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About Alex McKenzie - RotoBaller

Just a guy from New England that loves hockey, now living in a city that only understands the concept of ice when it's in their drinks.

Alex McKenzie - RotoBaller has written 94 articles so far, you can find them below.


Tuukka Rask To Return Versus Philadelphia

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (lower body) will start on Thursday night against the Philadelphia Flyers. Rask has not played in two games, being held out of the lineup with a “minor” injury that may have been sustained earlier in the season. Philadelphia has gone 6-4 in their last 10 games, winning six straight matches... Read More

2 years ago

Auston Matthews Doubtful For Saturday Return

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (shoulder) is unlikely to play in Toronto’s Saturday match against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The second-year forward participated in team practice while wearing a non-contact jersey on Wednesday, indicating that he is making progress in his recovery. Matthews has not played since Feb. 22, and if he is held out... Read More

2 years ago

Riley Nash Continues To Produce On Bruins Top Line

Boston Bruins forward Riley Nash recorded two assists on Tuesday night, as the Bruins beat the Detroit Red Wings 6-5 in overtime. The 28-year-old may not have generated a lot of points earlier in the season, scoring 34 points in 62 games, but he has filled in nicely for the injured Patrice Bergeron on Boston’s... Read More

2 years ago

David Backes Suspended Three Games

Boston Bruins forward David Backes has been suspended by the NHL Department of Player Safety for three games for interference on Detroit Red Wings forward Fran Nielsen. The incident occurred at the end of the first period during the match between the two teams on Tuesday night, as Backes appeared to attempt a high hit... Read More

2 years ago

Andrei Vasilevskiy Prevails Over Florida

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made 45 saves in a 6-5 overtime win against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night. The 23-year-old goaltender continued his impressive performance this season during the match, facing 49 shots from the Panthers’ potent offense. Florida entered the game having won their previous six games, including matches against notable... Read More

2 years ago


Jimmy Howard Makes Relief Appearance Versus Boston

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard replaced Jared Coreau in the second period of the Red Wings Tuesday night 6-5 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins. Howard received the reins when the Bruins led 4-2 early in the second period. The 33-year-old played well, surrendering only one goal on 19 shots in regulation and allowing... Read More

2 years ago

Anton Khudobin Earns Win, Gives Up Five Goals To Detroit

Boston Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin earned the overtime win against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night at the TD Garden. The 31-year-old allowed five goals on 35 shots in the 6-5 match, including six saves on seven shots when the Bruins were a man down. Tuesday night’s game marked Khudobin’s second straight start while... Read More

2 years ago

Torey Krug Posts Four Points Versus Detroit

Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug scored two goals and added two assists in the Bruins 6-5 overtime win against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. Krug opened the scoring just 37 seconds into the game and did not look back, adding another goal and an assist in the second period. The 26-year-old finished the... Read More

2 years ago

Roberto Luongo To Face NHL-Best Lightning

Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo will get the start on Tuesday night as the Panthers take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. Luongo has won five straight games, giving up just one goal to the Philadelphia Flyers in his last match on Sunday. The Lightning have been a force to reckon with this season, however, leading... Read More

2 years ago

Andrei Vasilevskiy To Start Versus Florida

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy will start on Tuesday night as the Lightning host the Florida Panthers. The Panthers have won six games in a row, scoring an average of 3.83 goals per game during that stretch. Vasilevskiy is maintaining a solid 2.41 goals-against average and .926 save percentage this season and leads the... Read More

2 years ago


Anton Khudobin To Start Versus Detroit

Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy has confirmed that Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin will start Tuesday night’s game against Detroit. Khudobin was solid in Boston’s 2-1 overtime win against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, allowing just one goal on 28 shots. The 31-year-old has been a reliable backup this season to the Bruins top goaltender... Read More

2 years ago

Charlie McAvoy Out At Least A Month

Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy will miss at least a month with a left knee injury. The rookie was injured during the first period of the Bruins March 3 matchup against the Montreal Canadiens. McAvoy had been playing on Boston’s top defensive pairing with captain Zdeno Chara, earning 32 points in 59 games played. The... Read More

2 years ago

Ryan McDonagh Hopeful To Make Lightning Debut This Week

Newly-acquired Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (hand) participated in his first full practice with his new team on Monday. Tampa received McDonagh via trade from the New York Rangers at the NHL trade deadline last week, although a hand injury has kept him sidelined since joining the Lightning. Although the 28-year-old wore a non-contact... Read More

2 years ago

Mikhail Sergachev Pointless In Last Seven Games

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev has not recorded a point in his last seven games played and will likely see less playing time once the Lightning’s newly-acquired defenseman Ryan McDonagh returns from injury. Although the rookie had been impressive early in the 2017-18 season for the Lightning, Sergachev has only recorded two assists on... Read More

2 years ago

Erik Karlsson Scores OT Winner Against Stars

Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson scored in overtime on Monday night, lifting the Senators over the Dallas Stars by a score of 3-1. The Senators captain finished the night with two points, earning an assist on Matt Duchene’s second-period tally along with the game-winning goal. Karlsson leads Ottawa in assists this season with 42, as... Read More

2 years ago


Frederik Andersen Handed Third Straight Loss By Sabres

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen surrendered five goals for the second game in a row in a 5-3 loss against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night. Toronto has now lost four games in a row, with Andersen being in net for three of those games. Andersen and the Leafs gave up two goals in... Read More

2 years ago

Tuukka Rask Likely Out Again Tuesday Versus Detroit

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask did not practice on Monday and may not return to the Bruins starting lineup on Tuesday for their match against the Detroit Red Wings. The Finnish goaltender did not play on Saturday versus Montreal, with Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy citing a “very minor injury” that kept Rask out of... Read More

2 years ago

Charlie McAvoy Out Versus Detroit

Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (ankle) has been ruled out for Boston’s Tuesday night matchup with the Detroit Red Wings. The Bruins rookie left Saturday’s game against Montreal in the first period with what appeared to be an ankle injury. Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy had no further update on McAvoy, who did not practice... Read More

2 years ago

Frederik Andersen, Maple Leafs Looking To Bounce Back Versus Buffalo

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen will start on Monday night against the Buffalo Sabres. Toronto took a tough loss on Saturday night against the Washington Capitals in a game that saw Andersen surrender five goals and get pulled in the second period. The Danish 28-year-old has been the defensive backbone of the Maple Leafs... Read More

2 years ago

Jimmy Howard Bested By Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard gave up three goals on 26 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. Howard looked strong for half the game, making several impressive saves through the first and second periods and only allowed goals on redirected shots. Detroit’s offense couldn’t provide relief to the 33-year-old,... Read More

2 years ago


Chad Johnson Gets Start Against Toronto

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Chad Johnson will start on Monday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto will be looking to bounce back from a rough 5-2 loss at the hands of the Washington Capitals on Saturday night. Johnson has won his last two games, surrendering just one goal each to the top two teams in... Read More

2 years ago

Roberto Luongo Solid In Fifth Consecutive Win

Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo won his fifth consecutive start and earned Florida’s sixth straight win in a 4-1 triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday afternoon. Luongo carried a shutout through 46 minutes in the game and surrendered just one goal while making 39 saves. The Canadian goalie has been excellent with six wins... Read More

2 years ago

Auston Matthews Skating, May Return As Early As Saturday

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews has been skating during practice and may be able to return as soon as next Saturday. The second-year forward has been sidelined since Toronto’s Feb. 22 match against the New York Islanders in which he injured his shoulder. The initial prognosis on Matthews’ injury was that he'd miss at least... Read More

2 years ago

Frederik Andersen Pulled In Second Period Against Washington

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen lasted just 31 minutes in the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game against the Washington Capitals. Toronto backup goalie Curtis McElhinney then replaced Andersen, keeping the Caps off of the board for the remainder of the game. Andersen allowed five goals on 25 shots in the loss, looking... Read More

2 years ago

Anton Khudobin Solid In 2-1 Overtime Win

Boston Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin made 27 saves and allowed just one goal in the Bruins Saturday overtime win over Montreal. Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher scored the only goal for the Habs halfway through the first period with a snap shot that Khudobin may have been screened on. Khudobin, who got the start while Bruins... Read More

2 years ago


Charlie McAvoy Sidelined After Injury In First Period Against Montreal

Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy exited in the first period against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday with a lower-body injury and did not return. The injury occurred after the defenseman received a slash to the top of his right ankle from Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher. The Bruins rookie has exceeded expectations this season with 32... Read More

2 years ago

Antti Niemi Has Excellent Game Versus Bruins Spoiled In Overtime

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Antti Niemi allowed just two goals on 50 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss on Saturday. The 34-year-old journeyman was perfect through 57 minutes as the Bruins threw everything they had at the Habs net. Boston forward Jake DeBrusk eventually beat Niemi with less than three minutes remaining in regulation with a... Read More

2 years ago

Andrei Vasilevskiy Earns Shootout Win In 7-6 Slugfest

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy earned his 38th win of the season in a high-scoring affair versus the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon. Vasilevskiy allowed six goals in the match, but made 37 saves and stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout. The Flyers have been surging recently with 11 wins in... Read More

2 years ago

Nikita Kucherov Returns From Injury With Three Assists

Tampa Bay Lightning right winger Nikita Kucherov recorded three assists on Saturday afternoon as the Lightning beat the Philadelphia Flyers 7-6 in a shootout. The Russian showed no rust in his return to action after missing two games with an upper-body injury. With 85 points, Kucherov currently leads the NHL this season after adding his... Read More

2 years ago

Steven Stamkos Records Five Points, Scores Shootout Winner

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos scored twice and earned three primary assists at home in a 7-6 shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Lightning captain scored a power-play goal halfway through the first period and added his second mark in the third. Stamkos also added with two assists in the second period and... Read More

2 years ago


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