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About Russ Ivanac - RotoBaller

Lifelong Detroit sports fan with an Engineering background, so I’ve definitely looked at the numbers behind why my favorite teams have disappointed me. Watches the games and the charts, not sure which to blame when I lose.

Russ Ivanac - RotoBaller has written 398 articles so far, you can find them below.


Max Pacioretty Leads Offense as Vegas Evens Series

Vegas Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty picked up a goal and an assist during Friday night's victory over the Sharks. In a game where goals came early and often for Vegas, Pacioretty led the team in shots and scored the goal that chased Martin Jones from the game. Pacioretty now has four points in two... Read More

2 weeks ago

Martin Jones Pulled Early in Loss After Awful Start

San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones allowed three goals on seven shots in the first seven minutes of the game before getting the hook. After a strong showing in Game 1, Jones imploded in Game 2, confirming many of the concerns that followed him after a tough showing in the regular season. His .924 save... Read More

2 weeks ago

Marc-Edouard Vlasic Exits Game 2 With Injury, Return Unclear

San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic left the game after blocking a shot from Vegas defenseman Shea Theodore and did not return. Vlasic was able to play only 7:02 minutes in the game before being injured, and at this time his status for Game 3 is unclear. San Jose will feel the impact of missing... Read More

2 weeks ago

Stellar Showing From Mike Smith Secures Game 1 Win

Calgary Flames goaltender Mike Smith shut down the Colorado offense, stopping all 26 of the shots he faced as Calgary grabbed the early advantage in their first-round series. It was Smith's fourth career playoff shutout, but his first since the 2011-2012 season, which was the last time he made a postseason appearance. Smith was stellar... Read More

2 weeks ago

First Career Playoff Goals From Matthew Tkachuk in Game 1

Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk had as effective of a game as anyone could ask for, scoring his first two career playoff goals, registering three shots and four hits and working his way under the skin of as many Colorado players as he could. It was a quintessential Tkachuk game for the young forward, who... Read More

2 weeks ago


Positive Outlook for Connor McDavid Despite Scary End to Season

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid was injured early in the second period of Saturday's season finale against the Calgary Flames and had to be helped off of the ice, but was able to walk into interviews on Sunday without crutches. The injury came on a play where McDavid was driving to the net and was... Read More

3 weeks ago

Leon Draisaitl Caps Monster Season by Reaching 50-Goal Plateau

Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl scored his 50th goal of the season on Saturday as the Oilers beat the Calgary Flames to close out the regular season. Doubling his goal total from last season, Draisaitl also set a career high in shots and power-play goals. As can be expected of a sudden spike in goal... Read More

3 weeks ago

Aleksander Barkov Sets New Points Record for Panthers

Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov picked up a goal and an assist in Saturday's season finale, giving him 96 points on the season. Barkov had been tied with Pavel Bure for most points in a single season by a Panthers player going into the game but took sole possession of the record with a second-period... Read More

3 weeks ago

Pair of Assists From Mika Zibanejad as Rangers Fall to Blue Jackets

New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad picked up a pair of primary assists during Friday night's loss to Columbus, giving him 44 assists and 74 points on the season. As has been the case most of the year, Zibanejad was the primary driver of New York's offense, setting up their only two goals in the... Read More

3 weeks ago

Artemi Panarin Guides Offense as Columbus Makes Playoffs

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin scored a goal, put seven shots on net and clinched the win in the shootout to earn Columbus a spot in the playoffs. With the season on the line, it was Panarin and deadline-acquisition Ryan Dzingel that each scored a third-period goal in the most crucial game of their... Read More

3 weeks ago


Jack Campbell Turns in Another Solid Game In Win

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jack Campbell turned away 33 of the 35 shots that he faced on Saturday night on the way to his ninth win of the season. Campbell has now won two consecutive starts for the first time since early February, despite posting a very respectable .913 save percentage since then. It is... Read More

4 weeks ago

Power-Play Goal From Drew Doughty Lifts Kings to Victory

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty scored a power-play goal in overtime Saturday night to secure the win over Chicago. Doughty has only managed to score on the power play this season, so it should come as no surprise that his seventh marker of the season also came with the man-advantage. The Kings have scored... Read More

4 weeks ago

Paul Stastny Stages Late Comeback But Vegas Falls Short

Vegas Golden Knights center Paul Stastny scored two goals late in Friday night's 3-2 loss to Minnesota, providing the only offense Vegas could muster. It was Stastny's second two-point game in a row and his third in the last five games. It has been a limited season for Stastny, being held to only 48 games... Read More

4 weeks ago

Pair of Power-Play Assists From Jason Zucker Leads Wild to Win

Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker set up two power-play goals, earning the primary assist on both goals, during Friday night's win over the Golden Knights. The two points snapped a five-game pointless streak for Zucker who had even struggled to put shots on net, registering only four shots across his previous three games. Zucker took... Read More

4 weeks ago

Tomas Hertl Paces San Jose Forwards in Points and Playing Time

San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl recorded a goal and two assists on Thursday night as the Sharks fell short to the Blackhawks. Hertl primarily did his damage on the power play, picking up a goal and an assist on the man advantage, but he was given plenty of opportunity at even strength as well... Read More

4 weeks ago


Alex DeBrincat Nets Two Goals, Hits 40-Goal Mark

Chicago Blackhawks forward Alex DeBrincat picked up two goals on three shots as Chicago defeated San Jose on Thursday night. It was a monumental night for DeBrincat, as he becomes the eighth player and second in Chicago to hit the 40-goal plateau this season. His first goal of the night came on the power play,... Read More

4 weeks ago

Sergei Bobrovsky Gets Sunday Start Against Canucks

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will start Sunday night in Vancouver as the Blue Jackets take on the Canucks. It's a welcome return to action for the netminder as he missed the last game while dealing with an upper-body injury. After participating in practice on Saturday, Bobrovsky was given the all clear and will... Read More

1 month ago

Point Streak Reaches Seven Games for Mark Giordano

Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano picked up a goal and two assists, directly contributing to all three of Calgary's goals in Saturday's win over the Canucks. Giordano now has 10 points in his last seven games, registering at least a point in each game in that stretch. Already setting a career high in points and... Read More

1 month ago

Mike Smith Heating Up, Earns Second Straight Win

Calgary Flames goaltender Mike Smith was tapped to start consecutive games for the first time this month and responded with his second win in as many games. Stopping 27 of 28 shots that he faced Saturday night, Smith posted the best save percentage he has had since a shutout in early December. Smith looked to... Read More

1 month ago

Cody Eakin Earns First 20-Goal Campaign of Career

Vegas Golden Knights center Cody Eakin scored a goal in Saturday night's loss to Detroit, his third marker in the last four games, giving him 20 goals on the season. Eakin also has 38 points on the season now, which is only two points away from matching a career high for the 27-year-old forward. His... Read More

1 month ago


Anthony Mantha Pockets Two, Scores Overtime Winner

Detroit Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha scored two goals late in Saturday night's win over the Golden Knights, including the game-winner in overtime. Mantha now has 19 goals on the season and is on the cusp of reaching the 20 goal plateau for the second consecutive season. The pair of goals snapped a six-game pointless... Read More

1 month ago

Crease in Chicago Belongs to Corey Crawford Again

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has been tapped to start Saturday afternoon in Colorado. Head coach Jeremy Colliton also indicated that Crawford would be the go-to starter for the rest of the season, barring any injuries. With Collin Delia back in the minors this should not come as much of a surprise, but it is... Read More

1 month ago

Flyers Turn to Carter Hart for Saturday Matinee

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Carter Hart will start for the Flyers Saturday afternoon as they face the Islanders. Hart has won two of his last three starts and faced an average of 39 shots in that span. The young netminder has done a lot to calm concerns about the crease in Philadelphia this season, and due... Read More

1 month ago

Dustin Brown Hits 20-Goal Plateau in Win Over Sharks

Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown scored a goal and an assist on Thursday night to go with his team-high seven shots. Brown now has 20 goals on the season, the first time he has put together back-to-back 20 goal campaigns since the 2011-2012 season. This has come on the back of an elevated shooting... Read More

1 month ago

Pair of Goals From Andreas Athanasiou Powers Detroit Win

Detroit Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou pocketed a pair of goals on Saturday, scoring Detroit's only goals in a win over the Islanders. Athanasiou now has 26 goals on the season and has a chance to be the first 30-goal scorer for Detroit in almost 10 years. He also put a team-high six shots on... Read More

1 month ago


Predators Win But Cold Streak Continues for Mattias Ekholm

Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm threw three shots on net in 25:22 minutes of ice time in Saturday's win but had little to show for it, registering zero points for the sixth straight game. Although Ekholm has already reached a career-high 42 points this year, he only has one point across his last 12 games.... Read More

1 month ago

Brent Burns Continues to Show Play-Making Proficiency in Loss

San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns recorded an assist during Saturday night's loss, giving him 61 assists and 74 points on the season. Burns is now just two points shy of matching a career high in points. The former forward is more well known for his goal-scoring prowess, but a career-best assist mark and a... Read More

1 month ago

Connor McDavid the Sole Driving Force Behind Oilers Win

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid scored two goals, one on the penalty kill and one in overtime, along with an assist in Saturday night's victory over the Coyotes. McDavid had a big part in all three of Edmonton's goals, scoring the first and third goals and picking up the primary assist on the remaining goal.... Read More

1 month ago

Coyotes Fall Short Despite Productive Night From Alex Galchenyuk

Arizona Coyotes forward Alex Galchenyuk collected a pair of goals Saturday night, including one power-play marker, but it was not enough to earn the win against the Oilers. Galchenyuk tied the game up twice with notches in the first and second period, but with Galchenyuk being Arizona's lone goal scorer, there was not enough offense... Read More

1 month ago

Elias Pettersson Shines in Loss, Gets Little Support

Vancouver Canucks forward Elias Pettersson scored a power-play goal in Friday night's shootout loss to the Devils. Pettersson was also the lone goal scorer for Vancouver during the shootout that lasted seven rounds before Damon Severson clinched the victory for New Jersey. After a four-game pointless streak, Pettersson has picked up points in three of... Read More

1 month ago


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