalo suffered a knee injury December 29 and has been out ever since. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads Columbus with 21 goals and he has missed 13 games through injury. He suffered an ankle injury late Thursday and out for the rest of the season. Zach Werenski leads all NHL defensemen with 18 goals.         

DALLAS

Games this week

@ Carolina, @ Boston, @ St. Louis

Tired: None

Rested: None

Notes

The Stars are two points out of first in the Central, trailing the Blues, but do have one game in hand. Jamie Benn picked up a major for boarding and a 10-minute misconduct Wednesday for a hit on Oliver Ekman-Larsson of the Coyotes but will not face any supplemental discipline. Corey Perry had a goal and an assist in the same game, to snap a six-game pointless streak. Alexander Radulov missed three games with an upper-body injury but returned to action Wednesday. Joe Pavelski saw his seven-game points streak come to an end Wednesday. Pavelski had five goals and nine points during the streak. Ben Bishop has won three in a row and sits at 21-12-4 with a 2.37 GAA and a .925 save percentage this season.

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.